A Wisconsin Cop Had The Most Reasonable Response To A Note Asking For His Pity

"Pity granted, just a warning."

Getting a parking ticket is never fun, but one parking cop in Wisconsin is earning praise after giving a responsible and considerate driver a free pass for a great reason.

According to HuffPost, officer Jim Hellrood was in downtown on June 8 when he spotted a car parked next to an expired meter. As he got closer to the vehicle, he saw a handwritten note tucked under the car's windshield wipers.

The note, which was shared on the Wausau Police Department's Facebook page on June 12, reads: "Please take pity on me. I walked home… safe choices."

Though the owner of the vehicle didn't provide any additional details, CBS News reports officer Hellrood surmised he or she opted to walk home after having a bit too much to drink, because it was safer than getting behind the wheel of a car.

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With that in mind, Hellrood heeded the responsible citizen's request and issued a warning as opposed to a formal ticket. He even wrote "pity granted, just a warning" on the cautionary notice. 

Not surprisingly, Hellrood's actions (as well as those of the unidentified driver) are being lauded by many online. The Wausau Police Department's post has been liked over 2,200 times in 24 hours, and has been shared with nearly 400 users. As one commentator succinctly put it, "Great choice on both parts. Wish more people would use common sense."

Lt. Cord Buckner of the Wausau Police Department tells CBS News, "[This driver] realized it may not have been a safe choice and risked a citation rather than risk their own safety. We certainly applaud that decision to not drive."

In addition to ensuring his or her own safety, the driver potentially kept others out of harm's way as well. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports 27 people in America die each day as a result of drunk driving crashes. And, according to a 2011 report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, alcohol-related traffic crashes don't only affect the impaired driver. One third of alcohol-involved traffic fatalities are passengers, occupants in other vehicles or pedestrians.

Thankfully, most states (and even some ride-sharing services) offer designated driver services for people who are unable to drive or walk to their destination.

"We're pleased people follow what we do and take an interest and understand the decision," Buckner concludes to CBS News. "But if you are planning on drinking, avoid driving altogether."

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