Will the Dude Abide? NY proposes bowling shoes law

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The Dude wore jellies outside in “The Big Lebowski,” so this might not apply to him, but lawmakers are looking at toughening laws on where people can wear bowling shoes.

Western New York lawmakers — Sen. Patrick Gallivan¬† and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger — are sponsoring legislation that would require bowling alley owners to post signs that warn bowlers to not wear bowling shoes outside, Gannett’s WGRZ reports.

When they go outside with the shoes, like to have a cigarette, they come back with wet shoes and increase the likelihood of a fall on the lanes.

“Some things that might seem small to others, might be of significance to another group,” Gallivan told WGRZ.

Bowling alley owners want the law to help them stave off growing insurance costs. Since the state’s ban on indoor smoking took effect a decade ago, more bowlers are suing because they go in and out and then fall on the lanes, Gallivan said.

“There have been cases like that that I’ve heard about,” said Roseann Lis, assistant manager of Thruway lanes in Cheektowaga. “It’s just good common sense not to wear bowling shoes, designed to slip, anywhere but on the lanes,” she said.

Illinois enacted a similar law four years ago, the station reported. The Daily News today reported that lawyers are opposing the law.

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