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.
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.”
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.
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