Because the employees use the bike rack as a smoking area?
As someone who bikes and smokes I find the concept of not being able to smoke near a bike rack quite offensive. Bad enough I can't smoke in bars anymore and now someone thinks certain parts of outside should be off limits too??
Has it ever occurred to a non-smoker that the fact that they're not smoking might be offensive to smokers? And a non-smoker who used to be one like the blogger is even worse. First they turn-coated on their fellow smokers and now they actively campaign against them.
If one does not like my second hand smoke they have two options:
1. Deal with it.
2. Stop breathing.
Has it ever occurred to a non-smoker that the fact that they're not smoking might be offensive to smokers?
Except nobody ever died as a direct result of a non-smoker blowing fresh air into their face.
...That there was a no-smoking sign right where that picture was taken from. Maybe it is for the (currently pad-locked off) courtyard behind the fence? I've never noticed a receptcle either, but I'm not a smoker and generally wouldn't go looking for one.
As obnoxious as I find smoking, I think that probably is the best area for the smokers however; the sidewalk is widest there, and they're not right by the entrance.
Perhaps the grocery store manager didn't take the cyclist as seriously as he might have had the cyclist not 'faked enthusiasm' and instead tried engaging the manager with more sincerity. It's not too tough to pick up on sarcasm... most in the service industry don't appreciate it. That being said, I side with the bike rider. It's absurd to have a smoking section next to the bike racks. Just put an ashtray on the opposite side of the entrance and the smoking lemmings will follow.
What a coddled baby this one is.
As a full-time biker and part-time tobacco enthusiast, I'm amused that someone would blog about such a concern. At first I wondered if the issue was ash getting on the bikes, or a fire hazard, but I seriously doubt these workers are menacing the bikes any more than our salty, sleety New England ambiance does. And as for inhaling the break-taker's secondhand smoke? I doubt it. If they're blowing the smoke directly in your face, slug them one. Otherwise, there is no way you're getting enough 'secondhand smoke' to effect you. You are in the most ventilated area possible - the outdoors.
The REAL reason to be boycotting Shaws, in Allston or otherwise, is that their prices and grocers practices are abhorrent.