I don’t like personalised plates or Tofu

I don’t like personalised plates or Tofu

I once bought a car with a personalised plate on it, a VW Mk3 Golf with the plate DUBBEE because it’s a VeeDub I guess. Upon purchase I told the seller that I wasn’t interested in the plate and if he organised a standard replacement he should keep it, he told me he didn’t want it either and I was the owner of a personalised plate. So I endured three weeks of jibes and teasing from mates about the plate until the joke was on them and I flogged it off for $350 on Trade Me. Although my personalised plate was kind of lame, it definately wasn’t obscene.

Over in the States American mother-of-three Kelley Coffman-Lee requested a seemingly safe combination of letters for a personalised plate, she was promptly turned down.

While Kelley wanted the world to know just how much she loves tofu, the Department of Revenue in Colorado saw it as a profession of love for something else entirely. “I-LV-TOFU” was deemed too risque, the DOR thinking it could be misinterpreted as “I-LV-TO-F-U.”

Turns out Coffman-Lee is a vegan, and as she puts it, “I’m very expressive. I’m anti-fur, anti-rodeo, anti-circus when they come to Denver, and I thought, ‘Here’s a chance to be positive and say I love something.'” She even says that a friend at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) liked the idea so much they were willing to pay the $60 plate fee.

Alas, the Colorado Department of Revenue turned her down. While she doesn’t plan to take the matter to court, she does say she’ll continue to speak out about mistreating animals… and the strength of her love for TOFU. Myself, I find the food rather bland but not offensively so.

Tofu number plate

I once bought a car with a personalised plate on it, a VW Mk3 Golf with the plate DUBBEE because it’s a VeeDub I guess. Upon purchase I told the seller that I wasn’t interested in the plate and if he organised a standard replacement he should keep it, he told me he didn’t want it either and I was the owner of a personalised plate. So I endured three weeks of jibes and teasing from mates about the plate until the joke was on them and I flogged it off for $350 on Trade Me. Although my personalised plate was kind of lame, it definately wasn’t obscene.

Over in the States American mother-of-three Kelley Coffman-Lee requested a seemingly safe combination of letters for a personalised plate, she was promptly turned down.

While Kelley wanted the world to know just how much she loves tofu, the Department of Revenue in Colorado saw it as a profession of love for something else entirely. “I-LV-TOFU” was deemed too risque, the DOR thinking it could be misinterpreted as “I-LV-TO-F-U.”

Turns out Coffman-Lee is a vegan, and as she puts it, “I’m very expressive. I’m anti-fur, anti-rodeo, anti-circus when they come to Denver, and I thought, ‘Here’s a chance to be positive and say I love something.'” She even says that a friend at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) liked the idea so much they were willing to pay the $60 plate fee.

Alas, the Colorado Department of Revenue turned her down. While she doesn’t plan to take the matter to court, she does say she’ll continue to speak out about mistreating animals… and the strength of her love for TOFU. Myself, I find the food rather bland but not offensively so.

Tofu number plate

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