If you've never had a bad boss, count yourself lucky. Most of us have had to deal with some serious creeps over the years. Twyla DeVito just got fired by one. The bartender called the cops on a drunk who was climbing in his car to drive off into the night, and her boss decided to can her for it.
Yeah, you read that right. A bartender was fired for protecting average citizens from a drunk driver. How does that happen, you ask?
Turns out the bar where Twyla worked is one that cares more about the almighty dollar than they do safety. And you don't have to take her word for that. A fired employee might be prone to shoot off at the mouth.
But just get a load of what Mic Hubbard, a commander at the American Legion Post in Shelby, Ohio, where Twyla was serving up drinks, had to say:
If every patron who comes in here has to worry about the cops waiting for them when they leave, the place would be empty.
Was that as painful for you to read as it was for me?
I wonder if Mic Hubbard would like to repeat that to the families of the 211 children killed in 2010 (latest statistics available) in drunk driving accidents? How about to the families of the 27 Americans who die every day in a drunk driving crash?
When Twyla DeVito called the cops, they showed up. They tested the patron and ended up arresting him because they say he blew a .167 on the Breathalyzer. That's twice the legal limit in Ohio. That's not just a little buzzed. That's blotto.
And this boss apparently cares more about that guy, who was allegedly climbing behind the wheel of a motor vehicle than he does those kids, those families.
Angry yet? I'm not angry. I'm furious.
The attitude that justifies Twyla DeVito losing her job is an attitude that gets people killed. It's backward and makes assumptions about people's motives that are sad and, frankly, not based in fact.
I live in the country. Cops in these parts don't have as much to do as they would in a big city. So they're known to sit outside the bars to catch the drunks trying to drive.
Does it keep people from going to those establishments? Of course not. Bars do a brisk business in these parts because, well, it's the country and there isn't much else to do.
And as a mother, as a woman who drives the roads in this community, I thank goodness the cops are there doing their jobs.
In case you're wondering, I'm no teetotaler. I like a glass of wine now and again. But like millions of other Americans, I enjoy it with a side of common sense. I don't drink past the point of being safe to drive, and if I do, you had better believe I'm calling someone to pick me up.
I want to know other people are safe. And I want to know I'm safe!
That's not going to happen if I drive drunk or if the other patrons are driving drunk. So you'd better believe I'd be happy with a bartender calling the cops on some drunken creep who thinks he should put my life at risk. In fact, I'd be more than willing to head back to that establishment.
A bar that puts the almighty dollar ahead of the life of my child, on the other hand? I'd be petitioning to put that place out of business. Or writing a blog post asking for the same ...
Whose side are you on in this case?
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