A man spreading Christmas cheer by decorating his car with bright Christmas lights received a ticket for his deeds.
Brandon Wooden from Bluffton, South Carolina has been decorating his vehicle in lights for the past five years, reported WJCL.
“I just like to see people’s reactions, spread a little love, joy – I call it ‘spread the glow’,” said Wooden told WJCL.
“People usually follow me for a few miles, videotape me, Snapchat, stop me and tell me to pull over on the side of the road to take a picture,” he added. “I do it…it’s awesome!”
The railway engineer attaches the lights using packing tape and the cords are hooked up to a converter inside the car.
“It took me 4 hours [this year]. Actually, this year me and my sister busted it out real quick.”
This year, Wooden received a $232 ticket for “improper lighting of a vehicle” as police said it is both a safety hazard and against the law, reported WJCL.
But, the 23-year-old said this was not the first time the authorities had noticed his car.
“The first time they only pulled me over because they wanted to take pictures of the car. The second time it was a warning, and the third time was for improper lighting of a vehicle,” Wooden told the news station.
When the community found out about his ticket, they offered to pay his fine. A GoFundMe page was set up on Dec. 18 and has already met its $300 goal.
The ticket did not dampen Wooden’s Christmas spirit and his car is still shining brighter than ever.
“I love doing it for the people. For them…not for me…for them. And my son, of course, he loves it,” Wooden told the news station.