Policeman gives motorist a fine and $100

RICHARD BLACKBURN
Last updated 11:56 18/12/2012
US$100 note.
Reuters
COP THAT: A broke motorist has received a US$100 Christmas present from an unlikely source.

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A motorist in Texas got the shock of his life when a policeman slipped him a US$100 note (NZ$118) after fining him for driving an unregistered car.

The driver, Hayden Carlo, told the policeman he had an outdated registration label because he simply didn't have the money to pay the registration

"I said it was either feed my kids, or get this registration done," Carlo told CBS affiliate, KHOU.

The excuse wasn't enough for the policeman to let him off, but he did slip a US$100 note in the folded ticket.

"I opened it up and there's a 100 dollar bill. I broke down in my car," Mr Carlo told the station.

The money was enough for Mr Carlo to pay the fine and update the registration of both his and his wife's car.

The policeman chose to remain anonymous but a spokesman told CBS the generous gesture would be recognised by his co-workers.

"As he told me, this man needed it more than him, and it was the right thing to do," the spokesman said.

Mr Carlo said the gesture restored his faith in God.

"He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that. I'll never forget that man," he said.

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