When 14-year-old Annie James, of Baytown, Texas, saw a police car illegally parked in her neighborhood, she decided to teach the officer a lesson. So she hand-wrote a $10 parking ticket and placed it on Officer Tommy King’s windshield, whose patrol car was parked in a fire zone at the Bay Oaks apartment complex.
“I came to my car and I saw a piece of paper on my windshield,” King told KPRC-TV. “I took it off and opened it and read it and I started laughing immediately.”
The “citation” informed King of his violation and stated he needed to pay $10 to the apartment complex’s manager.
The officer said he found it “neat” that she asked that he pay the manager, rather than herself.
The cop then actually paid the $10 fine and took it even further by giving James a $40 gift card to Toys R Us.
As it turns out, King and the 14-year-old are both originally from Alabama.
“It’s interesting,” he told the news station. “I made a friend. A lesson would be not to be shy or afraid of law enforcement. We’re here to help.”