A 102-year-old Missouri woman was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car last Friday, but it wasn't for committing a crime.
Edie Simms fulfilled her wish to ride in the vehicle, thanks to Five Star Senior Center, a multi-purpose day facility that provides services for senior citizens in south St. Louis.
"She was so excited that she can ride in a police car and she said, 'Do you think you could put those handcuffs on me?'" Michael Howard, executive director of the center, told ABC News today. "A St. Louis County car pulled up next to the police and Edie holds up her hands with the handcuffs on. She's just a riot."
For the past two years, Edie has produced well over 400 handmade items for the seniors at Five Star including lamp robes, scarves, pot holders, eye glass cases and walker bags. But until now, Edie has never delivered them in person.
On Sept. 30, Sgt. John McLaughlin of the St. Louis Police Department and Howard set it up so Edie would be escorted in a cop car to the center with her homemade gifts -- something she's wanted to cross off her bucket list.
"I've dealt with this program for almost 37 years now and the character of some of our seniors is just amazing," Howard said. "Here we have a senior helping other seniors and it doesn’t get any better than that for me."
Edie had never set foot in a police car until that day.
When asked if she enjoyed her ride, Edie told KTVI in Missouri, "Oh yes, handcuffs and all."
She added: “Keep going, don’t ever stop whatever it is you’re doing and spend some time doing community service because sometimes the person you reach out and touch, is the only person that they will talk to in a day."
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