He told the officer he had no excuse for the expired sticker.
“I said ‘there’s no explanation for why I haven’t done it, except I don’t have the money.’ I said ‘it was either feed my kids or get my registration done.”
The officer wrote a citation and handed it to the 25-year-old. Carlo says when he took it, he could not believe what he saw.
“I opened it up and there’s a 100 dollar bill. I broke down in my car what else could I do.”
The officer never told anyone about the $100 gift. But Carlo’s grandfather, Billy McIntire, was so moved by the kind gesture he wrote a letter to the department
Let’s take a challenge from Officer Anonymous in the Lone Star State. Let’s all try to do a random act of kindness for a stranger we encounter this coming week — anonymously. Giving a million to a university to get your name on a building is hardly the same thing as this cop giving $100 to a guy who needed a break.
By the way, Mr Carlo used the money to, among other things, get the registration on his and his wife’s cars current and pay the ticket. So really, there’s two decent guys in the story, at least, eh?
We thought we’d throw this out at you, because we so often post about police screwups, accidents, bad shootings, misconduct, that some people might get the impression we’re spring-loaded in the anti-cop position. Nope. We do hold cops to a very high standard, and are quick to jeer at the ones that fall short. But think about how long your town or city would hold it together without the quiet presence of lawful authority, and think about — and wonder about — how many small kindnesses are being done daily by our nation’s and the world’s police, the humans that stand behind the badges, under the radar and without media visibility.
One final thought: many in the public, and certainly everyone at CBS Fort Worth, was surprised at this story. Know who wasn’t? Officer Anonymous’s peers and bosses at the Plano PD. They know that’s the kind of guy he is. Don’t you want to be known as that kind of guy (or girl?)