Vanity plates can be cool, fun to decrypt, annoying or expensive, depending on your perspective. They can be a creative way to show your willingness to pay higher taxes, but take care in making your choice.

One Florida resident's choice of "NOTAG" on her vanity plate has earned her $8,000 in parking tickets. Apparently, "NO TAG" is what gets written on a citation when an illegally parked car has no plate.

Soon after installing her plate, Carol Schroeder received notice of 135 overdue parking tickets worth almost $8,000. The tickets were written for several different makes and models, and some written before her car was even manufactured.

Ha ha, funny little mistake. Right? Not to the city of Jacksonville, which says the owner of the car owes the money and the city's collection agency agrees. Surely someone will come their senses and make the situation right.

A few years ago, a man in Huntsville, Ala. received a notice that he owed $19,000 in overdue parking fees for a city he'd only been to once. His vanity tag, "XXXXXXX" is the exact thing Birmingham, Ala. cops write on citations for cars without plates. One Birmingham official he contacted said not to worry about it because they were broke and couldn't afford to arrest him anyway. That's comforting. We guess.


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      torqued
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Not to the city of Jacksonville, which says the owner of the car owes the money and the city's collection agency agrees" I need to see a quote from representatives of both Jacksonville and the collection agency. I'd love to hear how they justify that.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @torqued
        Agreed. This is beyond ridiculous, and just another case of showing how screwed up our "system" is.
      Rental Rep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Living in Birmingham I find the last three sentences highly accurate.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rental Rep
        That's horrible. Why is it like that?
        Tourian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rental Rep
        Agreed. I live there too and that is just plain false.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      graphikzking
      • 2 Years Ago
      This happens because we have low level employees that don't know the proper channels to take real issues to. Even some mid and high level managers don't understand how to handle situations and show ZERO common sense. It sucks that probably half of the work force understands this stuff but the other half is completely oblivious. What I can't understand is that when I dated a girl that was "oblivious" I enjoyed it while it lasted but I knew I would never procreate with a woman that was stupid. I guess 2 stupid people get together and make more stupid people so we are all doomed. Unless the government steps in and states you must pass a test or get a license to have a child. J/K on that .. but seriously.. how do we have so many stupid people?
      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      well, there is all kinds of stupid here. government workers (shock)- who cant apply common sense because, wait for it, its not all that common anymore. some member of the genpop (another shock)- who thought it would be cool if they got pulled over and the cop had to type in or explain the 'no tag' license plate but overestimated the governments ability to differentiate.
      Joe Gordon
      • 2 Years Ago
      It semi-boggles my mind that SOMEONE, hell ANYONE at the various DMV's in these states didn't notice this and put in a memo that license plates with those codes shouldn't be issued.
      kuntknife
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad license plates aren't long enough to do some good sql injection. You just know that all their systems are running off of archaic programs, or stuff written by interns and with articles like this, are mostly likely prone to the most amateur mistakes.
        raughle1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kuntknife
        Lol! Now you're thinking outside the box update auto_registration set fee=0, expiration_date='2099-12-31'; commit; /* nope, doesn't fit. More than 7 characters. */
      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do government job postings have an IQ ceiling that applicants can't exceed?
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GreaseMonkeySRT
        I have dealt with plenty if idiots in the Private Sector as well. The government has no monopoly on stupidity.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GreaseMonkeySRT
        No, those jobs are the private sector ones that require pushing buttons at McDonalds or digging ditches.
      space
      • 2 Years Ago
      man that's stupid.
      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jacksonville, your sense of decency is no higher than the curb, and your common sense is below that. NOTAG: are stupid? this is the best you can come up with to put on your car? did you even think for longer than two seconds about reality? Vanity plates are all about getting attention, enjoy.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        You know, even though NOTAG sounds dumb to you, it may have personal significance to the individual that ordered the plates. It might be a name, or perhaps even mean something that's beyond your grasp. I'd suggest not judging without information.
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          It could be exactly what you say, and it could be that the "TAG" portion could be completely coincidental. Around here, we call them license plates generally, not many use the term "tag", so that might not have ever been part of the thought process. Again, you don't know and I don't know. That's why I said it might be something significant to the individual that's beyond your grasp...
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          It could be "Not a G", who knows?
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ohh.........the problems stupid people create for themselves...... BD
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        The real idiots in this case are the cops who wrote the citations, and the local officials who seem to agree with them.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This news is at least a few months old.
        pinsimms99
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        If the news is so old, why did you bother clicking the article? Not everyone scours the internet for every single news article the second they are posted.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Well, the source article was only published a week ago. But again, people tend to confuse this blog with a news site. It isn't, it's a blog. They can write about what they want, when they want, without necessarily worrying about keeping up with the news cycle...
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          Maybe of that article. But it's still a blog, not a news site, and they do still post plenty of breaking stories. And a lot of readers may not have read this article elsewhere, so it's still new to them.
          Andrew
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          Except that commonly writing about old news can reduce readership...
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