Monday, February 08, 2010
What Part Of Na Caitear Tobac Don't You Understand
As far as guns drawn and shots fired, and that's going to extremes over a nasty habit.
A couple of Irishmen were in a Queens bowling alley and by all accounts, they were committing the egregious crime of smoking cigarettes. Indoors. God help us all. The world is surely coming to an end.
The bowling alley is situated in Jackson Heights, not what anyone would call a posh neighborhood. No fancy wines by the glass at the 34th Avenue Lanes. Odds are good that Gerard Hourigan and Justin Donaghy were drinking beer. Possibly too much beer. Mr. Hourigan is from Limerick. A bad combination, all in all.
A security guard at the bowling alley, a former cop, told the pair to leave because there's no smoking indoors. The guard once worked in the prison ward of Kings County Hospital. He's most likely not one to take any guff, and certainly not from a pair of drunken Irishmen.
The lads wouldn't leave peacefully and Michael Iavecchio, ex-cop, drew his weapon and fired. Either he's not a good shot or he was only trying to scare the men off. Their wounds aren't life-threatening.
After they get out of hospital, they'll be properly arrested for smoking indoors and have their day in court. A judge will decide if a bullet in the stomach is sufficient punishment for the misdemeanor, or if the gentlemen will face further penalities.
So it looks like smoking doesn't actually kill you.
I'm going out for a smoke.