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Yesterday, an article appeared in the Chicago Tribune about Leonel Cesar, a driver for Any Time Limo, and his recent encounter with some High School students who rented his limo for their Homecoming night. The article explains the course of events.
Limousine driver Leonel Cesar says he was just doing his job when he called police to report that a group of Highland Park teenagers tried to smuggle booze into his “party bus” on homecoming night.
One of the North Shore teens offered Cesar money to look the other way, told him that a paper bag containing liquor “was none of his business” and begged him not to call parents, police said.
At first glance, it seems like a fairly straight-forward story. The Limo driver does the right thing, and calls the parents first, and then the police after being unable to get in touch with the parents. The kids beg and plead him not to do it, even offering bribes. All together, a non-story really. However, things do get a bit interesting.
The recent evening ended with 13 underage drinking citations and a slew of angry parents—some directing their wrath at Any Time Limo in Addison. One threatened to sue, saying the driver should not have involved police, said Alex Mich, the company’s general manager.
Growing up, my father was a teacher at a nearby private High School. Not only was he just a teacher, but he also happened to be one of the few who actually enforced the various rules such as eating in the hallways, dress code, checking students for hall passes, etc. etc. A real stick-in-the-mud if you asked most students. However, he was consistent and fair. He was also easy to avoid. Just make sure you’re not eating when he walks by and you’d be fine. He didn’t purposefully walk the hallways just to bust students breaking rules. It was part of his job.
The reaction of some of these parents is absolutely disgusting. Let’s not even consider the fact taht both students AND parents were forewarned that drinking, smoking, and sex are not allowed in the limo.
Mr. Cesar has a job. I’m not a lawyer, nor do I know every single law in Illinois, but I feel fairly confident in saying that he would have been held responsible if something would have happened to these kids while they were intoxicated. The same parents who are threatening to sue, are also the same parents who would run to their lawyers to blame Mr. Cesar for not watching over their kids and making sure they didn’t drink. What he did was responsible and smart. If anything, Mr. Cesar was just covering his ass. Had he not said anything and one of these kids died from alchohol poisoning, it’d be the parents and public screaming at Mr. Cesar, blaming him for just standing by when he saw the kids drinking. THEN it would have been his responsibility to stop them. Mr. Cesar’s life and future would be ruined and the kid would still be dead. Hypocrits.
There’s also a few other items in the story that I find repulsive. When the student who grabbed the bag full of liquor told Cesar that the contents were “none of his business”, he added on “don’t worry, you’ll be tipped.” Once Cesar made it clear he was going to call the parents, and possibly the police, what was the reaction of the students? They offered him money to not call their parents, or the police. Does anyone else find it disgusting that these students feel the quickest solution to a problem is to pay somebody off?! It really makes you wonder if these kids are learning this from their parents, or heck, even our elected officials in some cases.
Furthermore, and maybe everyone else had a different experience, but as a kid, if I was accused of doing something wrong, most of the time my parents assumed that the allegations were true!!! They defaulted to believing in my accuser. Now, most of the time, that also happened to be the correct decision, but in the case of these kids and their parents, the parents seem to think their kids are helpless victims in all this. Because of this incident, a lot of these kids were temporarily suspended from athletic and other activities, boo-frickin-hoo. Obviously, the parents are pretty mad that their kid had to be suspended, and even have some sort of record with the police. However, is any of their anger directed at the kids who smuggled the alchohol on the limo to begin with? Nope! Are any of the parents happy that their kid got busted and is now having to deal with the consequences of their actions? Nope! They’re blaming Mr. Cesar for doing the responsible thing. But I guess we can’t expect these parents to know anything about responsibility. What a great example they are setting for their children. If you do something wrong, simply blame someone else for why you got caught!
Here’s some more.
Though most agree Cesar did the right thing, experts say the incident raises questions about the fallout from such vigilance. For example, will teens avoid oversight by adults and drive themselves the next time, even when drunk? Others concede teen drinking is inevitable and credit the Highland Park students for at least hiring someone else to drive.
First off, who the hell are these “experts”? What are they experts in? Whatever.
The next step in this process after blaming the limo driver for doing the right falls through, is to start excusing the kids behavior outright. “Well, at least they got someone else to drive, so they could drink and not have to worry about how to get home.” Bullshit. The kids didn’t hire a limo to act as a designated driver. The kids hired the limo as a “cool thing” to do for Homecoming. Look around, kids rent limos for homecoming and prom all the time, and I’m willing to bet that they aren’t all getting trashed and just hiring designated drivers.
It’s the same thinking with making contreception readily available to students. These same “experts” say, “well the kids are going to have sex anyway, so let’s just make it safe for them”. Instead of emphasizing the personal RESPONSIBILITIES and RISKS that go along with drinking or having sex, we’re instead excusing them for having to excercise judgement or make good decisions. Don’t drink underage, but as long as you don’t drive, it’s not really so bad. Don’t have sex at a young age, but as long as you’re trying to do it safely, it’s really no big deal.
If you aren’t willing to face the possible outcomes of an activity (drinking, sex, etc), refrain from doing that activity. I didn’t really want to get into abortion on this topic, but I can’t help it. Instead of having kids seriously consider the chance of getting pregnant or having a kid, we instead give them ways out through contreception and abortion. We get them off the hook for underage drinking by blaming other people for allowing them to buy the liquor, or didn’t say anything when they saw them drink it.
Personally I find it disgusting and pathetic. The kids got what they deserve, and now the parents are mad that the kids got caught, although they are probably more mad that this now reflects on them as parents. Bravo to Leonel Cesar and Any Time Limo. Please, if you need a limo for any reason, even if it’s just to cart you around on your weekly hobo-hunt, use these guys.