Ziggy’s Ritz- YOU SUCK.

We went to Ziggy’s Ritz. 5670 Springboro Pike, Dayton OH at 9pm tonight- the doors were open- and the smell of smoke still greeted us before we got through the doors.
I asked the girl at the door why I smelled smoke- and she said “Cause they’re not enforcing the law in bars for 6 months”-
I told her she was breaking the law- and she said they weren’t.
I was there to see my 17 year old employee be the DJ- he doesn’t smoke- but after less than 3 minutes in the place- our clothes stank.
Please take away their liquor license- if they can’t follow something as simple as a non-smoking law- they probably can’t ID properly- or collect taxes.
They didn’t have the required sign posted on the door either.

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  1. anonymous September 5, 2007 / 7:15 pm

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  2. gene September 5, 2007 / 11:49 pm

    I think a bar owner should decide for him/herself…. however, David Esrati talks about “breaking the law,” but he will not enforce simple laws in reference to drugs, immigration, tax codes, or hustling one business proposals/artistic integrity. Now that makes him a leader of Dayton. FITS IN…………

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  3. anonymous November 16, 2007 / 6:20 pm

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  4. Highschoolstudentdoinghisgovtproject February 20, 2008 / 12:56 pm

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  5. Seth February 20, 2008 / 2:18 pm

    “To implement and enforce this new law, the Director of Health will adopt rules focusing on enforcement authority and procedures. While ORC Chapter 3794 became effective Dec. 7, 2006, the director of health then has six months, or until June 7, 2007, to adopt rules.”

    Other things that are rights that the government regulates besides smoking:

    1) Marriage between two people
    2) Drug usage
    3) Abortion

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  6. mind speaker June 23, 2008 / 9:18 am

    I think public indoor places should NOT allow smoking because i dont think the non-smokers shoule suffer becuase smokers want to die early!! Not being able to smoke in public indoor places does not take away your freedom but to make those places more fresh and clean. You can still smoke outdoors so stop complaining on how not being to smoke indoors take away your freedom. DEAL WITH IT!!!!!

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  7. bobby allen August 21, 2009 / 9:36 pm

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  10. Melanie January 28, 2010 / 4:49 pm

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  11. bobby allen January 28, 2010 / 5:57 pm

    personally i think smoking should be illegal since everybody knows it kills so many people every year.
    but since it is legal you should be able to smoke in any place that allows it. let the non-smokers go to places where smoking is not allowed. i smoke sometimes when i am drinking and i don’t think a non-smoker should be able to stop me.
    lets all vote to make a law that says you will get arrested ANYWHERE that you do not have a cigarette in your mouth you will be arrested. i think we all know that 95% of people that voted for that law do not even go to bars.
    so shut the hell up and leave smokers alone !!!!!!!

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  12. Haterrr April 29, 2010 / 11:40 pm

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  13. Ice Bandit May 1, 2010 / 11:00 am

    …of all the dives and gin joints in this world she had to walk into this one. The watering hole was named Ziggy’s Ritz and I was working deep undercover. If my cover was blown and my real identity as David Esrati, ace volunteer detective with the Ohio Bureau of Smoke Detection was known, my investigation would be literally up in smoke. So I pulled the collars of my trenchcoat over the side of my face and tilted my fedora over my forehead. I was shocked, shocked to see the rampant law breaking going on in front of me; Marlboros being lit and enjoyed. Winstons and Camels were the drug of choice in this dive, and I was determined to bring them to justice. I could barely contain my rage when the doors swung open and she entered. To say she was classy was like saying the Bob Hope was a comedian. She had a face that Saint Peter would mistake for one of his assistants, legs that the Radio City Rockettes would envy and a balcony you could do Shakespeare from. When she looked my way, and ambled toward my barstool, I almost forgot my mission. She sat down next to me, her intoxicating perfume almost making me forget the choking smoke fumes that filled this den of inequity. For a few minutes we made small talk, and she seemed to like my company. But then she reached into her Dolce and Gabbana purse and pulled out a pack of Virginia Slims. Slowly she pulled one from the pack and placed it to her full and lucious lips. “Would you like to go back to my place?,” she asked sweetly. “Only if your place is smoker’s court,” I said, slamming the trap shut and handing her a $100 citation. “You may be smokin’ hot, sweetcheeks, but you’re also smoking.” Being Dayton’s chief smoke investigator is tough and often thankless work, I thought to myself. But as long as some low life lights up in an Ohio tavern in violation of the smoking ban, I’ll never rest. Or my name isn’t David Esrati    (to be continued)
     

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  14. Bubba Jones May 1, 2010 / 12:29 pm

    ^^^  That’s Pulitzer Prize stuff right there!!  Good stuff, Bandito!

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  15. Jesse May 3, 2010 / 2:23 pm

    How can it be that the people who most value freedom on earth, American’s, have so little concept about what the word even means?  You do not have a “right” to enter MY bar!  You do not set the terms upon which we will engage in business.  Either we negotiate or I, the seller, sets the conditions and you agree…as the product or service is mine, I decide for what I will relinquish it.
    The concept of “positive rights” is destroying people’s ability to understand the very nature of rights and poses the biggest threat to freedom that I have ever seen.
    As opposed to a system where a monarch or a tyrant rules, and can be overthrown, we now have a system where “freedoms” and “rights” are decided by whim.
     
    Please read “The Ethics of Liberty” by Rothbard and “Democracy – The God That Failed” by Hoppe
     
     
     
     

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  16. Bubba Jones May 3, 2010 / 6:05 pm

    You’re right Jesse!!  You as the owner of a building/business should be able to decide if you want smoking in it or not.  And, either the market will support you or they won’t.
     
    Maybe our benevolent host, Mr. E, will be so kind as to link up the thread that was on this website back when the issue was coming up for a vote.  If my foggy memory serves me correctly, I posted similar sentiments back then.  Our host responded with something about needing to protect the young workers in the bars from second hand smoke.  God bless the nanny state!!

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  17. Robert Vigh May 4, 2010 / 2:57 pm

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  18. Ice Bandit May 4, 2010 / 7:59 pm

      Robert Vigh. You can remove your tongue from your cheek now…

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  19. bob June 20, 2010 / 9:41 pm

    It’s 3 years later and people smoke all the time there, even the guy checking ID’s and taking money at the door! So they are breaking the law and don’t care. Another bar southof Dayton doing the same is Bojangles. I guess Ohio doesn’t have the resources to enforce the law.

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  20. David Esrati June 21, 2010 / 10:34 am

    @Bob- thanks for the update- I didn’t think things had changed- more toothless laws. Only in Ohio….

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  22. joe_mamma October 20, 2010 / 7:49 am

    “You may be smokin’ hot, sweetcheeks, but you’re also smoking.”  – Ice Bandit

    Ha!  Timeless storytelling Ice.  I was hoping you would have slipped in a “don’t be a Dragon Lady” reference to this classic PSA.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVxn4s4-LvQ

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  23. Holly October 25, 2010 / 11:29 pm

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  24. Doug March 10, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    You should first learn the english language before opening your ignorant mouth. This is the best bar in Dayton hands down idiot. What parent lets their 17 year old work in a bar. Go to hell fruit cake.

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