Cop Skips Ticket, Instead Gives Mom a Booster Seat

She was pulled over, explained she'd fallen on hard times
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2014 4:59 PM CDT
Officer Skips Ticket, Gives Mom a Booster Seat Instead
Emmett Township, Mich., Department of Public Safety Officer Ben Hall, right, with Alexis DeLorenzo, her daughter and the child's seat he purchased for them.   (AP Photo/Walmart)

Ben Hall could have given Alexis DeLorenzo a ticket. The Michigan public safety officer pulled her over last Friday because her 5-year-old daughter wasn't riding in a booster seat. Instead, Hall had DeLorenzo meet him at a Walmart nearby—where he bought the booster seat and gave it to her. "She admitted that she was wrong and that she had recently fallen on hard times," Hall tells WXMI. "A ticket doesn't solve the situation. What solves it is the child being in the booster seat like she should be. It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent."

DeLorenzo says neither she nor her daughter—who she says is "head over heels" for Hall—will forget what happened. "He did his job and above and beyond that, just to protect a little girl and to help a family that can’t help themselves right now," she says; CNN reports that DeLorenzo had a booster seat, but it was in another car that had been repossessed. Hall adds he doesn't expect to be repaid: "It is a 'pay it forward' situation completely." DeLorenzo says she plans to do just that when she gets back on her feet. (More uplifting news stories.)

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