Lifestyle & Belief

Texas police officer fines motorist then hands struggling motorist $100


A Texas police officer pictured in March 20, 2010. One of his fellow officers has been commended for kindness after slipping a hard-up motorist $100.


Spencer Platt

A Texas cop who pulled over a cash-strapped driver on a traffic violation handed the man a $100 bill inside his ticket upon hearing he simply could not afford to pay the registration.

The driver, Hayden Carlo, told CBS:

"I said it was either feed my kids, or get this registration done."

While his excuse wasn't enough for the policeman to let him off, and the Plano officer still wrote a ticket:

"I opened it up and there's a $100 bill. I broke down in my car."

According to the Daily Mail, Registration in Texas costs $50.75 for one year. The oney was enough for Mr Carlo to pay the fine and update his registration.

Recently, images of an NYPD officer buying boots for a barefoot man spread on the Web, Yahoo! News reported, as did praise for the officer, Lawrence DePrimo.

The Plano officer chose to remain anonymous but a department spokesman, David Tilley, told CBS the gesture would be recognised by co-workers.

"As he told me, this man needed it more than him, and it was the right thing to do."

Carlo's grandfather, Billy McIntire, then wrote a letter to the Police Department to commend the good-hearted cop, and told CBS, "You just don't find that many officers who would do this type of thing."

Mr Carlo said the gesture restored his faith in God.

"He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that. I'll never forget that man."