DMV Recalls License Plate After It Stirs Outrage - Can You Spot Why?

A DMV is attempting to recall a license plate after realizing what it says.

A middle school teacher in Richmond, Virginia ordered a license plate that read 'FTRU MPK'. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles issued it, only to realize that the plate could contain an obscene message about the president.

They're trying to recall the plate now, but the driver insists that it is not obscene and that he has a right to have it.

Don Butler has nothing but disdain for the 45th president, so he got a license plate that reads, 'FTRU MPK'. At first, the state of Virginia issued the plate without any problems.

Butler was delighted to express his personal feelings about Donald Trump for all to see.

In May, Butler got a letter from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. After considering the license plate, they decided that it goes against their policies. The DMV policies on vanity license plates say that they're not allowed to display any profane, obscene or vulgar messages.

Butler refuses to turn in his plate, though. He's requested a hearing and plans to fight to keep it. He says it is an anti-Trump message, but it's not obscene.

"There's no question that it's an anti-Trump message," Butler told the Richmond Times. "I think that Trump has flunked miserably. Apparently, they're trying to read something else into it. ... I have no idea what they think it means."

Butler believes that someone spotted the plate and reported it to the DMV. The employees at the DMV looked up the entry 'F' in the urban dictionary and found its most closely associated with a profanity, even if Butler meant it to stand for 'flunk'.

Some might consider the 'F' and the 'K' on the plate to represent the 'f' word.

According to the DMV guidelines, they prohibit 'any combination of characters that in any way carries a connotation which may reasonably be seen by a person viewing the license plate as' deemed offensive or obscene.

"If somebody's offended by the F and K ... well, they have a dirty mind," said Butler, a former attorney. He’s ready to go to bat to keep his plate.

Butler isn't the first or only person to get a vanity plate related to Trump. An Ohio woman got the right to put the word 'covfefe' on her license plate. The mysterious word was found in a curious tweet by President Trump that read, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe."

For days, Twitter users mocked Trump and joked about what 'covfefe' could mean. Twenty-one states say they immediately saw orders for license plates reading ‘covfefe’.

The Ohio woman has now immortalized it on her plate. The DMV deemed it not offensive or inappropriate—for now, at least. It’ll be hard to tell, depending on what new meanings the word ‘covfefe’ might come to take on in the future.

The state of Georgia is not taking any chances. They've already banned the word 'covfefe' from license plates, just in case.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Don Butler, Wikimedia Commons

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