Driving under the influence of alcohol is risky not only for the driver but for those accompanying him or her. In the United States, alcohol-impaired driving takes the life of almost 29 people a day according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Therefore, the owners of Union Bar and Grill in Gering, Nebraska, Scott and Carla Swanson, came up with a unique way to reward customers who made the wise decision to not get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
On any given weekend night, their restaurant usually has about eight to ten cars left in the parking lot.
When the customers are back the next day to pick up their cars, they’re in for a sweet surprise. They find a note on the windshield that thanks them for being responsible and rewards them with a free hamburger and fries when they produce it at the bar.
According to Omaha, Scott said that his wife came up with the idea when they noticed an item online of a bar doing something similar. The husband and wife have been doing the same for a couple of years now, but it didn’t go viral until one woman posted the note on Facebook.
A customer named Austin Martin caught up with an old pal at the restaurant and enjoyed dinner and drinks one evening. He then decided not to drive back home and instead called his wife, Janelle, to pick him up.
When Janelle drove her husband back to the restaurant the next day, the couple found a note on the windshield of Austin’s truck.
The note read: “Dear Union Bar and Grill Park Guest, Just wanted to thank you for leaving your car parked overnight. I’m not sure if you consumed alcohol at our restaurant or not, but we want to thank you for not drinking and driving. Bring this letter to the bar and we will give you a hamburger and French fries. Please accept this as a thank you for being responsible. Life is valuable, have a great day.”
More bars should take note from Scott and Carla Swanson. Austin (my husband) met a friend at the bar last night so he…
According to SWNS, Carla said: “We’ve been doing it for a number of years. We don’t do it for every car, but we try to do it randomly. It’s important to us and to the community.”
Alluding to the deed, she further added: “We have kids on the road and discouraging drunk driving keeps everyone safe. We’re glad to be an example to other business owners, it would be great if more people decided to do it.”
According to Scott, if a burger worth $7 can help a person stay out of jail while also keeping them away from killing someone, then “it’s damn well worth it.”
Janelle, who was clearly impressed with the initiative taken by the owners, said, “It’s such a great gesture, and I think it would totally make people think twice about drunk driving.”
She then shared a post on Facebook and it has been getting a lot of attention, garnering over 24,000 likes and 52,000 shares. The idea of encouraging their patrons not to drive while drunk has also received a lot of positive comments.
One user wrote: “Hope our young folks see this and they Get It. Way way more deaths due to drinking / texting while driving. Congrats to these brilliant restaurant/ bar owners for serving well.”
“That says a lot about the owners they don’t just want your money they value you as a citizen,” another one commented.
Scott and Carla have definitely done their bit for the community. If other bars around the country could follow their example, accidents and deaths due to driving would drop significantly.