As wintry weather pummeled much of the U.S. this week, one Idaho man offered to lend a hand to his neighbors. But the act of kindness ended up costing him big.
Mitch Fisher says he was plowing his Pocatello, Idaho, street Wednesday when a police officer handed him a $200 ticket, KIFI-TV reported.
"I tried to talk [the officer] out of it and tell him what I was doing. That I was trying to get it out of the street because it hasn't been plowed since the beginning of snow season," Fisher said.
Unfortunately, the resident's attempt at reasoning with the officer was ultimately unsuccessful.
"Of course, he was doing his job. [He] wrote the citation and went on his way," Fisher added.
According to Pocatello law, "It is unlawful for any person to deposit, place or allow to remain in or upon any public right of way any material or substance injurious to persons or property."
It's not clear if Fisher was actually putting any "substance" on the street to treat the snowy pavement. The Idaho resident said he was only moving the snow into a pile next to the curb in front of his own house.
"I didn't want it in front of [my neighbors'] houses because they can't park. I don't care if it's in front of mine," Fisher told KIFI-TV.
Fisher said he will challenge the pricy citation. Meanwhile, he's vowing not to stop pitching in where he can.
"I'll keep doing what I'm doing. I don't care about the city," Fisher said.
The man's neighbor, 78-year-old Carol Wardrip, told the Idaho State Journal that she "doesn't know what [she'd] do without" Fisher.
"He only moved street snow to one side so that we could exit our driveways," Wardrip said.
“He moved no snow from the sidewalk or the driveway into the street,” she added.
A representative for the City of Pocatello did not immediately respond to a request for comment.