An Edmonton-area Original Joe’s restaurant is being lauded online for its unofficial practice of leaving thank you notes on vehicles that have been left overnight in its parking lot. 

“Just wanted to thank you for leaving your car parked overnight,” reads the letter from general manager Jay McLean, which was recently posted online by a customer who found it on a snow-covered vehicle.

“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.”

The letter then offers the vehicle’s owner a free pound of chicken wings before concluding, “Life is valuable, have a great weekend.”

The practice is not standard across the Original Joe’s chain, but McLean told the National Post he got the idea from a friend in Ontario. 

“I just thought. running a restaurant in a rural area with limited transit where everybody drives … it was a natural fit,” he said. 

McLean, who has been leaving the letters for a year, estimates he’s done it about 12 to 15 times. The practice came to public attention after one of the notes shared was widely on Facebook and Reddit. 

Our job is to protect people in the building

The restaurant is located in a big-box retail section of Sherwood Park, between an Urban Barn and a Rona. With few residential areas nearby, most customers arrive via Alberta Highway 630. 

Original Joe’s isn’t only a bar, but given its location McLean says his servers are “really really diligent” about keeping an eye on customers.

“If they’ve got a table here at night and (the servers) see they’ve had too many, they’ll ask them how they’re getting home, and there’s been times they’ve put people into a cab,” he said. 

“Our job is to protect people in the building.” 

Canada has the worst rate of impaired driving fatalities among wealthy countries. (The Netherlands has the best.)

In 2011, there were 121 incidents of impaired driving causing death in Canada, and another 839 incidents of impaired driving causing bodily harm. 

That year, Alberta ranked third-worst in the country for the number of police-reported impaired driving incidents, behind only Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island.  

Nevertheless, in 2015 Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave Alberta Canada’s highest rating for anti-impaired driving legislation.

Starting in September, 2012, the province toughened impaired driving laws by imposing three-day licence suspensions on drivers caught with a blood alcohol level of between .05 and .08.  

Source: Vancouver Sun


Last updated on: 2016-11-02 | Link to this post