Shades of Grey: Stadium Smoking

The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey
The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.

Submitted for Your Discussion & Consideration

You’re at the local baseball game with your family, sitting up in the stands. It’s a small stadium, so you can see across and around you at most of what is going on. You see a father come in with his son and sit below you. Your 16 year old recognizes the other boy, also 16, from his class.

Over the course of the game, the father comes and goes, bringing back food for the son and beers for himself. About halfway through the game, the father starts to smoke even though it is a smoke-free stadium. You can smell the smoke, but say nothing. A little while later, the Dad leaves and comes back with two beers and gives one to his son. Both are now drinking beer and watching the game.

Do you think that, even though you let the smoking go, you would stay quiet while the father allowed his teenager to drink beer? Since your own son is with you, do you think that you are more likely to say something to the father?



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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.