A Routine Traffic Stop Has An Unexpected Ending

Sometimes people do things because it’s just the right thing to do.

When Hayden Carlo was pulled over for an expired registration ticket in Plano, TX, he expected a ticket and that was it. What he actually got was renewed faith in God and the goodness of humanity. KTVT reports,

He told the officer he had no excuse for the expired sticker. ‘There’s no explanation for why I haven’t done it, except I don’t have the money, It was either feed my kids or get my registration done.

The officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote the expected citation but that’s not where this story ends. To Mr. Carlo’s surprise when he opened the ticket there was a $100 bill tucked inside.

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. I’ll never forget that man. It definitely restored my faith in God.

According to the report, the officer never said anything about his amazing gesture, but Billy McIntire who is Mr. Carlo’s grandfather was so touched by what this officer did for his family he wrote a letter to the department expressing his gratitude. He said,

I get emotional when we talk about this type of thing. You just don’t find that many officers who would do this type of thing.

Although the officer wishes to remain anonymous, his coworkers plan to honor him anyway. The Plano Police Department’s spokesperson David Tilly said,

As he told me, this man needed it more than him, and it was the right thing to do.

In the wake of the tragedies that seem to overwhelm the media in the last few weeks, this story and others like it from across the nation serve remind us that there are still good men everywhere we turn.


Picture: dwightsghost/Flickr

About Kathryn DeHoyos

Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She has 2 beautiful children, and is very happily un-married to her life partner DJ.


  1. Pretty awsome, but the picture above is a NY state trooper car and somehow I seriously doubt that would happen here!(Besides, $100 wouldn’t renew 1 registration in NY much less 2)

  2. Andrew Mitchell says:

    God’s not required here at all. People are good everyday without belief in enternal reward or punishment. It should restore his faith in humanity, not god.

    • I’m not a particularly religious man, but I think that this individual gets to choose what his experience restored his faith in. We all interpret the world from different perspectives, and our perceptions are mostly created by our own minds. There is room in the world for more than one way to experience a phenomenon. Let the man have his faith.

      • Andrew Mitchell says:

        Hi John,

        Please don’t misunderstand me, it’s not my desire to take away anyone’s faith, nor is it in my power to do so. I take your point about “more than one way to experience a phenomenon”. I agree. I was just offering another way. I will continue to do so because the more we understand and appreciate each other the less conflict will be in the world. We need to appreciate the humanity we offer each other and realise that it’s ours to give.

        Best wishes,

    • Andrew Mitchell says:


      Thank you, my friend, for that very un-Christian response. I don’t care. I’ll just turn the other cheek.


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