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Cop Grants Pity on Driver, Gives Warning Instead of Parking Ticket

Parking tickets and “good news” don’t usually go hand in hand. But this story is going to change that.

A driver in Wausau, Wisconsin left their car in a metered parking spot last Wednesday. Officer Jim Hellrood was about to give them a ticket the next morning when he saw a note on their windshield.

It said, “Please take pity on me. I walked home…. safe choices.” Obviously they’d been drinking and didn’t want to drive. Jim decided not to give them a ticket.

He printed out a “warning ticket” instead, in the notes section, he wrote, “Pity granted.” The police department posted the note and the ticket online. They said Jim appreciated the person’s honesty, and the fact that they didn’t drive drunk.

It only would have been a $5 fine anyway, which is nothing compared to parking tickets in most cities.

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