The gas station owner told police one man tried to take a carton of cigarettes from a storage room while the other man distracted him by checking out.
The owner of Shorewood’s Citgo didn’t fall for a ruse two men tried to pull on him in order to bilk his gas station out of a carton of cigarettes on Friday. The owner of the gas station located at 1602 E. Capitol Dr. told police one man tried to take a carton of cigarettes from a storage room while the other man distracted him by checking out. He confronted the man attempting to take the cigarettes, a scuffle ensued and he ended up punching both men in the face on their way out of the store, he told police. The suspects left empty-handed.
While some Wisconsin tavern owners said they have lost business, one local bar says they have gained new customers and better health.
July marks the one-year anniversary of the state smoking ban, and the two-year anniversary of Shorewood’s smoking ban. Savanna Oehrle, who has been a manager of the Village Pub and Grill for five years, said the smoking bans have increased their business, bringing in new customers who had been uncomfortable in the smoky atmosphere. After the Shorewood smoking ban was implemented on July 1, 2009, Oehrle said despite losing some customers, food sales went up and alcohol sales held steady. “We had a lot more people coming to eat, especially families during the day,” Oehrle said. “A lot of non-smokers would stay longer because it wasn’t so smoky.” Although many Wisconsin tavern owners said they lost business after the state ban, a survey …