PLANO, Texas (CNN/KTVT) – A traffic stop in Plano, Texas ended unlike any you’ve ever heard about before. It started when Hayden Carlo was pulled over for an expired registration sticker.
According to KTVT, Carlo says he’s been struggling to support his wife and two small children.
“You get paid, pay your bills, and there’s your money,” Carlo said. “It’s gone.”
He told the officer he had no excuse for the expired sticker.
“I said, ‘There’s no explanation for why I haven’t done it, except I don’t have the money,’” Carlo said. “I said, ‘It was either feed my kids or get my registration done.’”
The officer wrote a citation and handed it to the 25-year-old. Carlo says when he took it, he could not believe what he saw: a $100 bill tucked into the ticket.
“I broke down in my car,” Carlo said. “What else could I do?”
The officer never told anyone about the $100 gift. But Carlo’s grandfather, Billy McIntire, was so moved by the kind gesture he wrote a letter to the department.
“I get emotional when we talk about this type of thing,” McIntire said. “You just don’t find that many officers who would do this type of thing.”
While other officers around the country have recently been recognized for similar acts, this officer wants to remain anonymous. His coworkers plan to honor him anyway.
“As he told me, this man needed it more than him, and it was the right thing to do,” said David Tilley, a fellow officer and department spokesperson.
Carlo was able to update the registrations on his car and his wife’s car with the money. He’s now driving to a new job and providing for his growing family, after a gift from the last person he would have expected to help during tough times.
“He helped me out when I needed it and I appreciate that,” Carlo said. “I’ll never forget that man. It definitely restored my faith in God.”