But things have apparently changed.
A manager approached us and asked that we no longer vape inside the facility. A sign had been posted out front (see image).
The sign is patently ridiculous. There is a road and another parking lot within 50ft of this door.
In protest I submitted the following comment:
"Yesterday we were told we may no longer use or carry our vaping products in or within 50ft of your Chili’s restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA. The sign out front says “No Smoking or vapor cigarettes within 50ft of Entrance.”
Vaping uses these exact ingredients (propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, food flavorings and nicotine) found virtually all food (nicotine, for example, is found in tomatoes).
Further, in your kitchens these same ingredients are heated, just like in “vapor cigarettes,” to create the smells which fill your facilities.
We are not smoking. “Vapor cigarettes” are fully legal here and not restricted by law in any way here. You cannot ban us from doing what you do utilizing these same ingredients similarly (by heating).
This is discrimination and an attack on our Constitutional rights of “liberty” and the “pursuit of happiness.”
We have been weekly customers for more than 30 years and spent $50,000 in that time for business and pleasure. We will lose our rewards points.
I am very sad that your company has chosen this route and I plan to challenge what you have done and to make a public matter of this issue."
I generally don't even vape nicotine which makes this even more frustrating.
Sadly, we are no longer going to return. We have many friends there including on the staff but there is little we can do.
We have noticed a disturbing pattern in other "chain" restaurants lately along these same lines.
I plan on pursuing the matter as best I can...