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Wilma, stop this crazy thing!
April 1, 2014 11:14 AM

My friend has always had problems with impulse control. He come from a well-off family but has been in a series of car accidents and we have grown increasingly worried about him. We tried to stage an intervention but he left, snuck out, and then later got arrested and was found wearing women’s clothing. Is it over the line to just take away his keys? Can we get in legal trouble for doing so? We’re in the UK.
posted by Acceleratio Semper Absurda to Human Relations around (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I suggest asking Badger to give him a good talking-to.
posted by jokeefe at 10:33 PM on March 31, 2014 [3 favorites]

Seriously, take his keys. This guy will take you through hell and back if you give him an inch.
posted by town of cats at 11:51 PM on March 31, 2014

You should talk to a mod about annonymizing this question. Don't do a half assed intervention that leaves him able to escape. Get a professional and have it done properly. Me-mail me if you need the name of someone good in Four Corners,
New Mexico.
posted by SLC Mom at 2:10 AM on April 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

Introduce him to something less dangerous. Like boats. I may sound like a broken record here, but believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

And if that fails, the Coast Guard.
posted by ormondsacker at 1:22 PM on April 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

A years access to the local fun fairs miniature cars course?
posted by Rabarberofficer at 2:09 PM on April 1, 2014

Carpentry. Get him/her working with exotic woods to make something like--I don't know, maybe a really nice box--rub it down with tung oil (get it from the drum with the bee on it)...
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