Giving shit to the police is a hobby we all like to indulge in once in a while. OK, most of the time. It’s just that it’s so easy to bitch about how strict they are, how this, how that, and we tend to forget that these people are actually strict for a bloody good reason.
The police are known for many things but being lenient is not one of these things. There are times, however, when officers find it in their heart to give us a pass. Times where the word 'warning" sounds like music to our ears.
The lucky Wisconsin man got away with a warning when he left his car at a meter for the entire night. The man had a good excuse for leaving his car there — he had drunk too much. Rather than drinking and driving, he opted on leaving the car behind and walking home.
The note would not be written in vain. The next day, officer Jim Hellrood from the Wausau Police Department found the car in violation of an expired meter. The officer would, however, also notice the plea on the note.
Despite the violation, Hellrood found it in his heart to give this guy a break. Maybe he was having a great morning. Or maybe he realized this guy could have done much worse if he chose to drive home in his drunken state.
On Facebook, Hellrood wrote: “Pity Granted. Just A Warning.” Not only did this officer show the human side of police officers but he also shared the guy’s wise choice to walk, rather than drive home, when he was drunk.
More than that, Hellrood has made police officers seem more reasonable. It’s not like every officer out there is going to start dishing out warnings instead of tickets from now on. But this guy makes us think that we too can get away with a warning once in a while.
Still, don’t go using this guy’s excuse when you feel like leaving your car parked at the meter. These guys are on to us. So much so, they’re already issuing a warning for those who are planning on using this same excuse.
Lt. Cord Buckner chose to issue a follow-up post after Hellrood posted his. He wrote, “We're pleased people follow what we do and take an interest and understand the decision. But if you are planning on drinking, avoid driving altogether.”
In other words, don’t try to pull another pleading-note-good-excuse play because these guys are on to us. This Wisconsin man could have been lying or maybe he really was drunk. Whatever the truth is, his example is still a valid one — don’t drink when you are clearly drunk!