Thought of the Day: July 19, 2018 – Drinking Problem
This past Saturday I came into work excited about the first meeting I had booked for the day. Unfortunately, my client was a no-show. Instead of sitting in my office and wasting time, I decided to walk around my place of employment and greet customers. I was doing my best to add value to what they needed to accomplish on their visit.
As I helped my customer, one of the other customers started to say loudly, “I’m drunk. I have been drinking all night.” He kept repeating that.
I thought to myself its 8:30am in the morning. Maybe the guys was just joking around. I looked over and the gentleman was well dressed but was having trouble standing. I finished up with my customer and went over to make small talk to the customer the appeared to be drinking.
Saying hello and introduction myself, I asked him if he had been drinking and how he got to our location.
He said he had been drinking and in fact he was drunk. He said, “Don’t worry friend is driving my Mercedes SUV.”
I stepped away and looked out the window to see if could stop the SUV. The windows were down but not one was inside or outside the vehicle.
Quickly my supporting manager walked outside to get the gentleman’s license plate number and immediately called the police.
I continued to talk to the customer and asked him not to drive. I told him it was a bad idea and that he could cause an accident.
He proceeded to tell me it was not my concern and I should mind my business.
My response was, “Sir, I do care for your well-being. I do not want to see you leaving and getting into an accident and hurting someone or yourself.”
I asked his where he lived. He said he lived 5 minutes away and that he was going to drive home.
I told him we had called the police and I recommend he not drive. But the customer decided to get into his SUV. I stood outside his car and proceeded to ask him not to drive. He backed out of the parking stall. This is when I noticed he had front end and side damage to his SUV.
Again I told the customer, “Sir don’t drive. It looks like you have hit something and you have damage to your vehicle.” He told me with 2 kind words to F-off and mind my business. He then proceeded to speed away out of our parking lot.
The police came in to my place of business and took a statement from my supporting manager since she made the call. It turns out the policy caught the guy 2 blocks from his him.
From this experience, I learned you can not have a conversation with someone who does not believe he or she is drunk. No matter, how much you all them what the consequences are they don’t listen. They do not always care that they can lose their license, pay thousands of dollars in fines, lose their car and even their jobs.
They do not feel they will kill anyone or even themselves. Drunk people do not feel they can be caught or that they are even drunk. Someone who feels they can drive drunk and are not going to hurt anyone or themselves is not making a good decision.
Before the man was stopped and arrested by the police, I asked him to walk home. I even told him that I would walk him home since he was only about a 10 minute walk. But this was to no avail.
In the past I have made bad decisions and thank God nothing happen. Today, I understand my mistakes and do not make them anymore. I understand my decision and what could have happen.
How about you? Do you drink and drive? If so, why do you continue to do so when so much can be lost?
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