Scotland's ban on smoking in pubs has backfired, so to speak, on a > regular customer whose constant habit of breaking wind has now > resulted in his expulsion from his favorite watering hole. > > Stewart Laidlaw, 35, is being barred from Thirsty Kirsty's in > Dunfermline, Fife, for failing to control his flatulence. > > "No one could smell anything when the pub was full of cigarette smoke," > Laidlaw told Wales on Sunday. "I never used to complain about the > smell of their cigarette smoke, but now everyone complains about me. > It's just a natural thing. What can I do about it? I must be the first > person in the country to get banned from a pub for passing wind. But > it's not a title I want. I certainly don't see it as funny." > > The pub's owner is crying foul, saying the stench has become > unbearable since the country's smoking ban went into effect last year. > He thinks drinkers could have been breathing in the waft for years > without ever noticing it. > > (Story continues below) > > Laidlaw says the ban just snuck up on him, taking him by complete > surprise. > > "I went in and basically he turned round and said, 'Stewart, that's > the last fart you do in this pub. Get out.' I didn't even have a > chance to draw breath," he told the Dumfermline Press. > > "I just walked in and that's all he said to me. I don't know if he > meant I'd done it before or just then. He didn't let me ask. What I > remember when I walked in was there was a guy playing pool and it was > already stinking and everyone was laughing. It could have been anyone. > I've probably done it in the past â€“ when you're drinking and having a > laugh you don't think about it â€“ but that's not the point. I must be > the first person in Dunfermline to get banned from a pub for passing > wind. I'm really angry about the way I've been treated. He's making a > mountain out of a molehill." > > John Thow, the landlord at the pub, is blasting back, saying the > long-term flatulence was beyond a joke. > > "It is just disgusting," he told the Press. "He revels in this and > does it all the time and it's absolutely foul, it would make you sick. > Since the smoking ban he's made a career out of this. He has been > warned and asked politely to stop it on many occasions. > > "We are a bus station pub and trying to keep new customers. The final > straw was when an old gentleman came in and had his gin and tonic and > the old guy was almost sick. > > "Other people have dropped handbags, shall we say. But when > everybody's choking and I come out with the spray and say don't do it > again, they will appreciate that and stop it. > > "His defense is, 'It wasn't all this when I had to put up with the > smoking.' Everybody can pass wind but when you make a hobby of it, it > is going too far. > > "He will clear the pub out usually and he thinks it is very funny. I > don't have to give him a reason for not serving him but I did, maybe > thinking he would learn his lesson. But if he can't see the error of > his ways it's a lost cause. > > "I don't want him back. I don't need that behavior. It has been > detected for about a year [since the smoking ban], but it might have > been going on for a lot longer than that. > > "If we have to apologize to other customers for him, then that's too > much."