Man Faces Public Scorn After Inadvertantly Displaying Offensive License Plate
on 2/6/2006 (6)
A Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles branch faces the possibility of a very strongly worded letter after inadvertently giving a man a very offensive license plate, a license plate he unknowingly displayed on this man's car for the better part of two weeks.
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"I just went to the DMV, paid my $150, grumbled at the yearly price hike, and slapped the thing on my car," said Steven Rodgers, purchaser of the previously mentioned offensive license plate. "I never even thought or cared what the plate said."
During the next two weeks, Steven was the recipient of numerous dirty looks, obscene gestures, and colorful language. Three times his car was egged and once his tires were slashed.
"I always thought Steven was a nice boy," said longtime neighbor Denise Sheldon. "But for someone to have a license plate like that, there has to be something seriously wrong with them. I suspect he might be one of those people who watch cable television and voted for George Bush."
"I was totally perplexed," admitted Steven. "Days earlier I was the most popular guy in the accounting department, then suddenly it seemed everyone hated me."
Eventually things got so bad for Steven that he contacted the local police department about enrolling in the witness protection program. Unfortunately for Steven, he was turned down because he hadn't actually witnessed anything.
"I wasn't sure why this was happening, but I needed to lay low for a while," said Steven. "So I went to the nearby Super 8 to hide out for a few days."
Upon arriving at the Super 8, the classiest hotel $29 can buy, Steven was asked the age old question that no one ever knows, "What is the license plate of your car?"
"So I went out to check and I was horrified to see what the plate said," recalled Steven, who was visibly shaken and appeared to have wet himself.
Clear as day, the license plate on Steven's car read H1TL3R ROX.
"There are some things you shouldn't ever put on license plates, like poop, fart, Kevin Federline, or anything positive about Hitler," said Steven. "Thanks to the DMV, most of my friends and family now think I'm a Nazi. I was even kicked out of the YMCA... not even the guy that was caught selling crack in the girls locker room was kicked out of the Y! The DMV can expect a strongly worded letter, this really burns my britches."
Spokesman for the DMV were quick to apologize for the incident, though they were equally quick to fault Steven for his part in this debacle.
"We are very sorry to Mr. Rodgers and those in his neighborhood that he offended," said DMV spokeswoman Dianne Jenkins. "The process of picking license plate numbers, unless you pay our exorbitant fee for a custom plate, is totally random. We can only encourage that our customers read their plates before putting them on their vehicles and ask for a different plate should it coincidently be something offensive."0" style
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