Roscommon County Sheriff’s Deputies: Turkeys, Not Tickets

"It’s a great blessing for everything that’s going on in the world to do something like this."

Turkeys … Instead of tickets.

It’s what one sheriff’s department is doing this holiday season.

This is the second year Roscommon County deputies and police from around the area stopped people for minor infractions.

But they had no intention of handing them a ticket.

Instead they gave them turkeys for Christmas Dinner.

9&10’s Cody Boyer and photojournalist Derrick Larr caught it all on camera as he rode along with deputies handing out turkeys instead of tickets.

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They are words drivers did not want to hear in Houghton Lake today.

“License and registration…where were you headed?”

"The first thought is okay, what did I do wrong?” said Angela, who was one of the many pulled over Tuesday.

Instead of getting punished for something minor, they got something else.

"It’s something that everybody can use at this time of year,” says Dep. Shaun Hand. “Everybody’s going to have a Christmas dinner, so it’s kind of nice to go out and give them something for that special day."

“I can’t believe it,” Angela said. “I didn’t even know what I was planning on having, actually."

No ticket.

No trouble.

Instead, a Christmas turkey and a $20 WalMart gift card…

“I think that’s wonderful. I really do,” Angela said. “Because you are thinking the worst and then it turns around. God’s definitely great."

“My kids got stranded with my grandson,” said another woman pulled over Tuesday. “My car doesn’t have insurance or registration so I thought for sure I was going to jail. This makes a world of difference. L mean, on a scale of 1 to 100, it’s 1,000."

It’s a thoughtful gesture that makes a difference.

Putting food on an empty table.

“To see the look on their face when they are getting something like that that they can really use makes you feel good,” Dep. Hand said.