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Pot Smoking Break at Pike Place Market - Seattle WA

Break /brāk/ (verb): a pause in work or during an activity or event.

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an employee

of a produce stand in the Main Arcade at Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market

takes a ‘coffee’ break from work.

Except it was only 08:19.

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Smoking marijuana was legalized in the state of Washington last year,

so while this fellow was not breaking the law on one hand,

it is still illegal to smoke pot in public.

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I wonder if his boss knows he is taking ‘this’ kind of break from his duties.

I watched him for perhaps a half hour

while I sat in my vehicle reviewing images I’d captured,

and he repeatedly came outside the open doorway

(his job was just inside this door to the left as I saw him there ‘working’),

sat on a narrow ledge,

and indulged his habit of choice.

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Regardless of what I think about the passage of this law

(I have positive and negative thoughts on the issue),

I don’t think I’ll ever get used

to seeing people

light up

in a



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32 Responses to Pot Break – Weekly Top Shot #116

  • Helene says:

    I’m with you on this one! Madge, with your photos and blog I get to see things I ordinarily wouldn’t see. Thanks! Hugs and Happy New Year!!!

  • Don says:

    I agree with your feeling about lighting up in public. I think it will bring more surprise drug testing in the work place.

  • HoodPhoto says:

    Excellent shot that really shows the uniqueness of the state you live in, compared to the rest of the country right now. Have a great weekend!

  • Oh yes! I believe the law is unenforceable, don’t you? “No smoking in public” and “no transportation over state lines.” Ha! (And I’d say this particular guy has a problem, wouldn’t you?)

    • Madge Bloom says:

      So far I haven’t see a lot of enforcement. Last spring I called in on the 2-way radio from my school bus while driving down International Boulevard (Highway 99) which runs past SeaTac Airport, following a car full of Tyee Highschool students who were passing around a joint, ALL were partaking, including the driver. But dispatch didn’t call it into the police because it was just legalized… DUI is never legal! But I couldn’t argue the point over the 2-way… sadly I just followed them for several miles and watch them smoke away… This guy shouldn’t have a job, in my opinion.

  • Very interesting.. I can’t see how a person could keep a job like this!
    What people do on their personal time in their personal home is not my business, as long as they aren’t harming anyone else.. but a job is a job, and I can’t imagine seeing this in public.
    I am amused that you were able to sit & observe & photograph him though.. I felt like you could have been on a stake out or a private investigator. 🙂

  • Carletta says:

    What a wonderfully candid shot!
    If I were his employer he’d be fired regardless of the job. It may be legal but I don’t think on the job, any job, is an appropriate time to partake. Like one of your other readers I too think this guy has a problem. I don’t know if I would have but I would have wanted to tell his boss.

  • Nina says:

    Hi Madge, that is a really capturing a moment . . . I have never seen anyone smoking pot, I would have thought that it is an old-fashioned pipe.

  • Pat F. says:

    Well, whether it is legal or not, I would not want him to be my employee especially if he needs many breaks to partake in this addition. Also, I would not want to be his co-worker particularly if we worked together and I needed his help on anything; too many things could skew his judgement from his break smoking. Don’t know what is happening to this world or our young people!

  • Pat says:

    I will never understand what good could come from this law. Guess I am getting old. I can’t imagine being able to function satisfactorily in a job after smoking drugs. I am sure the boss has no idea. As the other comment mentioned…with age comes wisdom. Let’s hope that these youngsters will be able to receive the bar from us when the time comes…..

  • Karen says:

    Not something I would want my employee to be doing on the job, for sure! I’d be worried with money changing hands whether he could count straight! Great capture, Madge. Wishing you a good New Year. xo Karen

  • Cathy says:

    The problem with having your blog delivered right to my email is that I don’t pop over here near enough. So here I am catching up with comments. I loved this, what a great capture.

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