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Man this is just BULL$H!T !

I'm going to donate some Paypal cash to this guy man this stinks.

How A Good Samaritan Was Arrested For Driving Drunks Home

Jonathon Schoenakase of Quincy, Illinois was arrested last Saturday outside a local bar. His crime? Operating "Courtesy Rides" — a service offering free rides to bar-goers to prevent drunk driving. The reason? Taxi companies lobbied to make it illegal.
Schoenakase began operating Courtesy Rides on January 31, 2008 following a decision to do something about drunk driving after one of his friends was killed by a drunk driver. The service offers free rides to anyone who's been out drinking and needs a ride home, donations are accepted, but it's free to all. It was such a success Jonathan added a second car to the effort in 2009, then a bus, and that's when Diamond Cab service took notice.
They complained to the city that Schoenakase was operating a de facto taxi service without a proper license, but in reality they were mad he was cutting into their profits by offering for free what the Diamond was charging for. Amusingly, he was probably hitting a different demographic, cheapskates who don't want to pay for taxis but want to get home so they drink and drive, but that's beside the point. The cab company complained loud enough that the Quincy City Council changed its taxi and limousine ordinance to remove the words "for hire" from its definitions and thus eliminate the loophole Schoenakase was operating under. Following the change, Jonathan applied for a license and the Chief of Police was supposedly about to approve it, but withdrew and said Schoenakase needed to clear up some legal issues.
Since then Schoenakase has continued operating Courtesy Rides and has been arrested twice now during sting operations, once in February and then again just last Saturday.
We understand the police are just following the law, but this entire situation stinks like a three-days-worn t-shirt off a drunk's back. A guy goes out of his way to reduce drunk driving in his town, an effort he's doing to honor his dead friend, and the city shuts him down at the behest of a taxi company. Real nice work there. If nothing else how about just give the guy his $10 license and be done with all this pointless nonsense. [Sources: Quincy News, Connect TriStates, WHIG]
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If this is true, then ya it sucks a fat one, but in the end its always about the almighty dollar. never mind that the dude is trying to do some good...
 

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that does suck, on LSU campus, we have a bus we call the drunk bus that I think LSU kind of keeps up that runs late night to get ppl from the bar home that live around the area and keep people from drinking and driving especially right by campus
 

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Man this is just BULL$H!T !

I'm going to donate some Paypal cash to this guy man this stinks.

How A Good Samaritan Was Arrested For Driving Drunks Home

Jonathon Schoenakase of Quincy, Illinois was arrested last Saturday outside a local bar. His crime? Operating "Courtesy Rides" — a service offering free rides to bar-goers to prevent drunk driving. The reason? Taxi companies lobbied to make it illegal.
Schoenakase began operating Courtesy Rides on January 31, 2008 following a decision to do something about drunk driving after one of his friends was killed by a drunk driver. The service offers free rides to anyone who's been out drinking and needs a ride home, donations are accepted, but it's free to all. It was such a success Jonathan added a second car to the effort in 2009, then a bus, and that's when Diamond Cab service took notice.
They complained to the city that Schoenakase was operating a de facto taxi service without a proper license, but in reality they were mad he was cutting into their profits by offering for free what the Diamond was charging for. Amusingly, he was probably hitting a different demographic, cheapskates who don't want to pay for taxis but want to get home so they drink and drive, but that's beside the point. The cab company complained loud enough that the Quincy City Council changed its taxi and limousine ordinance to remove the words "for hire" from its definitions and thus eliminate the loophole Schoenakase was operating under. Following the change, Jonathan applied for a license and the Chief of Police was supposedly about to approve it, but withdrew and said Schoenakase needed to clear up some legal issues.
Since then Schoenakase has continued operating Courtesy Rides and has been arrested twice now during sting operations, once in February and then again just last Saturday.
We understand the police are just following the law, but this entire situation stinks like a three-days-worn t-shirt off a drunk's back. A guy goes out of his way to reduce drunk driving in his town, an effort he's doing to honor his dead friend, and the city shuts him down at the behest of a taxi company. Real nice work there. If nothing else how about just give the guy his $10 license and be done with all this pointless nonsense. [Sources: Quincy News, Connect TriStates, WHIG]
Send an email to Ben, the author of this post, at [email protected].



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Makes you wonder what legal issues Schoenakase has to clear up for the Chief of Police to approve the license. It would be ironic if it is for DUI.

Besides that, I think it's a great service.
 

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WOW that is ********!
 

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That is a great thing for someone to do. Wish we had something like that around me. They need to find a way to get the taxi company back.:gun1: But that is what people get for doing something nice, they get fucked.:spank:
 

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http://www.2bnb.org/

Richmond VA has the same thing going on. The service is about to turn 1 year old and they have supposedly had several incidents with the local Taxi service. I have personally used this service and it is great. Sometimes its fun just to ride around with them and party on the bus.

Coming from an area where the local taxi service is severely flawed (overpriced, undermanned, and sketchy) this is great to see someone trying to help protect the local population, especially the college population, from their own stupidity.

Somebody really needs to help look out for the little guys trying to make their home better at a time when the government is concerned with fixing every other countries problems.
 

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This is a perfect example of why nobody does anything nice. You do something nice, you get fucked in the ass, either by a civilian or the government. This man should be praised for what he's doing for his community. Fuckin' taxi companies/drivers need to STFU and the law must recognize this man's efforts at offering a free alternative to drunk driving. Would they rather people drink and drive than get a free ride home? That is pure ********.
 

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Pitiful BS.

How is this different than somone being the designated driver out with his buds? How about just offering someone you meet a ride home? What about just riding together to lunch? Where do you draw the line? Are the cab companies going to coerce the local bearaucrats into making it illegal to EVER give someone a ride?

This is all about money - money for the cab company AND money that the cab company has to fork over to the city.

If I was this guy I would come up with a way where people could become "friends" so when the cops stop him he can truthfully claim that he's just giving some friends a ride home.
 

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How is this different than somone being the designated driver out with his buds? How about just offering someone you meet a ride home? What about just riding together to lunch? Where do you draw the line? Are the cab companies going to coerce the local bearaucrats into making it illegal to EVER give someone a ride?

This is all about money - money for the cab company AND money that the cab company has to fork over to the city.

If I was this guy I would come up with a way where people could become "friends" so when the cops stop him he can truthfully claim that he's just giving some friends a ride home.
This man makes a VERY good point. This is something that should be taken into consideration now that the law has been changed. Where DO they draw the line?
 

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Dont just sit by. SO what he probably wont read it. Do it to prove a point. Support something.
I think he'll read it. Up here we had the local police force team up with the RCMP and they were unjustly singling out street racers that weren't breaking the law at the time and we complained to our Mayor and he called every one of us and personally assured that the police force would not harass the law abiding enthusiasts anymore. Since then the cops have definitely cut down on harassing us.
 

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wow...this shows you that in the end it always come down to money...
 

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Sometimes I just can't believe what goes on in this country! This is such ********! One guy trying to do some good and some asshats have to ruin it for everyone. This is nothing but a good thing and taxi cab owner has to bitch because he loses a few dollars. Maybe if a drunk driver killed one of his friends or family he would change his mind. Someone needs to hit that owner of the cab company in the head with a bat!
 
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