Cop was about to issue parking ticket. But a note on windshield made him change his mind

There’s the saying, “Let your conscience be your guide.” In this account, this saying was applied by both parties. It all started when a parking officer spotted a car parked in an expired bay. As he was just about to issue the offender a parking ticket, he noticed a little note under the windshield wipers, which made him change his mind.

Officer Jim Hellrood, a parking officer from Wausau, Wisconsin, was on duty checking parking meters when he saw one meter that had expired. It was at this moment that he noticed a note on the infringing car.

Officer Hellrood unfolded the note and was rather surprised at the message the driver left.

"Pity Granted, Just A Warning"Parking Control Officer Jim Hellrood can appreciate people making safe choices, and a…

Wausau Police Department 发布于 2017年6月12日周一

It said: “Please take pity on me. I walked home… safe choices.” There was a little smiley face drawn at the end of the message. Officer Hellrood was surprised that the driver took the chance to write a note and leave their car in an area where it’d obviously get ticketed.

Instead of issuing a fine, Officer Hellrood left the driver a warning, for he appreciated the driver’s honest gesture and was thankful this driver took the chance of being fined rather than to drink and drive.

A photo of the warning ticket, which stated, “Pity Granted, Just A Warning,” was posted by the Wausau Police Department on their Facebook page, along with the message: “Parking Control Officer Jim Hellrood can appreciate people making safe choices, and a good sense of humor. That’s why he recently issued a warning to a vehicle left in a metered lot overnight.”

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This officer executed fair judgment, wouldn’t you say?

Take care drivers—don’t drink and drive. Sometimes, it’s more graceful to go on foot.