Baxil (baxil) wrote,

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Something that occurred to me after seeing an odd license plate on my way to work.

Here in California, the standard -- non-customized -- license plate for cars consists of one digit, three letters, and three digits. A string like 1ABC123.

After Sept. 11, 2001, what did the states do with plates like 4OBL911?

That string of characters was meaningless before the terror attack. It was probably even on someone's car. But afterward, you can probably guess (especially if you think about the acronym for a moment) that it, and a number of other similar plates, could be found terribly offensive.

Do agencies have some sort of recall provision for random plates that through odd circumstance become controversial?

N.b.: I envy the lucky person randomly assigned the plate 1AML337.
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