Are you someone who walks your grocery cart half a block to put it in the cart return while everyone else leaves them dotted all over the parking lot? Or, when a grocery store cashier starts to bag your items after failing to charge for one of them, do you bring it to her attention? Maybe you quietly pay it forward when you see a mom behind you in line, struggling with her coupon book and three kids.
Yes, doing the right thing is sometimes a thankless job.
But as one woman recently discovered, it doesn’t have to be. Grzelak-Schultz was having dinner with her husband at Original Joe’s Pub and Restaurant. They were partaking of some spirits and decided they were both too tipsy to drive home. So, they left their car in the parking lot overnight and took a cab home. They returned the next day to find what looked like some kind of note on the windshield. At first, Grzelak thought it might be a traffic ticket. But when she picked up the note, she found a coupon for free chicken wings and a 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.”
Wow. Cue the hallelujah chorus! A thank you for a thankless act? Very nice.
The note was left by Jay McLean, managing partner of Original Joe’s Pub in Sherwood Park. Apparently, about a year ago, McLean started leaving these notes on cars left in their parking lot overnight.
“I just hope they feel appreciated and thanked for not getting behind the wheel,” McLean said. They do, Jay. And we do too.
In a world where consumers feel like unappreciated numbers, it’s nice to see at least one business take it to another level and be just as concerned about doing the right thing as they are about making a profit.