Few things are worse than a parking ticket, especially when you have a legitimate reason for having left your car where you did. A Canadian woman braced herself for the worst when she left her car in a parking lot overnight - only to be blindsided by an incredible gesture.
It had been a rough month for Shelly Harrison and her husband. Even though they had been struggling financially, they were determined to celebrate their anniversary. But just as things were looking up, she found a menacing note on the windshield of her car. Was it a ticket? A threatening note? Instead, what she found was something that had her scrambling for her phone.
Shelly lives in Sherwood Park, Canada, with her husband. She had recently fallen on hard times, and things kept getting worse for her. Back in 2015, right after her father had passed away, she found a parking ticket on her car after the funeral. Then when trying to sort it out at the courthouse, she found a cop giving her another parking ticket. And just when she thought things couldn't get any worse, she returned home one day to a horrifying sight.
Shelly's landlord evicted her, and when she came out of court to settle that dispute, she again found a cop writing out another parking ticket. But despite struggling to pay off her father's funeral, all the parking tickets and getting money for a new apartment, Shelly still managed to put on a brave face in front of her hubby. So when her husband came home and said "We need to talk," she thought she could keep it together - until she heard what he had to say.
The day of their anniversary, Shelly's husband had been informed that he was going to be laid off. But instead of letting this get them down, this inspiring couple kept their heads high and decided to stretch each dollar they had to make this date one that would last a lifetime. Little did they know, this was the night that would turn their whole lives upside-down.
Shelly and her husband had decided to celebrate their love with a nice dinner at the Original Joe’s restaurant in Sherwood Park, Alberta. After dinner, they knocked back a few drinks and enjoyed themselves on their date night out - but perhaps a bit too much. When it was time to leave, the pair headed to their car, parked outside. But Shelly hesitated - she had a much better idea.
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Shelly was stuck between a rock and a hard place. Shelly knew it didn’t take much alcohol to make a difference behind the wheel. "You don’t have to be drunk to be impaired," she told Today. "I wasn’t some crazy drunk lady, but I definitely had no business driving.” Yet considering her history with parking tickets, the last thing she wanted was to leave her car. But what choice did she have?