Officer Tells Mother To Pop Trunk Because Her Brake Light Is Out, Then She Starts Taking Pictures Of Him

Nicole Thacker via Facebook

Car trouble is never fun, but at some point or another, we probably all experience it. It could be something that completely derails your day, like your battery dying when you’re far from home, or it could be something that just needs to get fixed for safety issues, like your headlights or brake lights.

What’s super frustrating is when you have car trouble, get the problem fixed by a mechanic, and then you experience the exact same problem almost immediately. Hopefully, you have never had that happen but Nicole Thacker has.

Thacker shared on Facebook that she was on her way to an interview when a police officer pulled her over. Of course, she was probably a little nervous wondering why he was pulling her over and what the consequences were going to be.

Thacker started to get her license and registration ready to show the officer, but when he walked up to the driver’s side window, he told her, “Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out.”

Now, Thacker was upset for a completely different reason. She was no longer worried about being pulled over on the way to an interview. Instead, she was upset that her brake lights were out when she had just had them fixed. She told the officer that she had her brake lights replaced one month ago. She wrote, “So I’m immediately upset, because I just got them replaced like last month. So I explained to him how Firestone wants to charge me $600 just to run a test on the wiring of the car.”

Instead of walking away from the situation, the officer decided to see if there was anything he could do to help Thacker out. As she explained it, “Officer Jenkins stepped out of officer role and into mechanic role to make sure I was straight.”

First, the officer told Thacker to pop the trunk. She explained, “He checked the lights in the trunk and tapped them, but they didn’t come on. So he told me to pop the hood to check the relay box then asked me to get out to check the other one.”

Thacker knows Officer Jenkins could have given her a ticket because her brake lights were out, but she was grateful that instead he tried to help her solve her car problems.

Thacker’s post has been shared almost 200,000 times, and in the comments, people are recommending alternatives to Firestone.

Have you ever had persistent car problems? Does it surprise you that an officer would take on a “mechanic role” instead of simply writing a ticket?