Here's a nice holiday story for you. A man was driving in Plano, Texas when he was stopped by a police officer for an expired registration sticker. Instead of giving the cop a song and dance, the man, Hayden Carlo, was honest: He said he couldn't afford to get a new registration. Carlo, a father of two, said he told the cop: "There's no explanation for why I haven't done it, except I don't have the money. It was either feed my kids or get my registration done." The cop still gave Carlo a ticket. But when Carlo opened up the ticket, he saw something extraordinary.
Inside of the ticket envelope was a $100 bill. With the money, Carlo was able to not only register his own car, but that of his wife, too.
The officer didn't tell anyone about his show of goodwill, but Carlo's grandfather was so moved by the generous gesture that he decided to write the police department, thanking the officer.
"You just don't find that many officers who would do this type of thing," said the grandfather.
Carlo says he was so overwhelmed by the gift that "it definitely restored my faith in God." Which is nice. But hopefully it also restored his faith in humanity. After all, it was a human being who did the act.
The cop wishes to remain anonymous, but apparently told the department spokesperson: "He needed it more than me. It was the right thing to do."
According to the Daily Mail, registration in Texas costs $50 for one year. The $100 bill was enough to pay for him and his wife. But what of the ticket? No word on how much that cost him. But, hey, he could have had to pay a ticket and have no money for the registration!
Quite a nice gesture coming from a complete stranger. Especially around the holidays, when the officer himself probably was in need of cash for gifts. This is a nice little reminder that there are good people out there. Just like the officer in New York who bought a homeless man shoes. There are all types in this world, and the good outnumber the bad. But unfortunately the bad get more attention.
Thanks to Carlos and his grandfather for bringing our attention to one of the good ones!
What do you think of what the officer did? Have you ever done anything nice for a stranger? Or had one do something for you?
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