Skip to comments.Va. DMV orders driver to hand over ‘obscene’ Trump license plate
Posted on 10/03/2017 5:18:28 PM PDT by markomalley
A Virginia man has lost an appeal to keep his personalized license plate which reads FTRU MPK because it appears to contain an obscene message about President Donald Trump.
Donald Butler, a former teacher and lawyer, has the personalized plates on his Lexus SUV. Butler originally received a letter from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in May, ordering him to turn over his plates because they violated state guidelines.
In August, Butler argued his case in an informal conference at DMV headquarters.
Now, DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb has issued a four-page ruling, dissecting the argument over the meaning of the personalized plate.
You asserted that the F and K when read together meant flunk, the grade that you as a former teacher give Donald Trump as President of the United States, Holcomb wrote.
However, Holcomb described in several paragraphs that he believed the F and K stand for a word other than flunk.
The character combination reasonably could be perceived by members of the general public to be profane, obscene, or vulgar, Holcomb wrote.
I think the decision is wrong because my choice of message should not be rejected because a select group of people want to ascribe an evil and profane meaning to the lettering, Butler told WTOP, in an email.
It was quite likely that the complainers as well the members of the Committee (found) it offensive personally, said Butler.
There is no information to indicate a political bias on the part of the anonymous citizens or the Committee members., he wrote. I hereby affirm DMVs cancellation of the license plates FTRU MPK, Holcomb concluded.
Butler has said he will appeal the ruling to a circuit court judge.
If we had that standard here, half the posts would get pulled.
Could mean “For Trump”?
Wonder if “JAIL HIL” or “JAYLHILL” or “KNYN44” will work?
I side with the guy, the state issued the plates without a problem..........and now they don’t want to renew it?
President of the AFL-CIO
Looks to me more like an anti-AFL-CIO license plate.
Suitable for a pimp or an medical practitioner specializing in obgyn.
Hello Don Corleone. I always make money for my partners.:)
It’s from Seinfeld.
My favorite episode of Seinfeld. I stop short. :)
I’ve seen a couple of articles with big lists of rejected personalized plates. The made-up reasons for why they don’t mean exactly what they clearly mean are an insult to the intelligence of a five year old.
try this one:
Gaol is an old English word for “jail”
Has anyone tried “FUBHO44”?
This reminds me — last week as I was leaving the grocery store, I saw an SUV with a couple of Trump stickers and a licence plate that read “4 TRUMP”. It had to be a FReeper. (Central MD — anyone?)
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