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Fla. Keys deputy dressed as Grinch gives drivers choice of ticket or onion

Speeding drivers get holiday surprise

MARATHON, Fla. – A Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy gave out onions instead of traffic citations for drivers going slightly over the speed limit in a school zone on the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys.

Dressed as the Grinch, sheriff's Col. Lou Caputo doled out about a dozen onions to motorists not speeding more than 5 mph Wednesday near Stanley Switlik Elementary School.

Caputo has worn the Grinch costume around Christmas almost every year since seeing actor Jim Carrey in the 2000 movie of the same name.

The deputy usually offers drivers a choice between an onion or a ticket, and nearly every time they accept the vegetable.