When a teenage girl in the US state of Texas saw that a officer had made a parking error outside her apartment building, she fashioned a hand-written parking ticket and slapped it on the officer’s windshield.
14-year-old Annie James, from the coastal city of Baytown, told KPRC news that she asked Officer Tommy King to pay the manager of her complex $10.
“[The officer] was parked on the side of the building. It said it was a fire lane all the way around,” she explained.
The note titled "Violation" read: "you are in violation of Bay Oaks apartment rules. 1) parking in fire lane. 2) parking on curb. you'r fine is $10 to our apartmend manager Mrs. Jamie. Thanks, Annie Jamies [sic]."
Officer King said: "I came to get my car and I saw a piece of paper on my windshield. I took it off, read it and started laughing."
Instead of paying the unofficial $10 dollar fine, Officer King gave the girl a $40 Toys ‘R’ Us gift card.
"I was excited, really excited," she said.
“I would say the lesson is not to be afraid of law enforcement, we're here to help,” Officer King told the US network.
“From the officer's side of things, we learn not to take ourselves so seriously. There's a lot of responsibility and power that comes with a badge but every once in a while we can step back and say, 'You know what, a lot of these people we're protecting, not everyone is a bad guy.'”