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Bar Receives Praise For Special Note To Customers Who Don't Drink And Drive

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In the United States, 29 people die everyday in crashes that involve an impaired driver.

Despite police roadside checks, hefty fines, and severe legal consequences, drinking and driving continues to be a huge problem in our country.

While one restaurant alone can't put a stop to this dangerous behavior, they have come up with a way to reward those who have made the decision to not get behind the wheel after having a drink.

The Union Bar and Grill in Nebraska has been receiving plenty of praise after patrons who returned to collect their cars after a night of drinking found special notes attached to their windshields.

The note, which was written and signed by the owners, Scott and Carla Swanson, reads as follows:

"Dear Union Bar and Grill Park Guest,

Just wanted to thank you for leaving your car parked overnight. I'm not sure if you consumed alcohol at our restaurant or not, but we want to thank you for not drinking and driving.

Bring this letter to the bar and we will give you a Hamburger and French Fries. Please accept this thank you for being responsible. Life is valuable, have a great day."

Turns out the restaurant has been doing this for years, but it has only recently been getting attention after a woman shared one of the notes on Facebook.

Janelle Martin posted the note after her husband received it, and it has since been shared over 53,000 times.

"More bars should take note from Scott and Carla Swanson," Martin wrote. "Austin (my husband) met a friend at the bar last night so he left his truck there and I picked him up. He found this note on his truck this morning when I took him to go get it."

The Swansons have received messages from people all over, including many from those who have lost a loved one, thanking them for their efforts.

“It’s a $7 burger, and if it keeps someone out of jail or keeps someone from killing someone, it’s damn well worth it," Scott said.

Scott doesn't leave the notes on the cars every weekend, but he usually does it whenever he notices more than eight cars parked outside the restaurant on weekend mornings.

In case you were wondering, nobody says no to free food, especially when they're hungover, so "100 percent" of the customers take the bar up on their generous offer.

Kudos to Union Bar for this idea! We hope more restaurants will follow suit.

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.