Cop Gets Sued After Giving a Woman a Ticket, Then Asking Her Out on a Date

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It was adorable in Bridesmaids when the very charming Officer Nathan Rhodes met Kristin Wiig's character, Annie Walker, while pulling her over for a broken rear light. But things don't always turn out so nicely in real life, as one police officer in Stickney, Illinois, discovered the hard way.


Officer Chris Collins pulled over Evangelina Paredes in October, and gave her a speeding ticket for $132. She must have made quite an impression on him because, using motor vehicle records, he found out where she lived. Two days later, he went and left a note on the windshield of her car, which was parked outside her apartment! Here's what it said:

It's Chris … that ugly bald Stickney cop who gave you that ticket. I know this may seem crazy and you're probably right, but truth is I have not stopped thinking about you since. I don't expect a girl as attractive as you to … even go for a guy like me, but I'm taking a shot anyways.

He then says he'll understand if she doesn't get in touch, and he finishes off with, "But hey, I did cost you $132 - least I can do is buy you dinner." Oooh, boy. Definitely not the best way to go about things! Nevertheless, if it were a movie, she would've swooned from happiness, and they would have lived happily ever after. But in reality, Evangelina didn't find it at all appealing.

In fact, she was so upset that he'd tracked her down that she filed a lawsuit, claiming he violated her privacy and that the note caused her "to suffer great fear and anxiety." According to the suit, Paredes "could not believe that a police officer would use his access to her personal information to find her home and stalk her." She's seeking unspecified damages. Collins has yet to comment on the incident, though you can bet he's wishing he'd never rented that DVD of Bridesmaids...

Woman sues cop for ticketing her — then asking her out [USA Today]



I think suing is kind of an overreaction. I'd hardly call leaving a note for someone stalking. It was just the only way he knew how to get a hold of her. He was just taking a shot because he liked her. Sure it's unprofessional but I'd be flattered at least and certainly wouldn't try to get him fired for it. If he made a second attempt after being rejected, then I'd probably inform his supervisor.