When Paula Grzelak-Schultz returned to the car she left in a parking lot, she quickly spotted a paper placed on her windshield. She thought it was a ticket.
Overnight, her car had been parked in the parking lot of Original Joe's Bar. After having a few drinks with her husband, Grzelak-Schultz made the choice to take an Uber home.
But when Grzelak-Schultz opened the paper she found a letter from the bar's manager as well as a gift certificate:
"Dear Original Joe's Sherwood Park Guest,
"Just wanted to thank you for leaving your car parked overnight. I'm not sure if you had consumed alcohol at our restaurant or not, but we wanted to thank you for not drinking and driving. Enclosed is a voucher good for 1 lb of our delicious chicken wings. Please accept this as a thank you for being responsible. Life is valuable, have a great weekend."
Of the experience Grzelak-Schultz said, "I was sure it was going to be a ticket or a scolding for leaving my vehicle there for so long. I was truly surprised and so pleased that the manager took the time to acknowledge my good judgement."
More than 10,000 people die every year as a result of drunk-driving crashes. Even if you don't get in a crash, in the U.S., you can go to jail if you are drinking and driving. Don't be one of these statistics:
If you plan to drink, plan how you'll get home ahead of time i.e. book an Uber, make plans with a sober family member, designate a sober driver at the party, figure out your route on public transit etc.
Support others in their efforts to avoid driving under the influence by offering rides or incentives.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the police.