Grinch Passed Out Onions to Marathon Drivers Slightly Speeding in School Zone

The Grinch controlled speeders in the Stanley Switlik Elementary School zone.

By Karen Franklin
|  Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012  |  Updated 12:43 PM EDT
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Monroe County Sheriff's Office Bureau Chief Lou Caputo, right, costumed as the "Grinch," hands out an onion to a Florida Keys motorist who was slightly exceeding the school zone's speed limit Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Stanley Switlik Elementary in Marathon, Fla. During the holiday season, Caputo dons Grinch attire to provide a lighthearted approach to traffic enforcement in school speed zones. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Larry Benevenuti)

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Drivers in Marathon Monday afternoon weren’t hallucinating when they saw the Grinch equipped with a radar gun.

A Monroe County Sheriff’s officer wore the costume to remind motorists to slow down in the school zone of Stanley Switlik Elementary School.

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Bureau Chief Lou Caputo passed out about 10 onions that afternoon to motorists going 5 mph over the speed limit, the Florida Keys News Bureau told NBC 6 South Florida. Officials said the Grinch gave the drivers a break and also served as a “lighthearted visual.”

It was Caputo’s twelfth year passing out the onions. Officials said nine out of 10 motorists take the onion instead of a ticket.

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