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Ron White Investigated Over Cigar Incident

5/7/2009 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ron WhiteThey used to call him Tater Salad, but in North Dakota comedian Ron White now goes by another name -- suspect.

It's all over something White did with his cigar during a show in Bismarck -- he lit it. Apparently the city has an ordinance against smoking in public places, and when some 55-year-old spoiler of fun tipped off the cops about White's routine, they decided to investigate.

According to the Bismark Tribune, a plain clothed officer rolled over to one of White's shows to document the alleged law-breaking. The report says White took all of three puffs during the show.

Now, the cops have turned the report over to the city attorney, who will decide whether they want to pursue the case.

White faces a $500 fine -- which he could probably just rustle up from underneath his couch cushions.

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notabunny    

Can't wait to hear his impressions on this "incident" in his next routine! hahahaa it's gonna be a hoot!

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JOHN MCENERY    

you've got to be kidding.

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18.

Janelle    

Come on... This man is a great entertainer. Haven't they got someone else to pick on? Give me a break. Leave the guy alone!!!! I think he's brilliant.

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hahahaha    

Calling all cars..... LAME!!!!

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20.

Rob    

Winston Churchill smoked 300,000 cigars in his lifetime and Hitler was a nonsmoker being a smoker doesn't make you evil and being a nonsmoker doesn't make you a saint.

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Just my opinion    

I love Ron "Tater Salad" White...................

1945 days ago
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Just my opinion    

Hey toofastforyou

I AM twentyFIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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23.

pua    

Well in the immortal words of John Stewart, we can now lower the terror alert from Red to Orange now that Ron has been stopped from smoking.........

1945 days ago
24.

Buckz    

Sad.
Really sad.
Pathetic.
Juvenile.
Smokers pay heavy taxes to the point they OWN you, and this is how they are treated.
Next time you go to the ballpark, think of the taxes extricated from the smokers so that there can be such a nice place, and yet there is nowhere in the ballpark to smoke.

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ndcowgirl    

As someone else who lives in Bismarck, the large majority of us find this completely ridiculous! The man who wrote the letter must be living a life of hell now. Each person that purchased tickets for that show knows he smokes. Big deal. But the police had to follow up the letter or they'd be hearing it for not following a citizens complaint. The cops are not the ones to exactly blame here. Just the guy that wrote the letter. A 55 year old tattle tale. Very sad indeed. The hard part is knowing we have become a laughing stock now. And who knows what Larry the Cable Guy will say tomorrow night when he is here. And to the person trashing BISMARCK (that's how it's spelled), it's not as bad here as you describe. Without really giving the city a chance, you don't know what you are talking about.

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also an ND resident    

I, too, live in ND. As ridiculous as the sting operation sounds, the PD was merely following up on a citizen's complaint. Most of us ND'rs think it was a waste of time on the PD's part, given the fact that all he did was sit through two shows and turn in a report. The citizen who ratted it out in the first place is the one who is feeling the backlash from outraged Bismarckers and ND'rs. What a way to make the news! Sign me, DISGUSTED
Ron White is awesome!!

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