PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — Several people got a surprise when they were pulled over by West Virginia State Police troopers: Instead of a ticket, they got a $100 bill.
First Sgt. M.R. Crowder tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that Monday’s giveaway was a Secret Santa project funded by an anonymous donor. The troopers handed out $1,000 in all.
Spanishburg resident Marie Davis says she wondered what she had done wrong when she was pulled over. She says the trooper asked her if she felt lucky, and then handed her $100 and a candy cane.
Davis says the money will help pay for Christmas dinner.
Trooper D.C. Graham says people’s dealings with law enforcement are usually negative, and it’s a privilege to bring joy instead.