In one of the most inspirational acts you'll see today, one man took to one of the busiest bars in his town and began offering free rides home.
Chronicling his journey throughout the night, Reddit user becauseisaidiwould wrote out a plea for anyone that had been drinking to accept a free ride home from him that night.
The message he wrote on a dry-erase board outside the bar read:
"Hi, my name is Alex.
If you have been drinking tonight, I'd like to offer you a free ride home. Someone I know killed a man while drinking and driving one year ago tonight. In honor of the man who dies, I'd like to help keep the roads safe. I will even bring you back to your car tomorrow."
The man he knew that took a mans life while drunk driving one year ago is in reference to the video confession of a man that was posted to YouTube and went viral.
The man explains in the YouTube confession that he "consulted some high powered attorneys who told me stories about similar cases where the drivers got off. They were convinced that they could get my blood test thrown out and all I would have to do for that was lie."
Going against the advice of the attorneys, the man took responsibility for his actions and ultimately received a six-year prison sentence.
Acting on what he thought his friend would do if he was a free man, Reddit user becauseisaidiwould posted his journey to the photo sharing site Imgur. Below are the photos of him driving people home, along with his captions.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2014: I went to the busiest bar in my neighborhood, stood outside and offered free rides to anyone who had been drinking.
The first group I picked up was a bachelorette party. I let them play their own music. No joke, they played "Call Me Maybe" twice in a row and not on accident. They were very nice and kept trying to tip me. Of course no tips were accepted.
Bobbi, the girl in the passenger seat is sneaky though and left behind $38. This will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Vince's memory.
The next couple I picked up just became homeowners. Getting a DUI can be financially devastating. Good decision guys!
One guy I picked up claimed that he helped create the "We are the World" remake music video that benefited Haiti in 2010. I will give him the benefit of the doubt. He seemed sincere.
He said that he got the opportunity to meet Justin Bieber. How unfortunate.
The "We are the world" guy also wanted to tip, but instead made the promise to donate $20 to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Legit.
I drove people around for about 4 hours. No one puked in my car so I consider that a win. I finished my journey at Taco Bell; there were like 10 cars in front of me. I thought to myself "most of these people have probably been drinking." Sometimes you wish you could do something, but at the end of the day the only person you control in this world is yourself.
On June 22nd, 2013 at approximately 3am, a man named Matthew Cordle killed Vincent Canzani while drinking and driving. Through a Facebook page that I admin, Matthew messaged me and said that he wanted to bring good into the world for two people because that is what he felt he owed. With no charges pressed against him, he wanted to make a promise. "I will take full responsibility for what I have done."
I am responsible for filming his confession video and releasing it to YouTube. The video received 2 million views in 10 days and was played on every major news program and talk show in the US. As a result of the video, Matt would be arrested and sentenced to prison where he currently resides. I wanted to spend last night doing what Matt would have done if he was a free man.
Please make the promise to never drink and drive. Rest in Peace Vince Canzani.
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[H/T Reddit user becauseisaidiwould]