ALBERTA, Canada — A note on the windshield of a car made a restaurant patron nervous, worried she was going to be punished for leaving her vehicle in the parking lot overnight after have a few too many drinks.
But instead, she was rewarded for not getting behind the wheel.
Paula Grzelak-Schultz of Alberta, Canada, said she left her car in the parking lot of Original Joe’s Restaurant & Bar the night of Oct. 17.
She and her husband were drinking that night and didn’t want to risk getting behind the wheel, so they took an Uber home, according to Fox News.
When Grzelak-Schultz returned the next day to retrieve her car, she found a piece of paper on the windshield.
But it wasn’t a ticket or a rude note like she expected.
Instead, the restaurant’s managing partner thanked her for not drinking and driving and offered her a voucher for a pound of chicken wings.
“Just wanted to thank you for leaving your car parked overnight,” the note reads.
“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 voucher good for 1lb 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 a photo of the note on Facebook last week and the message has since gone viral.
She said she was pleasantly surprised by the message.
“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,” she wrote on Facebook.
“Wow! I’m so impressed. Definitely going back. Not just because of the voucher, but because of how well this guy treats his patrons.”
A day after posting the note online, Grzelak-Schultz said the “story had taken on a life of its own!”
“It’s sad that there are haters out there, trying to taint such a great feel good story with their cynicism,” she wrote. “However, majority of the response has been positive.”
Many commenters commended her for being responsible, with more than a few saying her choice to not drink and drive is especially meaningful to them because they’d lost loved ones to drunken drivers.
The restaurant’s official Facebook page has been hosting several updates about the story.
“Crazy how one act of kindness can go viral,” a post signed “-Amy” read.