Deputy dresses as Grinch for holidays

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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:50 am | Updated: 10:53 am, Tue Dec 18, 2012.

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) - A chief in the Florida Keys is giving drivers something to cry happily about during the holiday season.

Monroe County Chief Lou Caputo doles out onions instead of traffic citations to motorists who violate the speed limit outside an elementary school in Marathon, Fla., by no more than 5 mph.

Dressed as the Christmas "Grinch," Caputo doled out about 10 of the tear-provoking vegetables to motorists on Monday afternoon. He has donned the Grinch costume nearly every holiday season since seeing actor Jim Carrey in the 2000 movie of the same name.

The radar-gun-wielding "Grinch" is on hand to provide a light-hearted reminder to drivers to slow down.

Drivers have the option of an onion or a ticket. Nine times out of 10 they accept the vegetable.

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