Texas Girl Teaches Cop a Lesson—by Writing Him a Ticket
byKaitlin StanfordMar 25, 2014
A word to the wise: Don't mess with Annie James. She may be little and sweet, but the 14-year-old Alabama native is pretty serious about parking rules—and the fact that they apply to everyone, not just some.
The teen, who recently moved with her family to Baytown, Texas, was playing in her apartment complex when she spotted a police cruiser nearby, illegally parked in a no-parking zone.
"He was parked on the side of the building, and it was a fire lane all the way around," Annie explains to KPRC-TV.
So naturally, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Annie whipped out a piece of looseleaf paper, a pencil, and busily scrawled away one adorably fake ticket that let the officer know just what he had done wrong. Number 1? Parking in a fire lane. Number 2? Parking on a curb. And finally, Number 3: NOT obeying the "head-in" parking rule, which is clearly stated around the complex. The fine—$10, due to the manager of the apartment complex.
It didn't take long before the guilty officer returned to discover the ticket and had himself quite the chuckle. "I came to my car, and I saw a piece of paper on my windshield," Officer Tommy King later told reporters. "I took it off and opened it and read it, and I started laughing immediately."
King found the whole thing so adorable, he went over and chatted with Annie, who he discovered originally grew up in Alabama—just like he did.
Touched by the fact that she made the ticket fine out to somebody else rather than herself, King decided to repay her good deed to the community with something even better: a $40 gift card to Toys "R" Us—a store she says she's actually never visited. Sounds like a pretty sweet payoff, if you ask us.