We’ve seen driving while black and even walking while black, but cooking out while black is a new addition to the list.
Video shows a man who identifies himself as a neighborhood council official advising a Florida resident that his BBQ smoke isn’t allowed to leave the property.
“I’m only here because of the odor, I’m only here because of the smoke,” the official told the resident.
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The official said it’s fine if the homeowner can smell the BBQ on his own property, but the smell shouldn’t leave the property.
“You’re allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesn’t count, but when I’m on the street, that’s when it counts,” the official explained.
The resident told the official that other people on the street cook-out regularly without harassment.
According to the official, the BBQ smoke is fine so long as it doesn’t bother anyone.
“Commercial barbecue cookers are not exempt from causing a nuisance odor,” the environmental section of the Pinellas County website states. “If a sufficient number of complaints, representing different households, are reported and an Inspector witnesses the problem, they can issue a Warning Letter.”