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Grinch’s Gift May Have Keys Drivers In Tears

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Major Lou Caputo of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, costumed as the Grinch, wields a radar gun while monitoring traffic speeds in a school zone on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Marathon, Fla. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Major Lou Caputo of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, costumed as the Grinch, wields a radar gun while monitoring traffic speeds in a school zone on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Marathon, Fla. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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MARATHON (CBSMiami/AP) — Santa knows who’s been naughty and nice and if you land on the bad list, usually it’s a lump of coal in your stocking. But in the Florida Keys, it’s not coal, but an onion given to some drivers.

Monroe County Sheriff Department Major Lou Caputo puts on a Grinch costume and often uses his radar gun with other deputies.

Major Caputo said he portrays the fictional character created by children’s author Dr. Seuss to give motorists a break, but also to highlight the need to obey speed limits in school zones.

Motorists who travel about 5 mph or less above the school zone speed limit are entitled to choose between traffic citations and onions presented by the Grinch. Those speeding beyond that get a ticket.

Caputo, 63, also wears the costume to pre-school and elementary functions.

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