Giving stickers and toy sheriff badges to a Seattle woman’s grandkids earned one Idaho state trooper a heartfelt thank-you note … even though he gave the woman a speeding ticket. "Kids are always really inquisitive when the guy with the big hat walks up to their car on the side of the highway, so sometimes they are a little nervous," Trooper Mike Nielson tells KBOI. So, he says, he likes to treat kids like he’d treat his own family and put them at ease.
Nielson pulled over their grandmother Tana Baumler for driving 95mph in a 75mph zone—she was on her way to Yellowstone National Park. Later, while she wrote the check for the $150 ticket her lead foot earned her, she wrote a little note to the Idaho State Police, commending the friendly trooper and saying he made the incident "a good experience for my grandchildren." She also joked that he gave her some "sticker shock," too. (This friendly cop gave a kid a ticket … for speeding in a toy car.)