It’s a sight to make even the most zen person tense up: A police car pulling up behind you, indicating for you to pull over to the side of the street. Add the fact that it’s snowing… now your blood pressure is probably elevated beyond “normal” range. By the time the police officer has made his or her way to your window, the realization has hit: Your bad day just got a lot worse.
Well, the members of the police force in Lowell, Michigan, know full well the effect they have on people. Rather than revel in their ability to cause misery, they decided to do something to change their image. So, they went about trying to improve some motorist’s Christmases. Rather than filling their end-of-year ticket quotas, they tried to fill these driver’s back seats or trunks with gifts they otherwise might not have been able to afford.
It’s a brilliant setup. The officer pulls these people over for a real traffic violation – minor ones. It’s not like they pop open a trunk and go, “Whoa! What do you have here?! By the way, what do you want for Christmas?” These drivers do get actual tickets but the officer talks to them about their holiday needs while having his radio open for his “elves” to listen in while camped out at a nearby store. Once they hear what’s needed, they grab the needed items and fly out faster than Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
The video then shows the happy results as the officer then brings whatever items were requested – ranging from an Xbox to a TV to a Razor Scooter. The shock and gratitude from the recipients is what really makes it. There are a lot of hugs given out to the police. For just a little bit, life’s problems went away for these people. They also looked at these officers like fellow human beings instead of antagonists.
I’ve got tell you – watching this left a lump in my throat. Watch the video and tell us how it made you feel. We want to hear from you!
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