Kansas Man Fined for Decorating Truck with Christmas Lights

Posted on: 7:05 am, December 12, 2012, by , updated on: 11:54am, December 12, 2012

WICHITA, Kan. — If Rudolph’s nose fails Santa this year, perhaps David Hill’s pickup truck can assist Ol’ St. Nick on his trek around the globe.

Hill spent 16 hours decorating his truck with nearly 900 Christmas lights. Hill used magnets to make the lights stick and an 8,000 watt generator in bed of his truck. This display was an attempt to spread holiday cheer, but not everyone liked the merry and bright Christmas lights.

Hill said Wichita police pulled him over and fined him $274. According to Hays Post, Wichita police Lt. Joe Shroeder said it’s a safety issue and that the lights could cause drivers to be distracted. Hill said the officer who pulled him over said drivers could confuse his truck with an emergency vehicle. He disagrees.

“If you see this thing coming down the road and believe it’s an emergency vehicle, you might want to check your sanity,” he joked.

Despite the $274 fine, Hill said he’s keeping the lights. He said whatever publicity he gets, he hopes it will bring attention to his charity ‘One Spark Can Start a Fire.’ According to the website, Hill launched One Spark after a chance encounter with a waitress in a diner. Hill admits he wasn’t nice to her at first, but later their conversation turned cordial. He left her a large tip with a thank-you note. The waitress tracked Hill’s address down and sent him a note with a gift. The note explained how their conversation changed her life. She confessed the day they met she had intended to take her own life after work, but his words set her on a new course. The gift she gave Hill was the bullet she intended to kill herself with. Since then, Hill has been on a campaign to influence others for the better with random acts of kindness. Learn more about One Spark by visiting their website or liking them on Facebook.

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