Some establishments aren’t very happy when you park overnight in their parking lots. From bars to pubs and restaurants, Canadians have been towed away for doing the right thing: leaving their car parked where it is because they didn’t want to drive while impaired.
But one bar owner doesn’t want to tow people away, he wants to thank them for not driving impaired. Instead of walking into an empty parking lot where their car used to be, patrons of the John Max bar are receiving notes on their cars.
The note says, ‘I’m not sure if you had consumed alcohol at John Max or not, but we wanted to thank you for not drinking and driving.’ Included with the note is a $20 gift card and a voucher for free volleyball court at a later date.
Although the bar owner did it to simply say thank you for not drinking and driving, his notes have shown up on Facebook and other social media sites where people have responded with gratitude. The owner wasn’t that happy with all of the media attention, but when people began sharing impaired driving stories, he decided to keep going.
John O’Kane is saving a lot of people from potentially crashing and killing someone or receiving an impaired driving charge, and that impaired driving charge can be a real headache for drivers in Ontario. With fines, a drivers license suspension, and a mandatory ignition interlock, that one night out can mean a long road of restitution for any offender.
Ontario needs more bar owners like John O’Kane, and his act of kindness toward people leaving their cars overnight makes you realize that individuals can really make headway in the fight against drunk driving. Even one person can stop a drunk driver before they kill themselves or others.