Cop Takes Pity on Driver After Seeing a Written Note, Issues a Warning Instead

May 10, 2019 Updated: May 15, 2019

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.