Sheriff's deputies in a central Georgia county have been surprising motorists, some of whom expect a ticket. Instead, they've gotten $100 bills. The Macon Telegraph reports that Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick gave officers 54 $100 bills to hand out randomly over three days during the past week. "Today, we'd like to spread a little joy in the community, so we'd like to give you this," a deputy said to a motorist he'd pulled over. The driver, James King, seemed relieved: "Oh, thank you. Thank you so much," he said. "It's good for the sheriff's department. I feel relief that I'm not in no trouble, but I feel good." Another driver planned give the money to his mother: "She's a good woman," he said. "I'm sure she'll pay bills or whatever with it."
But not everyone was so appreciative: "I had one cuss me out," Deputy John Thompson says. "I didn't give her any money, but I had three cry." The newspaper reports that the money came from an anonymous benefactor. Bittick says the donor had seen the concept somewhere else, and thought it would be a great idea in light of tensions nationwide between police and the public. "They don't always have the opportunity to see us doing good, helping people that need help," says Deputy Timothy Campfield. "It makes me feel good that I have the opportunity to see them smile and know that I possibly helped [a] family through an anonymous donor."