It was — as deputies in Upstate New York kindly put it — a “nice try.”
Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffrey Smith said a driver was pulled over this week in Amsterdam because something was off about his vehicle inspection sticker, the Daily Gazette reports.
“So, we appreciate people who take some initiative,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday, sharing a photo of the unusual homemade creation the man was trying to pass off as a legitimate vehicle inspection sticker.
But naturally, that “initiative” only counts for so much.
“This will not work as your vehicle inspection sticker,” deputies said.
Smith said the driver — 35-year-old Manuel Muniz — was stopped near a McDonald’s restaurant in Amsterdam around 10 a.m. Monday, according to the newspaper.
Muniz was ticketed for driving a motor vehicle without registration, WRGB reports.
The photo that authorities shared shows a piece of red construction paper with “Safety Emission Inspection Certificate” written on it in black marker, and boxes drawn for each month of the year around the edges of the piece of paper.
There appears to be a hole punch over the box labeled “JAN.”
By Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook post on the homemade sticker had been shared more than 7,000 times — just over a day after it went up.