Police Shock Locals When, Instead Of Traffic Tickets, They Hand Out These

There's no place like home for the holidays they say, but as the holiday season approaches it might not feel that way to everyone. There's nothing like the beginning of the season to start stressing people out.

Everyone's rushing around, worrying about what they're going to do, perhaps worried about how they're going to pay for it. This season, police in Montana decided to give locals a break, and offered them a little holiday treat.

Police in Billings, Montana were not giving out as many tickets for traffic violations recently. They're still stopping the motorists and giving them a warning, but instead of a ticket, a lot of traffic law violators were surprised with a gift: a turkey.

The local police department thought it might do the town good if they gave people causing minor violations a break. "The turkeys were handed to, let's say, someone going over the speed limit a few miles an hour or rolling through a stop sign,” said Lieutenant Neil Lawrence.

Officers would stop people and check for any outstanding warrants first, following all procedures. But if it turned out to be just a small issue for a person who had no other trouble, instead of a ticket they ended up with the star of their Thanksgiving dinner.

Police were shocked by the reaction to the kind gesture. People were thrilled to get a large roast for their holiday dinner instead of being slapped with a fine they can't afford. For some people, it took a load off of their minds.

Larry Riddle was one of the people who got pulled over and he couldn't believe it. Life has not been easy for Riddle; his wife passed away a few years ago and the struggling dad always has a hard time during the holiday season. He lives on a tight budget.

The turkey he was gifted by the local police is going to take a nice weight off his mind for next week. He plans to cook up the bird for his family's celebration.

"The individuals that received the warnings and the turkeys have been very happy," said Lawrence. "Our Facebook page has received a lot of positive comments regarding it. So far it’s been a very positive thing for the community.”

Not only have many grateful people in the community gotten a turkey to take home, but others were inspired to be generous as well. A local business owner, who has asked to remain anonymous, found out about the turkey giveaway and thought it was a great idea. He donated another 20 frozen turkeys to the department so that there will be even more birds to go around.

The turkey doesn’t get enough respect. Ben Franklin wanted to make the awkward gobbler the national bird, but it was bumped in favor of the more majestic looking bald eagle.

Since the 1940’s, the turkey has become a staple at Thanksgiving dinners everywhere. Now, they’re being used as a peace offering between traffic violators and their local law enforcement, spreading good cheer for the season.

Source: Fox News
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