A police officer from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Florida put on a Grinch costume and, along with other officers, stopped speeding drivers and gave them onions instead of tickets.
A police officer from Monroe County, Florida, controls traffic at schools dressed as the Grinch from a children’s book and gives those who speed too quickly an onion instead of a ticket, Reuters reports. It is an annual pre-Christmas tradition to draw attention to road safety.
As Reuters reported, Colonel Lou Caputo, dressed in a green creature costume, decided to show Christmas leniency to drivers – but only to those who exceed the speed limit by no more than 5 miles per hour (8 km/h).
“It surprises them. But when he gives them a clear choice between a fine or an onion, they choose the onion,” the policeman told the AP. He added that some drivers offer to eat onions in front of him.
As police in the county covering the Florida Keys said on Facebook, Caputo has played the Grinch every year for over 20 years. This is a character from the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, known to all American children. In the film adaptation of the book, the grumpy villain eats an onion.
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