Grandma writes thank you note to trooper after getting speeding ticket

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(KTVI) - Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket and written a thank-you note in return?

That's what an Idaho grandmother did after she and her grandkids got stopped by a state trooper.

Like most people on vacation Tana Baulmer got a little behind schedule while attending a wedding in Idaho Falls.

She wanted to get to Yellow Stone as fast as she could so her grandkids could see  "Old Faithful."

The problem is she was trying to get there a little too fast.

"..And I was booking, and I got pulled over. He was really nice, and I was going way too fast," Baulmer said.

That trooper was Mike Nielson who had clocked Tana going almost 20 miles over the speed limit.

Even going that fast, she was blown away by how respectful trooper nielson was to her and her grandkids.

"He was giving the kids stickers and little sheriffs badges. He was just really nice to them, and I thought that it was kind of nice just because then the four-year-old wasn't scared,"Baulmer said.

Nielson says he always has some stickers on hand and says he treats people he interacts with on the job as he would want his family to be treated.

"...usually just talk to the kids. Kids are always really inquisitive when the guy with the big hat walks up to their car on the side of the highway, so sometimes they are a little nervous," he said.

Before letting Baulmer and her family get back on the road Trooper Nielson gave Tana her "own" sticker: a $150 ticket.

Tana says she didn't mind and was even able to laugh about it later with her grandkids.

"...so the kids and I kind of had a joke grandma got her sticker, and we got ours, but ours were a lot better," Baulmer said.

Here's what the letter said:
“Dear Idaho State Police, Recently I was on vacation with my grandchildren and was pulled over for speeding. Officer Mike Nielson made it a good experience for my grandchildren by talking with them calmly and giving them stickers. He didn’t leave me out and I got my very own STICKER SHOCK :) Thanks for a great attitude.”

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