Paula Grzelak-Schultz of Alberta, Canada left her car parked in the lot outside an Original Joe's restaurant on Monday. When she returned the next day, she found a note from the management on her windshield. She cringed when she saw it, expecting to be chewed out by some fastidious middleman. But instead, she found a very heartwarming message. And it came with free wings!

Posted by Paula Grzelak-Schultz on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The note reads:


Dear Original Joe's Sherwood Park Guest,

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.

Grzelak-Schultz shared the letter on Facebook, telling her friends:

When I found the letter on my windshield, I thought I was getting in trouble for leaving my car in front of the entryway to the pub. Wow! I'm so impressed. Definitely going back. Not just because of the voucher, but because of how well this guy treats his patrons.


Her post quickly went viral. It's been liked more than 8,000 times, and shared more than 16,000. Although Original Joe's insists that the note had nothing to do with generating good publicity, that's exactly what it's done. The restaurant even shared a local TV news story about it on its own Facebook page.

If only more businesses would go above and beyond like this to help prevent drunk driving, even if it hurts their bottom line. It's integrity like that that makes Joe such an Original.