'Tis the Season: Cops in Many Departments Handing Out Gift Cards Instead of Tickets

Photo: WHIO.com

Photo: WHIO.com

Police departments across the nation are handing out a little Christmas joy instead of tickets this year as officers attempt to spread cheer this holiday season.

Officers in Riverside, OH and throughout Minnesota, among other areas, as surprising motorists with gift cards instead of tickets this week.

Much of the funding for the gift cards has been donated by philanthropic citizens.

Ron Tinsley, press information officer for the Duluth police department, said, “This is just our way to show another side of our police department through the generosity of others in the community and paying that forward.”

The surprise has left motorists gratified as for many the holiday season brings stress over financial concerns.

After being presented a gift card instead of a costly ticket, one motorist in Ohio responded, “Oh thank you! I’ve been so worried about gifts.”


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