Insider recently stayed at a budget-priced propertyImage in the Midwest that just couldn't seem to decide which way the smoke was blowing -- in terms of smoking itself, that is. We'd requested a smoking room, but at check-in we were directed to one that had a No Smoking sign on the door. Inside, on a desk, sat an ashtray, which bore a warning in red letters on the bottom: "This Is a Nonsmoking Room." We called the front desk. "Go ahead and light up. Everyone else does. That's why the ashtray is there," the manager said, wholly oblivious of the irony in all this. Why then the No Smoking sign on the door? "Well, it's sort of fashionable these days, ya know?"

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