A South Carolina man was fined by police for having a little too much Christmas spirit.
For the past five years, Brandon Wooden has decorated his vehicle with Christmas lights, spreading holiday cheer everywhere he goes.
He attaches the lights with basic packing tape and powers them with a converter inside his car. All he has to do is turn on a switch, and instant Christmas magic shines for the community to behold.
This year, however, local authorities took a page out of the Grinch’s handbook and slapped Wooden with a $232 ticket for “improper lighting.”
"People usually follow me for a few miles, videotape me, Snapchat, stop me, tell me to pull over on the side of the road, take a picture," Wooden said.
Ironically, local police officers also took photos with the festive car, but they didn’t let him off the hook.
However, the community rallied behind Wooden, and a GoFundMe campaign launched by his friends raised $300 to pay off his ticket.
"I love doing it for the people, mainly. For them, not for me, for them. And my son, of course. He loves it," Wooden explained.
While Wooden's lights may not be ideal for safety reasons, this was clearly a temporary situation for Christmas, and the cops could have cut him a break.
After all, $232 is quite a lot of money during a time when gift shopping typically breaks the bank for folks.
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