After spending an evening with her husband at Original Joe’s Restaurant & Bar, Paula Grzelak-Schultz decided she had had more drinks than it was safe to drive, so she opted for an Uber ride, thinking she could just come back in the morning and pick up her car when she was sober. A wise choice, no doubt.
What she found the next day surprised her.
When she came to retrieve her car the next day, she expected to find it right where she had left it, which it was. Nothing surprising there. However, what she didn’t expect was the note placed on her windshield.
Grzelak-Schultz was more than intrigued, and when she read the typed message, she was caught a little off guard.
The note read…
One of the managers, Jay McLean, had left the note 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 a voucher good 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.”
She posted the note on Facebook and it went viral.
Often, when we see a note left on our windshield we are inclined to think the worst: a speeding ticket or an unwanted message from someone who didn’t like the way we parked. This was anything but that, and Grzelak-Schultz was impressed to the point that she shared the kind message on Facebook.
It got thousands of shares, likes, and comments.
“It’s crazy!” Grzelak-Schultz told CTV News.
What are the chances that Grzelak-Schultz will be a returning customer at Original Joe’s? 100 percent!
“Not just because of the voucher,” she wrote on Facebook, “but because of how well this guy treats his patrons.”
“In this day and age, the world is all about me, me, me,” she told Today.com. “He did this because he wanted to do the right thing, and wanted to acknowledge that I did the right thing.”
The Original Joe’s manager did appreciate the decision Grzelak-Schultz made.
McLean has made similar gestures over the past year. It wasn’t an original idea, he had heard of another bar that was doing the same thing, but it was too good of an idea not to do it for his own customers.
But this was the first response McLean had received from any of the people he’d left notes for.
He said he wasn’t doing it to promote the bar, but to help keep people safe, according to CTV News.
“They came here and they chose to spend some of their few precious free minutes with us,” McLean told Global News. “I just hope they feel appreciated and thanked for not getting behind the wheel.”