Speeding Granny Sends Ticketing Cop Thank-You Note
Seattle grandma thankful for trooper's professionalism and kindness
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2014 2:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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.)

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Aug 1, 2014 1:04 PM CDT
Wow, lovely grandmother she is! Endangering herself, her grandchildren, and others on the road by driving 95 miles per hour! I cannot stand idiots like her. Going 95 to hurry up and get somewhere because their lives are so much more important, idiots.
Aug 1, 2014 8:22 AM CDT
20 MPH over the speed limit is a felony in the state of Washington, for which your license can be revoke and you can be imprisoned. That was an insane thing to be doing, especially with kids in the car and I have no sympathy for that woman at all.
Jul 31, 2014 10:16 PM CDT
My sainted father used a wonderful way with the police that stopped him for speeding. He's send the cop flowers...he figured the guy would take them home to his wife and then have to take her to dinner (my father ran a country club and two other restaurants at the time) because he made sure the cop knew who he was. He called it "enlightened self interest and laughed that the cop usually had to pay out more than he did (Irish perverse humor at work...)