St Paul Nanny Police at it again

St Paul Nanny Police at it again

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Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 26, 2012
St. Paul soda fountain busted for selling candy cigarettes
Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune Updated: December 26, 2012 - 1:01 PM

A back-in-the-day soda fountain in St. Paul has been busted for selling cigarettes -- made of candy.

Lynden's, on Hamline Avenue near Cretin-Derham Hall High School, said a city inspections official came in last week and gave the shop a warning and added that a misdemeanor citation -- with a $500 fine -- would be next if the cancer-free confectionery continues to be sold.

"We got busted [Dec. 19] by the City of St. Paul. Oops," the shop Tweeted.

Candy cigarettes, bubble gum cigars and bubblegum made to look like chewing tobacco have been among a host of vintage sugary treats that Lynden's has kept in stock since it opened in April.

"We had no idea," Tobi Lynden said Wednesday, lamenting that she can no longer sell the white candy sticks with the red tips, her best-selling candy item. "We don't want to get on the bad side of St. Paul."

Lynden said nearly all of the candy cigarette purchases were made by adults.

" 'Oh, I had these when I was little,' " she said she would often hear. "We weren't trying to promote smoking or tobacco use of any kind."

And just what would prompt a bureaucrat to ferret out such nefarious activity?

"Somebody from Bloomington called and reported us," Lynden said. "The whole thing is pretty weird."

Robert Humphrey, spokesman or the city's Safety and Inspections Department, said the complaint came to his agency on Dec. 13. An inspector visited Lynden's on Dec. 19 and had the verboten products immediately removed from the sales floor.

In April 2009, a unanimous City Council outlawed candy smokes and cartoon character lighters. The council cited a study showing that these products encouraged youngsters to take up smoking tobacco.

Lynden’s Facebook page has collected dozens of comments decrying the enforcement action and the rationale behind it.

“I just got through a bag of gummy bears,” one person wrote.“ Now I can’t stop thinking about where to find a REAL bear to eat!”

Several countries prohibit the sale of candy cigarettes, including Australia, Canada and Thailand. In the United States, some national retailers have agreed not to sell them. Maine and Tennessee and several local jurisdictions in other states have banned the sale of novelty lighters.

The ordinance was championed by a group of St. Paul teenagers working with the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota, which educates youth groups and individuals who want to lobby for anti-tobacco policies.

Humphrey said he gets a complaint "about once a year" concerning the sale of candy cigarettes and other sugary tobacco-themed products in his city.

"We enforce this on a complaint basis," Humphrey said." This isn't taking time away from any major enforcement [actions]

Since: Oct 08

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#2 Dec 26, 2012
In the mean time, slum lords continue to raise the rent in sub par housing units, the real drug dealers continue to deal, and no body goes to Downtown St Paul for anything. Keep up the good work St Paul you are the shining light of the DFL!!
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 26, 2012
Niether of the Above wrote:
In the mean time, slum lords continue to raise the rent in sub par housing units, the real drug dealers continue to deal, and no body goes to Downtown St Paul for anything. Keep up the good work St Paul you are the shining light of the DFL!!
But on the plus side, they asked for $40 million in debt to be forgiven by the state so they could set up a refrigerated outdoor ice rink..........

Since: Oct 08

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#4 Dec 26, 2012
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>But on the plus side, they asked for $40 million in debt to be forgiven by the state so they could set up a refrigerated outdoor ice rink..........
Well this is so all those inner city kids have an opportunity to play hockey outdoors. all 215 of them. I love Liberal America, they make everyone feel good, regardless of what it costs or who has to pay for it!!

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#5 Dec 26, 2012
It just gets dumber every day.
Liberal fools

United States

#6 Dec 26, 2012
Why allow consumption of ANY candy, it encourages kids to eat unhealthy food?

Get serious St Paul, BAN IT ALL!!

BTW, are those evil LARGE pops banned yet, come on Coolman NYC is ahead of you...

Get with it.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Dec 26, 2012
Liberal fools wrote:
Why allow consumption of ANY candy, it encourages kids to eat unhealthy food?
Get serious St Paul, BAN IT ALL!!
BTW, are those evil LARGE pops banned yet, come on Coolman NYC is ahead of you...
Get with it.
Alcohol can be deleterious to health as well, the city of ST Paul should ban all alcohol in the city limits.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#8 Dec 26, 2012
You guys are missing the mantra here. Don't ban these things, tax them to death. That way they can collect lots of revenue from evildoers and feel good about themselves in the process.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Dec 26, 2012
cantmakeitup wrote:
You guys are missing the mantra here. Don't ban these things, tax them to death. That way they can collect lots of revenue from evildoers and feel good about themselves in the process.
I think the ban is better, it would help them to link the inputs of the ideas with the results more quickly. Downtown St Paul restaurants would die a pretty quick death with no alcohol sales.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#10 Dec 26, 2012
cantmakeitup wrote:
You guys are missing the mantra here. Don't ban these things, tax them to death. That way they can collect lots of revenue from evildoers and feel good about themselves in the process.
This is the Mantra of the Elitists from the Left and Right both!

The latest.....Make Weed Legal and "TAX IT!"

Not, stop making criminals out of people whose choice of drugs we don't like.

Not, stop filling prisons with people that prefer Weed over Booze.

Not, stop the Collective Fascists from deciding the morality of Free People whose choice the Mob finds to be objectionable.

Nope...TAX IT!

I have a Radical Idea......

Let Free and Responsible People "Choose"...and suffer the consequence of their choices.

If I like Candy Cigarettes, Fauch what you "Feel" about my choice!

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#11 Dec 26, 2012
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>I think the ban is better, it would help them to link the inputs of the ideas with the results more quickly. Downtown St Paul restaurants would die a pretty quick death with no alcohol sales.
But that might make a modicum of sense and would not generate lots of new revenue for bike paths and dog parks and such.
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#12 Dec 26, 2012
Looks like some folks don't know kids are impressionable and YOU don't respect laws...

Pretty sadly, your kids are stupid and you THEN blame teachers...
Libertards

United States

#13 Dec 26, 2012
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>I think the ban is better, it would help them to link the inputs of the ideas with the results more quickly. Downtown St Paul restaurants would die a pretty quick death with no alcohol sales.
Is there a restaurant IN DT St Paul?
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#14 Dec 26, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
Looks like some folks don't know kids are impressionable and YOU don't respect laws...
Pretty sadly, your kids are stupid and you THEN blame teachers...
Thank you for the "Moderate" perspective of a Sociopath that seeks to eliminate Constitutional Rights.
More NRA Carnage

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Dec 26, 2012
The you for the "Fringe Extremist" perspective of a drunken moron that seeks to end America as we know it.

Are you ready for some help with that 4th Step yet?
Another Bob

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Dec 26, 2012
More NRA Carnage wrote:
The you for the "Fringe Extremist" perspective of a drunken moron that seeks to end America as we know it.
Are you ready for some help with that 4th Step yet?
Too bad you made the same mistake for the 3rd time. And you make fun of others? Ha! Stupidity is your middle name.
More NRA Carnage

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Dec 26, 2012
Another Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Too bad you made the same mistake for the 3rd time. And you make fun of others? Ha! Stupidity is your middle name.
Thank you for the "Fringe Extremist" perspective of a drunken moron that seeks to end America as we know it.

Are you ready for some help with that 4th Step yet?
Another Bob

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Dec 26, 2012
More NRA Carnage wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for the "Fringe Extremist" perspective of a drunken moron that seeks to end America as we know it.
Are you ready for some help with that 4th Step yet?
Hussein Obama is the one who said he was going to 'fundamentally change' America as we know it. He sure is doing that, isn't he? 50 million on food stamps.$16 trillion in debt. Dead Ambassadors. And the Constitution is merely a "bump in the road". I can't wait to see what the next 4 years will give us.
More NRA Carnage

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Dec 26, 2012
Pipe down, Schmahl.
Liberal fools

United States

#22 Dec 26, 2012
Another Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Hussein Obama is the one who said he was going to 'fundamentally change' America as we know it. He sure is doing that, isn't he? 50 million on food stamps.$16 trillion in debt. Dead Ambassadors. And the Constitution is merely a "bump in the road". I can't wait to see what the next 4 years will give us.
I'm thinking it would be best to live outside the USA for the next 4 years.

For some reason there are a lot of police killings, it's like the crazies are coming out the woodwork to perform for President Obama.

I'm getting a CC permit and using it.

Never have I ever felt like I needed a defensive weapon like now.

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