A no-nonsense Texas teenager issued a police officer a “violation” notice for illegally parking at the apartment complex where she lives.
Annie James, 14, spotted a police cruiser parked near the leasing office at the Bay Oaks Apartments in Baytown, Tex., in violation of the law;
Not quite making a citizen’s arrest, however, she got out a piece of paper and wrote up a $10 ticket for several violations of the complex’s posted rules including parking in a fire lane, parking on the curb, and not pulling head in. “He was parked on the side of the building. It said it was a fire lane all the way around,” she observed.
Annie left the ticket on the windshield of the patrol car along with instructions to pay the fine directly to the manager of the apartment complex.
Said Officer Thomas King, who patrols the area as part of his beat, “I came to my car and I saw a piece of paper on my windshield. I took it off and opened it and read it and I started laughing immediately. I thought it was neat that she made that for $10 but not to herself.”
King paid his debt to society on Wednesday afternoon by giving Annie a $40 gift certificate to Toys R Us, a store that she’s never before visited. “[King] posted the note to Facebook and got in touch with a friend of his who is a manager at Toys R Us. They decided to increase the $10 fine to a $40 gift card to the store.”
Coincidentally, Annie James and the officer are both originally from Alabama. The teen and her family moved to Baytown last month. “Knowing that I got a police officer on my side playing around makes me feel safer,” she commented after meeting the officer in person.