In the UK, over half a million breath tests are carried out each year on drivers, and on average 100,000 are found to be positive.
Drinking and driving is a global problem, and having too much alcohol in your system slows your reactions, reduces your field of vision and gives you poor judgement – a toxic cocktail which can cause serious accidents.
So when Alberta, Canada, resident Paula Grzela-Schultz had a few drinks with her husband in Original Joe’s restaurant and bar in Edmonton, she made the responsible decision and ordered a taxi home.
Grzela-Schultz had driven to the restaurant that night, and left it in the car park.
When she came to collect her vehicle in the morning, she found the following note attached, written by the managing partner of the restaurant, Jay McLean:
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 1lb of our chicken wings. Please accept this as a thank you for being responsible. Life is valuable, have a great weekend.
About the note, she said:
I thought I was getting in trouble for leaving my car in front of the entryway to the pub.
The note quickly drew the attention of people on Facebook, and received almost 10,000 shares since she put it up last week.
Some Facebook users claimed that the note was strategic marketing:
Cathy Jones Robinson:
Never drink and drive for sure, but from a business standpoint, this is genius marketing.
But Grzela-Schultz insisted that it was just an act of kindness:
Majority of the response has been positive. Jay, is a great guy, truly only doing what he feels is right. I can't believe that some people actually are accusing him of taking advantage of the situation. He's been doing it for over a year, with no expectations. Just being a good guy.