Friends don't let friends

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Aug 28 21:26:01 UTC 2012

The earliest I see on Google Books of "Friends don't let friends drive drunk" is 1976: "ALCHOL/SAFETY PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGNS: SEMINAR NO.8."  (

This snowclone is fairly widespread now.

One of the more common ones I've seen is: Friends don't let friends go to Starbucks

Today, I saw "Friends don't let friends drink burnt coffee" on the signboard outside a coffee shop, though the "burnt" form made me wonder where the writer is from.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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