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Tyler Hayden wrote about a negligence lawsuit involving a 22-year-old Santa Barbara City College student who became so intoxicated he fell off the bar stool. The bartender called a cab for this drunken student. That cab belonged to the Absolute Cab Co. I am a disabled native Californian and have enjoyed the service provided by Absolute ever since becoming aware of the company. All of the Absolute drivers are courteous, thoughtful, and helpful. The owner, Joshua Klein, is a responsible, caring, and sincere owner whose mantra is to give the most competent professional service.

The mother of the college student is holding the cab driver and the cab company responsible for the death of her son, who got out of the cab to throw up. Then, instead of getting back into the cab, her son began walking in a different direction, so the driver went on to another fare. The severely intoxicated college student managed to walk to Highway 101, and was run over and killed by a motorist driving south on the freeway.

The wrong defendant is accused in this case. The entity responsible for that 22-yr-old college student’s tragic night is the cocktail lounge that over-served him.


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The world is a dangerous place. People should take responsibility for themselves.

spacey (anonymous profile)
June 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How about suing the city of Santa Barbara for allowing so many bars?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 27, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why not just pipe alcohol directly into people's homes like water.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 27, 2013 at 7:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I want Heroin instead. Now that I have Obama Care and the NSA illegally watching everything I do, why not ALSO give me the means to stay calm AND under observation.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
June 28, 2013 at 6:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Both the mothers' lawsuit and the writer of this letter go to the very core of what is wrong with our modern society: complete and total lack of recognition of personal responsibility.

The person responsible for the death of the 22 year old is... drum roll... the 22 year old.

How shocking!

Am I really suggesting that a grown man who freely enters a bar and drinks too much and then gets into and then freely gets out of cab and wanders into speeding freeway traffic is responsible for his own actions, however distorted and dangerous they were and caused his own personal decision to drink excessively?

It's tragic and sad and heartbreaking - but it should not be the responsibility of anyone except himself.

willy88 (anonymous profile)
June 28, 2013 at 12:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

gotta agree here with you, Willy. Personal responsibility is critical. But I half-agree with the letter-writer, isn't Roberts saying IF we go past personal responsibility, then sue the alcohol-serving spot before the cab co.?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 28, 2013 at 1:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The best thing that can happen at this point is this tragedy serves as a wakeup call to someone somewhere, and perhaps prevent another death.
The community and Chaves' family have already the ultimate price. Changing our attitudes and behaviors needn't cost a dime.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 28, 2013 at 1:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does the estate of Charles Darwin have deep pockets?

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
June 30, 2013 at 7:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

DrDan, agree with the logic and appreciate the *if* you place in front of it.

My understanding of the rational for holding the bar responsible or partially responsible is that some folks believe that making a commercial profit off of someone slowly losing their ability to think rationally (and safely) via being served (for a fee) alcohol, means that there needs to be an attachment or a connection that places responsibility.

My point is that adults should know that drinking too much can lead to bad decisions that lead to their demise and if they decide to start drinking it's 100% on them.

willy88 (anonymous profile)
July 2, 2013 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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