Montreal police officer hands out money instead of tickets
Mystery police officer looks to spread Christmas cheer with surprise gift
Montrealer Maude Laurier was driving to work this week when she was pulled over by a police officer, but instead of getting a ticket, she was handed a $100 bill.
"He told me that he will give me a gift that morning, and I was surprised," Laurier recalled.
"And he gave me a $100 bill. So I was really surprised a little bit. And after that a little bit happy and emotional about that, just before Christmas."
The officer, who has remained anonymous, has given out cash to at least 50 people, most of them with run-down cars in need of repairs, said Ian Lafrenière, a spokesman for Montreal police.
Lafrenière said when he heard what the officer was doing, he couldn't believe it.
"I thought it was a prank, it was a joke," he said.
"Then we found out about it. It's the officer, a friend of his gave him money, $5,000, and he asked him to give out the money and make a difference this year."
The reaction has been overwhelming, Lafrenière said.
"[The officer] was extremely touched by the reaction of people, people crying of joy, being so surprised at getting money from a police officer," he said.
The officer has finished handing out money for now, Lafrenière said.