Being in the hospitality industry can be challenging, to say the least. As a restaurant/bar owner or employee you have to walk a fine line between encouraging alcohol sales and keeping patrons safe.
Drinking driving is a major issue in the states and abroad, but a Candian restaurant captured attention when they left an unexpected note on an inebriated patron’s car. The patron called an Uber instead of driving drunk from the restaurant. When she returned to her vehicle the next morning she was nervous she would have a ticket, or worse her car would be towed. Instead she found her car and a note on her windshield that read “…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 voucher good for 1lb of our delicious chicken wings. Please accept this as a thank you for being responsible. Life is valuable, have a great weekend.” – Inspiremore.com
As personal injury attorneys we witness firsthand what happens when safety protocols aren’t in place and when people make the wrong decisions. Drinking and driving has devastating consequences that are 100% avoidable. We encourage restaurant staff and employees to consider creative ways to encourage patrons to make responsible decisions, not only to keep our streets safe but to shine a positive light on your business. The woman mentioned above shared the note left on her windshield on Facebook and received over 20,000 ‘Likes’ and 8,000 ‘shares,’ how is that for exposure!