A mom penned a thank you note to a Florida police officer after he arrested her daughter for underage drinking during spring break.
The 19-year-old was partying in the Florida panhandle on March 15 when she was spotted holding a beer on the beach.
The letter, which was posted to Sheriff Michael Adkinson Jr.'s Facebook page, expressed gratitude to the police for understanding when the teen asked to call her mom after being arrested.
The anonymous mother began her letter,
In this day, 'cops' are getting a bad rap. So, I wanted to say 'thank you.' Yesterday, my daughter was one of the thousands of spoiled spring breakers 'living it up' on the beach. She got arrested for underage drinking. She was holding a can of beer on the beach. A stupid move that I warned her about before she left, but I'm just her mother, so 'in one ear and out the other.'
The mother's letter went on to say the experience of being arrested scared her daughter quite a bit, and she hopes she learned a valuable lesson from the whole ordeal.
The reason that I am sending this is that every officer that I talked to or that I could hear in the back ground talking to her was so nice! Firm, but nice. I'm sure each one was rolling their eyes when my daughter said 'Can you talk to my mom?,' but each and every officer was respectful and assured me she would get back to her house safely.
The Walton County Sheriff's Office told Inside Edition the girl gave officers a fake ID when she was first approached.
Corey Dobridnia, the public information officer for the department, said of the incident,
We are not trying to ruin kids' lives but protect them from hurting themselves. We treat them fairly like we would treat anyone else. It's nice to hear from a parent and hear their support.
The kindness the officers showed to the 19-year-old was reassuring, the mother said, as the two were separated by hundreds of miles, making it very easy to worry about what could go wrong.
The letter concluded,
I know you all have to deal with this on a daily basis, which must be completely annoying and I'm very sorry my daughter added to your workload yesterday. They say you always have one child that makes you go grey early and she is mine! Thank you for saving me a few more grey hairs last night.