KansasCity.com:

A makeshift mannequin that failed to fool police monitoring a high-occupancy-vehicle lane fetched $15,000 in an eBay auction, and the proceeds will go to charity, the buyer has announced.

Denver-based Video Professor bought the Styrofoam head, coat hanger and clothing stuffed with newspapers from HOV scofflaw Greg Pringle, 53, of Broomfield, Colo., said Brian Olson, a company spokesman.

As part of his sentence handed down earlier this month, Pringle agreed to donate any profits from a Web site — launched to free “Tillieâ€? after she was impounded by police — and the auction to the Alive At 25 driver safety awareness program.

“We’ve rescued Tillie from a life of crime, and we hope to rehabilitate her so she can be a contributing dummy to our society,â€? Olson said.

Pringle was fined $115 and ordered to hold a sign reading “HOV lane not for dummiesâ€? alongside U.S. 36 for four hours. He was pulled over and ticketed Jan. 26 for driving in the lane reserved for carpools, motorcycles, buses and hybrid vehicles.

Originally posted by Ty Tribble on March 27, 2006 in Ideas.

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