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‘Please take pity on me’ note spares drinker from parking ticket

Someone who’d presumably been out drinking and opted to walk home instead of driving got a pass from the parking police, after leaving a note explaining their choice.

It happened over in Wausau, Wisconsin, and the police department posted a photo of the note to Facebook this week. It reads, “Please take pity on me. I walked home … Safe choices.”

It’s been met with tons of support from commenters – both for the officer’s decision to not ticket the vehicle, even though it was left in a metered lot; and for the drinker who didn’t drive.

Here’s the post with the full letter:

“Pity Granted, Just A Warning”

Parking Control Officer Jim Hellrood can appreciate people making safe choices, and a…

Posted by Wausau Police Department on Monday, June 12, 2017

“Pity granted, just a warning,” the $0 ticket reads, with the Facebook caption saying Parking Control Officer Jim Hellrood “can appreciate people making safe choices.”

But still – don’t depend on this, as FOX 21 points out. Have a way to get home planned ahead of time, because a note doesn’t guarantee you no ticket.

Driving drunk – not a good idea

In 2015, the Department of Public Safety says 411 people died in crashes on Minnesota roads. And of those, there were 95 fatalities in cases where the driver was over the legal alcohol limit (that’s above 0.08).

Another 2,203 people had serious injuries from an alcohol-related crash.

Young men were most often the ones getting in trouble for impaired driving.

If you’re caught drinking and driving, you could lose your license for a year, have to pay thousands of dollars in fees, and possibly spend some time in jail.

Repeat offenders – and first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above – must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least a year without a license. And people with three or more DWI offenses have to use interlock for three to six years, or they can’t drive.

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