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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