Most drivers fear being pulled over by the police. We all feel like naughty school children again as we get a scolding. Whether you’ve done something wrong or not, you get nervous.
Chy-Niece Thacker was driving to a job interview when she suddenly spotted a police car flashing her. This was the last thing she needed before a job interview; her stress levels skyrocketed.
She couldn’t figure out what she had done wrong. She hadn’t been speeding and she was sure that she had been using her signals correctly. So what could she have possibly done wrong?
Grabbing her license and registration, she rolled down her window for the officer. But when he leaned down to speak to her, what he said was the last thing she was expecting.
“Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know your brake lights are out,” the officer explained. Paying for a fine and for the repair costs was the last thing Chy-Niece needed. But instead of writing out a fine, the officer did something that she found hard to believe.
So I’m immediately upset [that both my brake lights are out] 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 a mechanic role to make sure I was straight.
With all of the bad things going on in the world and the bad press that the police can sometimes get, it’s great to hear a story about basic human kindness.
Officer Jenkins could have very easily chosen the easy route for himself, but instead, he chose kindness. He took the time to help Chy-Niece and, in so doing, helped her out in a huge way.
Not surprisingly, when Chy-Niece posted her story to Facebook, it got 420,000 likes and was shared almost 100,000 times. I think it’s safe to say that many people out there appreciate Officer Jenkin’s kind act.