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Bingo players hold smoke-in at mobile home park

The manager at King's Manor warns that residents should not continue breaking a new ban on smoking in the park's recreation hall.

Disregarding recently installed "no smoking" signs on the door of their recreation complex, smokers at King's Manor Mobile Home Park puffed at will Tuesday night at their regularly scheduled bingo games.

Park manager Jim Callahan left King's Manor at about 5 p.m., an hour before the residents' planned "smoke-in" was to begin. The residents, who have smoked in the recreation hall for years, oppose a new rule banning smoking throughout the building.

"This is not so much about smoking as it is about our rights," said park resident Teresa Morgan, who helped organize the smoke-in. "They can't just take privileges away from us without asking what we think."

Callahan said he didn't try to stop Tuesday night's protest. "We let them have their smoke-in," he said. But residents shouldn't expect to continue violating the park's new policy, he said.

"We will take the appropriate action at the appropriate time," Callahan said. He declined to elaborate.

Morgan said the park's smoking bingo players will continue to puff and play as if the no-smoking signs were not posted. She said they have designated half the room a no-smoking section for those who don't want to light up.

"That's fair," she said. "Don't you think?"