Being stopped by the police is rarely a positive experience. And whether you have done something wrong or not, nervousness usually creeps in: “Did I forget to signal a turn? Am I speeding…?”
One day, when Chy-Niece was on her way to a job interview, something happened that filled her with dread. She saw the blue lights coming by and quickly realized that the police were signaling for her to pull over.
The fact that she was stressed and nervous before her interview didn’t help matters.
But she was not driving too fast and she had used her signals at every turn. What could she have done wrong?
After picking up her papers and driving license, she rolled down the window. What happened next is spreading like wildfire on the internet – and for all the right reasons.
Instead of being aggressive, Officer Jenkins explained that Chy-Niece’s brake light was broken. This news was stressful – the very last thing she needed right now was an expensive fine and having to pay for the repair.
But instead of printing the fine, the officer did something that Chy-Niece could not believe.
Here’s what she wrote about the incident on Facebook:
“So this happened just now. I’m on my way to go to my interview this morning when I get pulled. Both brake lights decided to go out this time. As he walked to the car and I was pulling out my stuff, he quickly said, ‘Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know your brake lights are out.’
So I’m immediately upset because I just got them replaced last month. So I explained to him how Firestone wants to charge me $600 just to run a test on the wiring of the car.
He looked at me (like he knew this was crazy) and told me to pop the trunk.
He checked the lights in the trunk and tapped them, but they didn’t come on. So he told me to pop the hood to check the relay box then asked me to get out to check the other one.
He could have easily given me a ticket, but Officer Jenkins stepped out of officer role and into the mechanic role to make sure I was straight.”
With all the terrible things going on in the world, I love reading a story that has a happy ending.
Going the extra step and showing some humanity instead of just following the rule book can really make a difference to someone.
A huge thumbs up to Officer Jenkins, who instead of ruining Chy-Niece’s day with an expensive fine, took time to help her.
After she published the story on Facebook it received over 420 000 likes and nearly 100 000 shares.
This is without a doubt proof that we all love to read about acts of kindness and humanity between us all.