I was going to leave this as a comment to the previous post, but it was long, and I figured, hey, it's my blog, I'll write where I want to...
I'm generally from the "mind your own business" school of thought. I think that a lot of life's little problems would probably be avoided if people just minded their own business a little more (especially a lot of the problems I see in my job). So, that's what I ended up doing the other night. (Although, I did blog about it.)
That said, I definitely understand that there's a difference between having a drink or two before driving and driving while impaired. And, in my opinion, this driver was more in the reeked-of-alcohol-and-had-been-drinking-for-a-while category than the otherwise-clean-but-just-had-a-shot-or-even-two category. But that's just based on my "training and experience" which is probably no more reliable than the police officers' that I try to discredit as part of my job.
Further, I felt that it was worse that this man was not only drinking and driving, but drinking and driving while on a job that requires driving. I felt, for what it's worth, that somehow there's a difference between having a few glasses of wine with dinner and then driving straight home compared to having a few drinks, knowing that you're going to spend the rest of the evening driving around as part of a service job. Not that there's a difference legally, but I guess there is to me.
Someone mentioned that drunk driving is one of their "issues." It's not mine, but I can respect that. I see a lot of different crimes in my job, and I hear a lot of different rationalizations. "I stole because I was hungry," "I stole because the opportunity was there," "I stole to support my habit." These I can generally, at least to some degree, understand. Even "I hit her because I just lost my temper," I can understand that maybe you didn't grow up in a way that you were taught to control your temper, or you were never really taught that it's not okay to hit someone (especially if you were being hit, or watching mom being hit).
But I really can't understand any rationalization to knowingly driving drunk. I happen to work in a city with a million ways to get home if you can't drive - call a friend, call a cab, take the bus, take the train, or just walk. I guess maybe one difference is that when I was in school (not that long ago), drunk driving was a big issue. We talked about it in health class and in driver's ed. There were occasionally guest speakers (probably doing community service, I guess) and S.A.D.D. would set up wrecked cars in front of the high school. We were taught that drunk driving was not just bad, but very bad. And, if I had to guess, I'd say that most of the commenters who said, "He could've hit a kid" grew up in this same era. The reality is that not every impaired, or even drunk, driver ends up hitting someone or something. Fortunately, a lot make it home safe. I'm not saying drunk drivers are never dangerous, I just wonder how much of this drunk-driver-is-going-to-kill-someone mantra is reality, and how much of it is what we were just taught in school.
A lot of the drunk driving clients that I see are older, in their 40s or 50s, probably from a time when drunk driving wasn't such an issue. Most have never been in trouble for anything else. The rest are kids, who were just being stupid. Those usually fall into the "I didn't think I was that drunk" category (of course, they "only had 2 beers"). Or "I just didn't think."
Finally, though, I feel like even if I wanted to say something about it now, it's kind of too late. (Remember, this is the police department that said a $6K theft wasn't worth following up on, I don't think "the pizza guy was drunk a few nights ago" is going to rank too highly.) But I think that, in the future, if something like this happened, I might call the police. And, I also think that if I felt like my local police department was more responsive, I might be more inclined to report more incidents, but, like I said, in the past I lost quite a few hours with them regarding my case, only to be told that it wasn't worth following up on. There's been other similar incidents (worse, actually), but I'll leave it at that for now.
So, I guess that's more or less the end of that now. Unless I end up ordering from there again. Which I might have to do, considering how good the alfredo was... (Although, I'm still interested in hearing everyone's opinions).