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So my roommate is an idiot. If his lifestyle at college reflects his life at home, I can only assume both him and his family live like depraved beasts. I could go on for pages and pages about how stupid and incapable this idiot is, but that is not the focus of this thread.

What I am wondering is whether or not you believe it to be acceptable to drive home while hammered. I am not talking about being buzzed, or drunk, or probably not okay to drive. I am talking about wondering (in the morning) how you made it home while your Camry is parked across two parking spaces with one tire over the curb. Don't laugh too hard, this has actually happened on numerous occasions.

I avoid driving after drinking. I absolutely will not do it. I care way too much about my truck to risk wrecking it in a drunken accident. I wouldn't want to deal with taking the life of some poor sap and his family either. If I drove a small car, I wouldn't be AS concerned. But my truck weighs almost 8000 pounds unloaded and has about 500 pounds worth of steel bumpers on it. If I connect with a small car, I am going to win, and the results will not be pretty.

So, are you stupid enough to drive blacked out on a regular basis? Are you going to have to kill someone before you realize what you are doing is incredibly stupid?

For those of you who have dealt with this, what have you done? Don't say therapy, counseling, and AA. That crap doesn't work on stupid college students with zero responsibilities. I am a farm mechanic and have a very, very low tolerance for stupidity. I don't feel like teaching him any lessons, but I am all for making his life significantly more difficult than it should be (I already do this on a regular basis, but I could step it up a few notches). With that in mind, I may or may not have enough tools in my truck to take his car completely apart down to a stripped block... If you have some creative ideas, I wouldn't mind hearing them.

I realize that this is a rather morbid and serious topic. Please keep any responses and discussions within the guidelines posted here on CR. Hopefully I haven't already violated said guidelines in this initial post. Have at it folks.
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lilliputian_otaku wrote:

So my roommate is an idiot. If his lifestyle at college reflects his life at home, I can only assume both him and his family live like depraved beasts. I could go on for pages and pages about how stupid and incapable this idiot is, but that is not the focus of this thread.

What I am wondering is whether or not you believe it to be acceptable to drive home while hammered. I am not talking about being buzzed, or drunk, or probably not okay to drive. I am talking about wondering (in the morning) how you made it home while your Camry is parked across two parking spaces with one tire over the curb. Don't laugh too hard, this has actually happened on numerous occasions.

I avoid driving after drinking. I absolutely will not do it. I care way too much about my truck to risk wrecking it in a drunken accident. I wouldn't want to deal with taking the life of some poor sap and his family either. If I drove a small car, I wouldn't be AS concerned. But my truck weighs almost 8000 pounds unloaded and has about 500 pounds worth of steel bumpers on it. If I connect with a small car, I am going to win, and the results will not be pretty.

So, are you stupid enough to drive blacked out on a regular basis? Are you going to have to kill someone before you realize what you are doing is incredibly stupid?

For those of you who have dealt with this, what have you done? Don't say therapy, counseling, and AA. That crap doesn't work on stupid college students with zero responsibilities. I am a farm mechanic and have a very, very low tolerance for stupidity. I don't feel like teaching him any lessons, but I am all for making his life significantly more difficult than it should be (I already do this on a regular basis, but I could step it up a few notches). With that in mind, I may or may not have enough tools in my truck to take his car completely apart down to a stripped block... If you have some creative ideas, I wouldn't mind hearing them.

I realize that this is a rather morbid and serious topic. Please keep any responses and discussions within the guidelines posted here on CR. Hopefully I haven't already violated said guidelines in this initial post. Have at it folks.


This is the only thing I can think of since therapy, counseling, and AA, according to you, won't work. I'm sorry.

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Take his keys and hide them somewhere or give them to someone else and claim ignorance to the entire situation when he can't figure out how to get his car started. That's what I'd start with, personally. And then go from there.
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He will be fine.

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Just take his battery out, problem solved.
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lilliputian_otaku wrote:

So my roommate is an idiot. If his lifestyle at college reflects his life at home, I can only assume both him and his family live like depraved beasts. I could go on for pages and pages about how stupid and incapable this idiot is, but that is not the focus of this thread.

What I am wondering is whether or not you believe it to be acceptable to drive home while hammered. I am not talking about being buzzed, or drunk, or probably not okay to drive. I am talking about wondering (in the morning) how you made it home while your Camry is parked across two parking spaces with one tire over the curb. Don't laugh too hard, this has actually happened on numerous occasions.

I avoid driving after drinking. I absolutely will not do it. I care way too much about my truck to risk wrecking it in a drunken accident. I wouldn't want to deal with taking the life of some poor sap and his family either. If I drove a small car, I wouldn't be AS concerned. But my truck weighs almost 8000 pounds unloaded and has about 500 pounds worth of steel bumpers on it. If I connect with a small car, I am going to win, and the results will not be pretty.

So, are you stupid enough to drive blacked out on a regular basis? Are you going to have to kill someone before you realize what you are doing is incredibly stupid?

For those of you who have dealt with this, what have you done? Don't say therapy, counseling, and AA. That crap doesn't work on stupid college students with zero responsibilities. I am a farm mechanic and have a very, very low tolerance for stupidity. I don't feel like teaching him any lessons, but I am all for making his life significantly more difficult than it should be (I already do this on a regular basis, but I could step it up a few notches). With that in mind, I may or may not have enough tools in my truck to take his car completely apart down to a stripped block... If you have some creative ideas, I wouldn't mind hearing them.

I realize that this is a rather morbid and serious topic. Please keep any responses and discussions within the guidelines posted here on CR. Hopefully I haven't already violated said guidelines in this initial post. Have at it folks.


This is the only thing I can think of since therapy, counseling, and AA, according to you, won't work. I'm sorry.

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After living with this idiot for two years, and attempting to help a number of friends in a tough spot with drugs, I will say that these methods of correction that are effective for numerous types of people will not work on people who fail to recognize what they are doing is wrong, especially while drunk and/or high. In most cases, it is extremely difficult to help a person who does not recognize that their actions require a correction.
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Just take his battery out, problem solved.


I will probably end up doing this next weekend. Pulling fuses and relays is another option as well.
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lilliputian_otaku wrote:

So my roommate is an idiot. If his lifestyle at college reflects his life at home, I can only assume both him and his family live like depraved beasts. I could go on for pages and pages about how stupid and incapable this idiot is, but that is not the focus of this thread.

What I am wondering is whether or not you believe it to be acceptable to drive home while hammered. I am not talking about being buzzed, or drunk, or probably not okay to drive. I am talking about wondering (in the morning) how you made it home while your Camry is parked across two parking spaces with one tire over the curb. Don't laugh too hard, this has actually happened on numerous occasions.

I avoid driving after drinking. I absolutely will not do it. I care way too much about my truck to risk wrecking it in a drunken accident. I wouldn't want to deal with taking the life of some poor sap and his family either. If I drove a small car, I wouldn't be AS concerned. But my truck weighs almost 8000 pounds unloaded and has about 500 pounds worth of steel bumpers on it. If I connect with a small car, I am going to win, and the results will not be pretty.

So, are you stupid enough to drive blacked out on a regular basis? Are you going to have to kill someone before you realize what you are doing is incredibly stupid?

For those of you who have dealt with this, what have you done? Don't say therapy, counseling, and AA. That crap doesn't work on stupid college students with zero responsibilities. I am a farm mechanic and have a very, very low tolerance for stupidity. I don't feel like teaching him any lessons, but I am all for making his life significantly more difficult than it should be (I already do this on a regular basis, but I could step it up a few notches). With that in mind, I may or may not have enough tools in my truck to take his car completely apart down to a stripped block... If you have some creative ideas, I wouldn't mind hearing them.

I realize that this is a rather morbid and serious topic. Please keep any responses and discussions within the guidelines posted here on CR. Hopefully I haven't already violated said guidelines in this initial post. Have at it folks.


basically, you hold a grudge against him or you hate him
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You could always make it more fun by wearing his brake pads down for him so he needs to get them fixed often.
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If he is not your friend and you don't care if he is there to pay rent, anonymously alert the cops when you know he will be up to his antics. Rinse and repeat until the problem ceases to be a problem, either due to court mandated therapy working or it getting to the point where they lock him up for a while.
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If he doesn't want your help your hands may be tied..... of course there is harmless vehicle sabotage like mentioned above(removing the battery or less conspicuous some of the fuses or a spark plug....)

You could also make an anonymous call reporting a drunk driver and let the cops make his life more difficult for you.
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He will be fine.



Hah. So far he has been. Although if he was this nimble while drunk, I wouldn't be concerned.


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You could always make it more fun by wearing his brake pads down for him so he needs to get them fixed often.


Causing excessive wear like that is difficult to do. For immediate results, destructive means would have to be utilized. His car would not run after that and would require thousands of dollars in repairs. I am tired of dealing with him, but his parents actually seem like reasonable people. Currently they are shouldering all of his expenses. I am not a nice person, but I see no reason to cause his parents more problems than he already is (or will...).


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If he is not your friend and you don't care if he is there to pay rent, anonymously alert the cops when you know he will be up to his antics. Rinse and repeat until the problem ceases to be a problem, either due to court mandated therapy working or it getting to the point where they lock him up for a while.


I have been trying to make this happen. But he almost never leaves the apartment drunk. He normally comes back completely hammered somewhere between midnight and four am, sometimes on foot, and sometimes in his car. If I have the chance, I certainly will let the authorities deal with him. But until I can catch him in the act, I am out of luck. This is a college town after all, and the cops deal with (sometimes) dozens of DUI's on a nightly basis.

On a side note, university owned apartments are not the best for a number of reasons, but they are also nice when it comes to certain circumstances. Rent is simply per person. Whether the apartment is full or not, I pay $400 a month.
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make an anonymous call to the police about some frequent drunk diving at the time he's usually out.
Some cops will probably patrol the area looking for easy targets.
This way it's his own fault if he gets caught.

Don't touch his car, that's illegal he could be an ass about it and sue you to pay for an upcoming court case.

Mabe call someone to tow the car in the morning.
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I had a friend who died in a DUI car accident in June and a friend who killed a woman. The friend who killed woman and driver who hit my friend are in a complete state of shock and currently under trial and therapy.

He'll definitely come the the realization that drinking and driving has serious consequences if he gets into an accident. No matter how idiotic of a person your roommate is, no one deserves to be put in the same situation as the guy who hit my friend. Especially if the situation can be avoided.

Our scenarios and backgrounds are probably different when it comes to your situation, but in my case I would pissed beyond belief. If I saw your roommate come home drunk, knowing that he drove, I would smack him silly. But violence shouldn't be the first priority of course..

Confronting him about it might help. Though I doubt he'll change his mind after a light chat with his roommate. I strongly believe allowing the authorities catch him DUI is best solution here. It'll be a small shock, and I'm sure the officer might be able to help inform your friend about the consequences.
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if you say he's an idiot than he'll probably never learn till he kills someone or himself and even after that if he still doesn't seem to understand then he's probably a lost cause. now how much does this guy piss you off cause all the solutions I can think of are pretty violent, other than that you could deflate his tires, jam something in the ignition,, remove the drivers seat and steering wheel, siphon the gas out of the car, if all else fails you could always set it on fire.

I've never had a drinking and driving problem before, because a) I don't drink and b) I barely just learned to drive and got my license this year
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