When teenagers get in sticky situations, often the last person they want to call is a parent.
There’s the embarrassment factor of teens admitting they feel uncomfortable, whether teens around them are drinking or a party is getting out of hand. Then there’s the added humiliation of asking mom or dad for a ride home.
“Let’s face it,” said Beth Donlon, whose daughter is a freshman at Myers Park High School. “No teenagers are going to call their parents to pick them up.”
The Donlons are some of the first clients of Got to Go America, a new business started in August in South Charlotte. With a monthly or yearly subscription, teenagers can discreetly text Got to Go America and a driver will pick them up.
The company was founded by Andrew Horsey, who has two teenagers.
The idea for Got to Go America came about when Horsey was talking with friends about a number for teenagers to call if they were in bad situations and needed help. They realized teenagers might not call a parent.
Got to Go America is not a designated-driver service or a carpool. It’s designed as a last resort for teenagers who find themselves in dangerous, unanticipated situations. That could mean anything from a teenager feeling uncomfortable when a tame party gets wild to one facing unwanted sexual pressure.
To call the service, teenagers text a short message to a six-digit number they can save in their phones. A G2G driver will pick up the teenager and drop him or her off at a parent-approved location.
The service costs $9.99 per month for one ride a month or $100 for an annual subscription, which covers three rides. Additional rides are $50. The service is available from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
All drivers are 25 or older, insured and have clean driving and criminal records.
Beth Donlon said she and her husband, Kevin, signed their daughter up for the service even though she’s a little young to be in situations where she might need it.
“It’s just to get the idea in her mind that it’s a possibility these situations will come up, and equip her with a way to deal with it.” Beth Donlon said.
“For me, (G2G) was kind of like an insurance policy,” Kevin Donlon said.
For information, visit http://gtgamerica.com.
A new tennis shop has opened at the StoneCrest Piper Glen shopping center.
The Queen City Tennis Shop was to hold a grand opening Nov. 10. The store will offer a wide range of tennis-related equipment and clothes. Details: 704-910-1625.
Marty Minchin is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email her at email@example.com.
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