Attorney Dean Sanders of Wichita Falls, Texas, told client Jo Ann Hawkins that he wanted a red Mercedes for Christmas, and she made his wish come true. She even rode it into his fourth-floor law office.

Hawkins burst through the office door Monday atop a mule she'd named Mercedes and decorated with a red ribbon. "Those (other) Mercedes cost $70,000," the Bowie, Texas, woman said. "That's a $30 mule."