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From time to time, license plates wind up with unintentionally humorous alphanumeric combinations. Massachusetts had a run of plates with "POO" as the trailing characters, for example, but th North Carolina DMV's inadvertent pun takes the cake. About 10,000 plates were stamped up bearing the characters WTF before a 60 year old teacher's grandchildren whispered the internets meaning of the acronym in her ear, spurring her to raise the issue. Perhaps they need to surf the web a bit more in North Carolina's DMV offices, but at least anyone offended by his or her tag can get it replaced for free. The best part of the entire debacle? The DMV's own sample image for its website was "WTF-5505."
[Source: DriversDrive, Photo: WXII]


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      luv2zzzzzzz
      • 6 Years Ago
      She never drove to South Carolina and saw all the "Go Cocks" bumper stickers?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best one I've seen is a Ferrari 360 Spyder with the plate "OUR401K." That just takes the cake!

      Runner up: Mini Cooper with "3W INIW."
        • 6 Years Ago
        whats the mini mean? I like that ferrari one :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        It means "Mini Me" upside down
      • 6 Years Ago
      I say you can put whatever you please on your plates as long as it dosen't use profanity.
      If you don't like what's on somebodies plate then don't read others license plate.

      So My plate will read KsMyAzz
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in Charlotte and I always laugh when I see that. I wish I had a WTF-Plate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We also have "WTH" plates.

      It's like the DMV has never been on the Internet.

      Yet the NC DMV rejected my "OJROBDME" plate saying it was "in poor taste".

      I was going to try for "WTF-MATE" figuring it would slip by, but not now. Oh well. "AUTOBLOG" might still be available.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The best part was that the county completely missed the memo that I didn't get the plates. My tax bill came in and sure enough, OJROBDME was down as my tag.

        :/

        I want to custom order a "DIABETUS" plate for a diabetic friend of mine as a practical joke, all I need is some info about his car :D.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm hoping "LED SLD" is still available when I finally get my CTS-V.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Last time I checked it was the DMV's job to test, license, and handle it's business. Not troll the internet for three letter sayings that change year to year based on what 15 year old kids make up.

      There will always be "something" that means absolutly nothing to most people and will have an inside joke or giggle associated with it. 5 years from now there will be meanings/slang/curse words that are just normal language to us today. Is it really the DMV's job to keep up to the minute on all this ever changing BS?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're absolutely right! Gotta love this politically correct world the left has pressed upon us!
        • 6 Years Ago
        wtf has been a common expression over the internet for over a decade now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh please. If it was just the left that was pushing PC it wouldn't exist. The right is in on it too. Stop being so naive, it's killing my country.
        • 6 Years Ago
        amen JJ
      • 6 Years Ago
      MUF-DVR
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't believe that this woman just figured out that Americans will create a meaning for any three letter combination.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WTF is up with that. The MF ers need to STFU. This is BS. Next thing you know, the CIA, FBI, and DEA will get involved. AAA will have to have a say to. I didn't RTFA, but I know that DAA (dumb-a** acronyms) are everywhere. For every 3 letter acronym, I can come up with a potentially offending saying for it. Maybe we should go with alien symbols instead?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "5 years from now there will be meanings/slang/curse words that are just normal language to us today."

      For many of us, "DMV" is already a slang/curse word.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the internets is srs bzns, and that woman needs to stfu srsly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I also saw a "WTF" numberplate here in South Africa - just driving in the morning this morning and this on coming car had "WTF xxx GP" (couldn't remember the xxx numbers) on the front bumper lol :)

      Well, it's totally standard as these letters aren't vowels nor custom-made.
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