This sympathetic police officer wasn’t about to punish a driver for making safe decisions.

Officer Jim Hellrood was making his rounds for parking control on Thursday morning in Wausau, Wisconsin when he found a car that had stayed overnight in a metered lot.

As he was about to issue a ticket to the car, however, he noticed a handwritten note in the windshield.

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The note read: “Please take pity on me. I walked home… safe choices.” The words were followed by a little smiley face.

As it turns out, the plea for sympathy worked. In response to the endearing note, the officer simply printed out a warning saying: “Pity Granted, Just A Warning”.

“Parking Control Officer Jim Hellrood can appreciate people making safe choices, and a good sense of humor,” wrote the Wausau Police Department. “That’s why he recently issued a warning to a vehicle left in a metered lot overnight. Thanks to this resident for sharing!”

The police department has since explained that the law enforcement team is more than happy to show more leeway towards any drivers who choose not to drive home after a night of drinking. Though the unidentified driver did not mention it explicitly, the parking officer inferred from the note that they opted to accept a parking ticket rather than drink and drive.

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