A cop dressed as Donald Duck was busy handing out failure to yield tickets in Fort Lee, New Jersey on Halloween. The tickets have ruffled the feathers of a few ticket recipients who plan to fight the citation.

The officer in the Donald Duck costume was part of an elaborate decoy program to nab drivers who were not yielding to pedestrians. The Fort Lee police invited a local news channel to document the sting operation, and police Chief Keith Bendul defended the decision.

“Two years ago, we had 62 people struck,” Bendul said. “This year, we had 40, I’m glad to say. But zero is my ultimate goal. When you see a pedestrian, child, adult or duck, stop. Let them cross and proceed with your day.”

In order to combat any objections, the Fort Lee police department clarified on their Facebook page that the cop dressed as Donald Duck was not trying to cross the street or perform any illegal activity during the operation.

Dozens of drivers were given citations for failing to yield to the cop dressed as Donald Duck. One driver laid on their horn trying to get Donald to move, and several others simply whizzed by as if he wasn’t there. Those drivers were given tickets, and some of them are irate and intend to fight the $230 citation.

One resident, Karen Heigh, who was given one of the tickets, defended herself to the news station, saying “This duck kept going to the curb, off the curb. I thought it was a crazy guy on Halloween.”

“They told me that I was getting a ticket for not stopping for a duck,” she continued. “But it scared me. I’m a woman. This huge duck scared me… It was a huge duck. If it was a person dressed normally, I think all those people would have stopped.”

[photo credit: Castles, Capes & Clones]