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North Carolina is offering 10,000 vehicle owners whose licence plates contain the "potentially offensive" combo of letters "WTF" the chance to replace them for free. According to WXII12.com, the state's Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) was tipped off to the outrage by a 60-year-old technology teacher from Fayetteville who in …

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Banned Scottish number plate

Last year we have our very own banned number plate word in Edinburgh: SN07, which was Not Appropriate and instead TN07 was used.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/6897494.stm

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Banned plates

Down here in Aust. there were a whole bunch of banned plates featured on TV a few decades back. My favourite was 6ULDV8 (The 6 should be read with a New Zealand accent as in "6 is between 7 and 8").

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Pimpala

Florida DMV has a lack of sense of humor to ban vanity plates for someone with a nice Impala... you can't get a plate with "PIMPALA" in it.

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Here is a true WTF story

My dad is a regular participant in a 3000 mile cross-country motorcyle rally. Because of the sheer endurance required, it has been aptly named the "Ironbutt" competition. Riders who finish or win the competion are given an "IRONBUTT" certicate... iron plaque, etc. As a finisher he naturally felt very honored.

But when he innocently tried to get "IRONBUTT" put onto hîs North Carolina vantiy bike plate.. well the DMV said no (coz it was "inappropriate").

So he had settled for "IRONBOT" instead which successfully slipped past the DMV plate nazis.

Ride free.....or die

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@amanfromMars

ETA for enlightenment?

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Paris Hilton

15 5EXY

That famous (in the UK) Porn star from the 1970's Mary Millington had 15 5EXY on her yellow Jaguar XJS!

PH because she 15n't EXY!

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so last year

give me FUD anytime

but then I'm and old RPG'er

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I want

UR PWNED as my next reg plate

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Paris Hilton

You can't get a PIMPALA in Florida...

...but you can get A55 RGY, which--when combined with the large orange that decorates Florida license plates and looks like an O--implies another interesting hobby.

Paris, because she has interesting hobbies.

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@LaeMi Qian

WTF?

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some missing info

i live in NC. the plates are generated with a 3 letter prefix, a dash, and a suffix of 4 numbers.

NCDMV personalized plate checker / preview:

https://edmv-sp.dot.state.nc.us/sp/PersonalizePlate?serviceType=EXP

i don't think they banned WTF, they just offered to replace auto-generated plates with a possibly offending prefix. nothing about this seems mandatory.

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Reg readers are predicable bigots

I knew as soon as I saw "North Carolina" in the title that there were going to be a bunch of stupid comments based on sad and outdated stereotypes.

As the owner of a small technology company we relocated to Raleigh from Los Angeles a few years ago because of the abundance of intelligent forward thinking young people that live in the area. Raleigh's workforce is the most highly educated in the nation based on the percentage of young adults with college degrees and also has and one of the highest percentage of grads with doctorate degrees. The Research Triangle Park is home to many leading Bio-tech, computer technology and environmental tech companies.

Both Raleigh and Charlotte are progressive booming cities with economies, job markets and housing markets that the rest of the nation and much of the world can only wish they had.

Anyway, I really just wanted to point out that they were simply allowing people who might be offended to swap out their plates, they certainly weren't mandating that anyone doe so.

By the way, I was raised Catholic in New York but had already considered myself an atheist before moving to California as a teenager. Although there are a lot of "Southern Baptists" here who you might think wouldn't take kindly to either Catholics or atheists, it's simply not true, people seem to be nice to everyone here. I've got lots of friends here who know me, accept my views and are always glad to have us over for a barbecue and some beer.

So to all the simple minded people who can't see past their own stereotype, FO-Q2

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what about

WTC

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H8 banned in New Hampshire USA

My wife's H8DCYF, for i Hate the Division of Children Youth and Family, a state agency that violates the rights of parents and children every day, raised enough of a stink so that H8 is banned. The owner of H8TAXES had it recalled, but managed to get it back. A gas company got Methane (CH4) and Ethane (C2H6), but couldn't get Propane (C3H8).

http://wermenh.com/h8dcyf.html

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3AT M3

Saw it a couple of weeks ago.. although '3M TA3' would be funnier 'cos you only get it when you see it in the rear-view mirror.

We only get six letters to play with here, so we have to be extra-creative.

Might be a good plate for Paris, I dunno...

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This is stupid

Disgusting behaviour.

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@ some missing info

Suggestions from government agencies are many times tantamount to orders. Especially when the suggesting agency has been embarrassed or at the very least made uncomfortable. But ah'll bet you uh bucket of grits WTF disappears from Nawth Calina's license plates. If not by direct replacement, then by refusal to reissue.

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@John Colby

Well, at least I can take a tiny amount of comfort that John Colby's reference to Obama WTF is to a site not directly associated with him. I would be unimpressed to find that two sequential US presidents couldn't actually use language coherently. A passing grade can be achieved for the equally pithy but at least grammatically correct "What ARE the facts?" or "What're the facts" to keep the crap attempt at the WTF acronym alive.

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Watch these Spaces......

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Well ...... they are supplied, but you can expect moles in any media communication organisation, working for hidden interests, to be tasked with scraping juicy news to other honey pots, rather than them generating honey themselves..... so it is as well to have mirroring resources elsewhere for back-up.

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hmm...

Just a few days ago i saw a guy on TV in my country who refused to use a leased car because the leasing company gave him the number x-xx-GAY.

It's not the leasing company's fault because the numbers are generated randomly but the twist is the office that issues plates in my country wants 200$ to change the plate. Considering average monthly income here is 350-400$, it's a lot.

The same tv broadcast showed plates like SUG (suck in english) and FAG (which in my country can mean a tree or you know what in english)...

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Coat

I remember seeing one from Hew Hampshire once...

Vanity plate:

TIHZ HO

Looked great in a mirror.

Mine's the metal one made by prison labor...

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Go North-East young man

... and see what you can find in Scunthorpe.

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FTW

Just got some new plates and they are ### FTW. I guess the west coast of Canada doesn't have the same issues as NC....

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Apparently........

Apparently this teacher has nothing better to do with his time, LIKE TEACHING! WTF is with teachers these day. All they want to do is be-atch about every thing.

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WTF Plate

Best plate I ever saw has to have been V461 NAL - on the back of nondescript Cavalier. Either the driver was completely unaware or he was a gynaecologist with a low-key sense of fun,

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WTF as a TLD?

pctechxp> Wonder if I can lodge a request with ICANN to register that as a TLD

If WTF became a TLD? I'd for sure get a handful of domains under it. Would probably end up being one of the more successful custom TLDs created.

-- Smoovious

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