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Teen Writes Texas Officer a Parking Ticket

A teenager decided to turn the tables on a Baytown, Texas police officer when she recently wrote him a ticket.

Annie James, who lives at the Bay Oaks Apartment complex, was upset after she spotted a Officer Tommy King's cruiser parked on a curb that was painted red and was designated as a "no parking" zone, according to KPRC.

"He was parked on the side of the building," she told the news station. "It said it was a fire lane all the way around."

King, who routinely patrols the apartment complex, said he got a good laugh from the handwritten citation.

"I came to get my car and I saw a piece of paper on my windshield," he said. "I took it off, read it and started laughing."

The note read that he was in violation for parking in a fire lane, parking on a curb and for backing into the spot and requested that he pay a $10 fine to the manager.

The officer decided that he would pay up, by buying James a $20 gift card to Toys "R" Us -- which matched his contribution with another $20.

"He gave me a $40 gift card to Toys 'R' Us," James, who had just moved to the area, said. "I was excited, really excited."

As it turns out, her and King are both from Alabama. "We talked and now I have a new friend," he said.

While James admitted she was only joking when she wrote the note, the officer appreciated her humor and said that the lesson learned is not to be afraid of law enforcement.

"From the officer's side of things, we learn not to take ourselves so seriously," he said. "There's a lot of responsibility and power that comes with a badge but every once in a while we can step back and say, 'You know what, a lot of these people we're protecting, not everyone is a bad guy.'