When will they ever learn? A man in Quebec has been charged with his 17th DUI. Maurice Larrivee showed up at a grocery store at 8:45 Sunday morning and bought two cases of beer. When the check-out person noticed he was drunk, they tried to convince the 69-year-old man to find another ride home. When he refused, the store employees called the cops and he was arrested in the parking lot.
Two things. One, way to go grocery store employees, and two, how is there not some sort of mandated jail time once you get your fifth, or even tenth DUI?
This guy has gotten drunk then behind the wheel then caught sev-en-teen times. Either he has the worst luck in the world or 17 doesn't even begin to cover the amount of instances he's actually driven while drunk.
I have to say, I'm proud of the grocery store workers and how they handled the situation. A lot of people would've maybe said to the guy that he shouldn't drive home and then stopped short of calling the police because they didn't want to intrude or get too involved. It's great that these employees did the right thing and said something -- so many of us see, so few of us say.
At this point, I hope Larrivee gets some jail time. He had his license suspended for five years back in 2005 for a DUI charge -- clearly that didn't teach him a lesson. Now, it's time to lay down the hammer.
Every time he, or anyone, drives drunk, they're a danger to themselves and society. In the states, a person is killed by a drunk driver every 53 minutes -- it's a deadly habit this guy has and he needs to be taken off the roads, for good.
Hopefully the feds (or whatever they're called in Canada) agree.
Do you think he should face jail time?
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