Free burial for drunken drivers
So far, a Georgia undertaker has no takers on the special New Year's Eve offer. Meanwhile, Colorado offers a free app for iPhone drunks.
So, just how cheap are you?
A Georgia funeral home has a deal for party monsters with a frugal streak: a free burial if you drink, drive and die on New Year's Eve.
Between now and noon Thursday, drivers can visit McGuire, Jennings and Miller Funeral Home in Rome, Ga., and sign a contract stating they plan to drink or use drugs and drive on New Year's Eve. If they're killed in a wreck that night, the funeral home will bury them for free.
The pledge covers "everything they could possibly need," says owner Barry Miller, including a casket, grave space, limousine, flowers and embalming.
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Miller started Operation Stop and Think a decade ago after a family member was killed by a drunken driver.
"No one has signed yet," he says. "We've had some people call who didn't understand the contract."
Apparently, "free" is a pretty intoxicating word. But so is the phrase "living to see 2010."
In fact, there's an app for it.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is offering a free iPhone application that allows users to calculate their blood-alcohol content. "RU Buzzed?" (iTunes required) allows users to input their gender, weight, how much they've consumed and how long they've been drinking, even the type of drink. The app returns answers such as "No hangover expected," "You're buzzed" and "Don't even think about it." The app also uses GPS to find the nearest taxi office and provides its phone number (a Colorado-only function, unfortunately).
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