A Manitoba woman is surprised to have a rose — not a ticket — after she was pulled over by police on Sunday for a burnt-out light on her car.
Laurie Burbine, who lives in Lorette, was driving home from her son's hockey game when she was pulled over in Ste. Anne for a headlight that wasn't working.
Burbine said her husband had promised to fix the light, but didn't get around to it by the time they were stopped by police.
An officer approached her vehicle, asking for her licence and registration.
"I figured the ticket would be at least $100 or more," Burbine said on Monday, noting she hasn't had a ticket in 25 years.
But rather than coming back with a piece of paper that outlined a fine, the officer came back with a rose and a valentine, which he had addressed to the Burbines.
'Happy Valentine's Day from the Ste. Anne police. P.S. Fix the head light,' it reads.
"I was shocked," Burbine said.
"I thought, 'Who does that?' What an awesome thing to do. It made my day. It was just such a nice gesture … I couldn't believe that a police officer was randomly handing out valentine roses and cards."
Const. Kyle Isenor with the Ste. Anne Police Department pulled Burbine over to give her the card and rose.
He got the idea from a popular YouTube video from the U.S. that showed police officers pulling people over at Christmas time to give them gifts.
The rose turned out to be the only flower Burbine got on Valentine's Day.
"My husband is away so that was nice," she said, calling what happened "extra special."
"I told him we were at my son's hockey game when he handed me the flower and the card he said, 'By the way, I chose a hockey card because you said you were at a hockey game."
Burbine said the gesture reminded her that she should not be afraid of police.
"I've never seen him or heard anything like this before, so good on him," she said, referring to the officer. "I think a lot of time people get the wrong idea of police."