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Latest Steve Jobs Mystery Revealed: How He Drove Without License Plates
Yahoo! Autos ^ | Oct 27, 2011 | Justin Hyde

Posted on 10/27/2011 7:44:06 PM PDT by Daffynition

The multitude of mysteries revealed following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death now includes one that puzzled car enthusiasts for years: How did Jobs get away with driving without a license plate? It was common knowledge that Jobs would park his Mercedes SL55 AMG in a handicapped spot at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, with nothing to identify his vehicle other than the tiny barcode that usually rests behind the rear license plate. According to Walter Isaacson's new biography, Jobs wanted to avoid having a plate for privacy reasons; and yet when having a license-less silver Mercedes became a kind of trademark, Jobs kept motoring without one "because I don't." [snip] You'll have to read at the link to find the answer. ;)

(Excerpt) Read more at autos.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: apple; california; cars; cartax; licenseplates; macintosh; stevejobs
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To: bradylee

Your source of this knowledge?


51 posted on 10/27/2011 9:32:00 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: DeFault User
Yep, when he wasn't bumming a ride from a customer. I heard stories that he would fly in to visit stores and after his inspection, the store manager would get on the loudspeaker and sheepishly ask, "If there are any WalMart customers heading out towards the airport, Mr. Walton would appreciate a ride." I always thought that was a rather nice touch.

That's a neat story. Walton had a folksy image, but probably the biggest key to his success was his use of technology.

52 posted on 10/27/2011 9:32:36 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: JoeFromCA

They do care if it looks like you had plates and removed them. If you get pulled over and they look up on the computer that you have your plates issued but you do not have them on you will be sited.


53 posted on 10/27/2011 9:33:06 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: xjcsa

No. He is a god.


54 posted on 10/27/2011 9:36:26 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Daffynition

Don’t know about Cali, but there are no personal property taxes on cars in my state. You just pay sales tax when you buy the car and yearly registration of $75.

Of course, the state still screws you when you buy a used car, since you have to pay sales tax on the purchase price or blue book value, which ever is higher.


55 posted on 10/27/2011 9:37:11 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Daffynition

Glad you like. Did you see the 6x6 humor clip in my channel?

I plan to do another one and I tried to be Clarksonish in my comments and will endeavor to achieve more in the way of Clarkson-speak.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIbRlsBH0Qk


56 posted on 10/27/2011 9:38:04 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: wally_bert

DELIGHTFUL!!! Thanks for the smiles! Kudos! Well done!

Reminds me of my friend in Port Orchard, WA - on the Kitsap Peninsula who has military vehicles in every state of restoration on his hobby farm. It’s a unique love affair with those vehicles!


57 posted on 10/27/2011 9:47:27 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: DeFault User

Back in the early 90`s, a freind`s father managed the local WM. He nearly soiled himself one day when he noticed the old man looking at stuff on aisle 3 was Sam Walton. He`d just pop in and check things.


58 posted on 10/27/2011 10:26:44 PM PDT by myheroesareDeadandRegistered
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To: JoeFromCA

It depends where in California you live.

Some of the small towns in the Bay Area will pull you over in a heartbeat without plates.

Try driving in Tiburon/Belvedere with any type of infraction on your vehicle, and you will be stopped.

Guaranteed you won’t even make it out of town.


59 posted on 10/27/2011 10:40:55 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: Daffynition

Actually, the Temp sticker goes in the rear window, not the front, and a missing front plate ticket is way more than a few bucks.

I’ve had a few Corvette’s, and the later models with the plastic front end would look like crap with a front plate instead of the insert with the “CORVETTE” inlay, so I did that instead on my 98 Convertible.

I was pulled over almost immediately and wasn’t given a ticket, but a warning and was told the fine was around $200 for no front plate.

After that, I would keep the front plate in the car and if I was pulled over, I would tell the officer I just lost my job and need to sell the car, and I took the front plate off and put the insert in its place to take pics as I’m putting the car up for sale, and would show the officer the front plate which I kept in the car.

Of course, it helped that I kept the car washed and polished (not waxed!) and in immaculate condition, so I never got a ticket, but at times was made to put the front plate on the car, on the spot.

IDK what the exact dollar fine is, but it’s in the hundreds of dollars for no front plate once they’ve been issued by CA DMV and you have received them.


60 posted on 10/27/2011 10:49:57 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: MediaMole

Here in New England, I think the only state that doesn’t have sales tax on a car is NH ...sounds like a good deal, eh? But their property taxes are outrageous....they getcha one way or another.

Jobs’ behavior [skirting license plates, parking in handicap spaces,] seems childish to me.

Hasn’t it been reported that SJ embraced Buddhism? Didn’t he learn anything about Karma?


61 posted on 10/27/2011 10:52:20 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: MediaMole

Yearly reg fee depends on the age of the car.

The older the car, the less the annual reg fee.

CA is trying to get older cars off the road by making the smog requirements more stringent, and are offering up to $1,000 for cars built before 1989 or so.

No way they are getting my pristine, one previous owner, Silver 1988 BMW 325i w/Black Leather Convertible with just a few miles over 100k on it.

Best car I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned a lot of cars.

Dependable as the Sun rising, easy to work on, parts are inexpensive and plentiful and while it’s not the fastest car on the road, it’s a real Canyon Carver and a blast to drive on Highway 1 to the Beach or to the Mountain.


62 posted on 10/27/2011 10:58:44 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

I see. Here you can tell a car that is parked in the *hood.* The owner stands the plate in the back window and never ever has one mounted on the front bumper. Apparently, stealing front plates is quite common in urban cities.

I’ve seen and heard about people with *cute* front plates being pulled over....just one more reason for the cops here to harass the serfs.


63 posted on 10/27/2011 11:02:01 PM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Daffynition

In California, they also have “Red Light” cameras, which photograph your car/front plate if you run the light.

Another $300.00 or so dollars, which is another reason the state requires a front plate.


64 posted on 10/27/2011 11:13:06 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That’s what Sam Walton did along with Riffle racks and dogs in the back of the Pick up Truck. He would even wear jean suspenders and most people did not recognize that he was the wealthiest guy in America.

Funny to think about. Guess he just did not care and did what he wanted.


65 posted on 10/27/2011 11:20:25 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Daffynition

PL8 H8TR

LOL


66 posted on 10/27/2011 11:27:57 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: JoeFromCA
I bought a new car in California last April, and the dealer applied for the tags. It took the state of CA at least 4 months to mail me the license plates. In the meantime I drove the car without license plates. After receiving the plates I didn’t put them on for another month or so. Bottom line: Nobody cares if you drive a car in CA with no license plates.

We live in CT, but my husband is from CA. We spent a lot of time in CA (mostly in the Bay Area) during the 1990s. It seemed to me that nearly every other car I saw had no license plate, or some temporary plate. I always thought it was so strange to see thousands of plate-less cars like that on the roads...

67 posted on 10/27/2011 11:28:24 PM PDT by nutmeg (Yes We CAIN !! Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield
In California, they also have “Red Light” cameras, which photograph your car/front plate if you run the light.

Another $300.00 or so dollars, which is another reason the state requires a front plate.


Arizona does that too... but needs an extra camera to take a picture of the rear of your car at the same time.

We have no front license plates...

68 posted on 10/28/2011 12:13:45 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: Daffynition
I don’t know Cali laws.

And yet you started this thread saying he wasn't paying property tax and was thus a cheap bastard.

69 posted on 10/28/2011 12:54:25 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelected Obama.)
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To: newzjunkey

It was in response to the comment: >>The leasing company would have paid the taxes....<<

*That* was why I posted ** I don’t know Cali laws. In my state that is not the case.** In my state, the taxes are due at signing.

Do try to keep up. ;)

FWIW, Dan Cochran, who worked at Apple, noted that one day someone converted the handicapped “wheelchair” graphic into the Mercedes logo.

“I thought it was hilarious but as I recall Steve didn’t find it particularly funny at all,” he notes.

Quipped former Apple executive, Jean-Louis Gassee, when he saw Jobs park in a restricted spot: “I never realized those spaces were for the morally handicapped…”


70 posted on 10/28/2011 1:12:04 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: Daffynition

I’m surprised the Inventor Of The Internet and Apple board memeber iGore didn’t convince Jobs to drive an electric microcar.


71 posted on 10/28/2011 1:49:15 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind
Remember when iGore Was Trapped in His Limo a Blizzard En Route to Climate Fundraiser?


72 posted on 10/28/2011 2:34:04 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: bradylee

Bingo - Jobs didn’t want an ugly “logo” on the car, so he left the plates off. It’s the most logical explanation.

A little bit of OCD can go a long way.


73 posted on 10/28/2011 4:59:50 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: myheroesareDeadandRegistered; Moonman62

I recall after the stock market crashed in ‘87 and WalMart stock lost 100s of millions in value, one financial reporter asked Sam Walton about how upset he was with the turn of events. His reply was to the effect, “Well, I didn’t lose any stores, any inventory or any employees. It’s all here. It doesn’t make any difference to me. It doesn’t really matter.” Of course a few months later, it didn’t matter to the shareholders either, at least to the ones who didn’t sell.


74 posted on 10/28/2011 10:52:17 AM PDT by DeFault User
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