When driving around you probably notice many personalized license plates around town. People get personalized plates for all types of reasons. Some like to express their fandom for a sports team or college. Other drivers like to use their plates to convey messages whether they are funny or sometimes just confusing.
Recently a Houston resident had their personalized license plates rejected by the Texas DMV for being too vulgar. According to KXAN, the license plate read: "LVTOFU", which somehow is offensive.
Catie Cryar applied for a license plate that read “LVTOFU,” according to a release from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). A PETA spokesperson said the license plate “does not contain profanity and is ‘designed to inspire more people to try tofu.'”
However, a Texas DMV spokesperson said the phrase contains “a common acronym for a vulgar term.”
“When reviewing a personalized alphanumeric pattern, the department need not consider the applicant’s subjective intent or declared meaning,” the Texas Administrative Code reads in part.
Now, I'm no fan to tofu, nor am I a fan of PETA. But LVTOFU being offensive or vulgar? The only way I see that it can be considered vulgar is the "FU" on the end, but it's part of a non-vulgar word.
What am I missing here? I know I'm 40 and that means I'm not up to date on all the new sayings and words kids make up these days.
OK now, at 6:50 p.m. see it and get why it was rejected.
According to KXAN the tofu lover in Houston will try again.