Drunk drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but to everyone around them. But this fact doesn’t seem to stop people from getting behind the wheel after having too many drinks. In the United States alone, impaired driving causes nearly 30 deaths every day. It’s a shocking statistic, but one that shows just how important stories like this are.
The owner of the bar Original Joe’s in Alberta, Canada knows just how big a problem drinking and driving is. That is why he was very concerned when he saw Paula Grzelak-Schultz leave his bar and head to the parking lot after an evening of heavy drinking. But then she did something that he had not often seen people do.
Paula went out to her car and then stopped and looked at it for a few moments. But instead of getting in and starting it, she turned around and walked away. A few minutes later the bar owner was relieved to see her getting picked up by a taxi. It was a happy ending, but not the end of the story. The bar owner was so impressed with Paula’s wise decision not to drive that he left a thank you note on her car windshield.
When Paula came to pick up her car, she was surprised to find the note. At first she thought it was a parking ticket, but soon noticed that it was actually a message from the bar owner. And what he had written touched her heart:
“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 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.”
Paula was so moved by the note that she posted a photo of it on her Facebook page. She wrote: “It always pays to do the right thing.” Her post caught the attention of the local media and Paula quickly became a local celebrity and spokesperson for responsible drinking.
We hear so much about the bad effects of alcohol that it’s good to find out that there are people like Paula who can enjoy a few drinks responsibly. Having to leave your car somewhere because you are too drunk to drive may be inconvenient, but the consequences of impaired driving are infinitely worse. Hats off to Paula and this conscientious bar owner! Hopefully everyone who hears their story will follow Paula’s example.