A few days ago I went to purchase some computer Hardware in Wynberg, Cape Town and experienced a situation that was totally embarrassing for a young lady and possibly got her into some very hot water.
The shop I went to is situated on the upper floor of Maynard Mall in Wynberg called Vefa and they specialize in computer hardware.
I don’t believe it is unethical for me to mention the name of the shop as it reflects nothing bad about the shop.
When I got there, there was a Muslim young Lady dressed in a traditional Muslim robe all in black with some gold trimming, she was really looking nice. She was standing away from the counter actually smoking a cigarette. Behind me was an elderly man who could easily have been between 55 to 60 years old. Well her smoking very quickly caught his attention and the ensuing conversation went like this. "Why are you smoking in the shop? would you allow me to smoke here as well?" she replied "No" he then said "Then why are you smoking in the shop?" she replied very sarcastically "Because I'm prepared to pay the fine". The old man left it at that and left the shop.
Just as she was handing me the Computer Tower Case I was purchasing, the old man returned with the Security Guards of the mall and pointed her out to them and said he was not happy that she had been smoking in the shop and everyone present could bear witness to this and he now demanded that they take the necessary action and report it to the local police. What a sight to see the shock and embarrassment on the young lady's face. This is where I had to leave because I had another appointment.
As I stood there though and watched this whole “drama” unfold, nobody knew that I was actually standing there and "smoking" too. I was enjoying my "smoke" without bothering anyone.
You see that's the beauty of SNUS. It is invisible and once in your mouth (snug beneath your upper lip) you really are enjoying the satisfaction of a smoke without anyone around you aware that you are "smoking".
I don't break any laws and do not open myself to any lawsuit and do not endanger anybody's life.
I wonder what happened after I had left. Was the young lady charged and did she have to appear and also pay a fine. I can’t wait to go back there sometime soon to find out. I will keep you posted.