Monday, October 7, 2013
A police officer with a sense of humor ticketed a bright-pink Barbie toy Jeep left abandoned in a Utah neighborhood last week.
The unidentified police officer was patrolling a neighborhood in the Salt Lake City suburb of Cedar Hills on Tuesday when he noticed a car blocking the road. The car, in this case, happened to be a bright-pink, battery-operated Jeep emblazoned with the Barbie logo.
The officer moved the Jeep to a driveway and, then, in order to make sure the neighborhood's residents knew police were patrolling their streets, ticketed it with a bright-orange abandoned vehicle tag.
"It's a warning tag we put on cars that tells owners it has to be moved in 72 hours," Lt. Sam Liddiard of the American Fork Police Department, which has jurisdiction over Cedar Hills, told ABC News.
The tag was discovered the next morning by the father of two sisters, ages 7 and 9, who had been playing with the Jeep. The unidentified girls reportedly left their Jeep in the street after the battery died.
"It had nothing to do with the girls," Lt. Liddiard said of the police warning. "It was his [the officer's] attempt at humor to let the residents in the area know that he'd been patrolling the neighborhood.
"He just thought it'd be a cute idea to put a tag on the car."