Mayor from government party smokes at the office


The War on Fun is all nice and dandy, but apparently it shouldn’t impede on the little pleasures that its proponents enjoy. Mayor Ruud Vreeman of Tilburg, member of the PvdA (Labour) party that’s in the fun-hating government coalition that banned smoking in bars last year, lights up a cigar now and then in his office. According to Brabants Dagblad (Dutch), the mayor was found out because the stench of his cigars was noticed by a visitor.

A city spokesperson told Revu (Dutch): “‘Vreeman knows it’s not allowed. He will stop immediately. He regrets smoking in the building and will never do it again.”

Well, until next time.

Photo by Jan Lapère, used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2. Via Jong Nieuws (Dutch), which has been writing way too little about Tilburg lately.


  1. “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” – S. Freud

    Comment by Astrid — February 8, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

  2. And so Tilburg makes it into 24oranges again. How do they do it? :)

    Comment by Orangemaster — February 9, 2009 @ 10:19 am

  3. They just try a little bit harder. Yay Tilburg!

    Comment by Branko Collin — February 9, 2009 @ 10:22 am

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