Florida ‘Grinch’ Issues Speeding Tickets
When he’s not hating on Christmas, apparently The Grinch plays traffic cop.
That’s what’s been happening in the Florida Keys, whereÂ Monroe County Sheriffâs OfficeÂ Bureau Chief Lou Caputo has been dressing up as the Dr.Â SeussÂ character as he operates a speed trap.
It’s a Christmas-time tradition that Caputo started in 2000 after watching the Jim Carrey film version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
âThe Grinch was always a favorite of mine because heâs a rascal but turns out to be a good guy.â Caputo explained. âMy wife hand-made my hands, pants and hat.â
He also uses the costume to promote slower driving in school zones.
“Most kids really like the Grinch, they hug him, and they want to be around him,” Caputo said. “Itâs a way to talk about slowing down in school zones, but lightens the mood up because itâs the holidays.â
Caputo’s Grinch gives out real tickets, but if a speeder is within 5 mph of the limit they are given the option of accepting an onion rather than being written up. A holiday gesture that proves The Grinch’s heart really did grow three sizes on that fateful day.