The law (read the bill here) would require bowling alleys to post signs at exits warning bowlers not to wear their bowling shoes outside. The alleys would then be protected from lawsuits filed by people who slip and fall in their bowling shoes.
While this sounds about as common as 300-point game, those in the bowling business say slip-and-fall lawsuits roll in with regularity.
And they’ve become more common since New York’s indoor smoking ban took effect in 2003. These days, those seeking a smoke go outside. But if it’s rainy or snowy, leather-soled bowling shoes can become wet and slippery, thus the increased risk of injury. Some centers try to keep their shoes indoors. “We try to enforce that,” said Brian Loudermilk of Schenectady’s Boulevard Bowl. They also let people keep their street shoes with them to use if they want to go outside, he said.
So far, the bill hasn’t gotten out of the gutter – er – committee.
Links of the Day:
– Syracuse’s I-81 stretch through the city will either be a boulevard or an elevated highway.
– A Buffalo developer wants a sales tax-free zone downtown.