Town police department to accept cans of food as payment for parking tickets

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Walking to your car and seeing a ticket on the windshield can definitely ruin your day. For one Virginia town, however, the police is determined to help others in addition to make citizens abide by the law.

The Strasburg Police Department announced on Facebook that until the end of 2016, they will accept canned food as payment for parking tickets:

One can donate 10 cans of food in exchange for payment. This means that the department is foregoing a quarter of the money it would receive in parking tickets. They will donate food to those in need for the holiday season instead.

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The Strasburg Police's post has warmed hearts in the town and beyond: the posts has received hundreds of shares and likes.

Some are writing to express praise: "This is a great way to help those that need," one commenter said. Others are encouraging their police departments to do the same.

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