Archive for Thursday, April 9, 2009

License plate letters create tofu snafu

April 9, 2009


— One Colorado woman’s love for tofu has been judged X-rated by state officials.

Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her fondness for bean curd by picking certain letters for her SUV’s license plate.

Her suggestion for the plate: “ILVTOFU.”

But the Division of Motor Vehicles blocked her plan because they thought the combination of letters could be interpreted as profane.

Says Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch: “We don’t allow ‘FU’ because some people could read that as street language for sex.”

Officials meet periodically to ensure state plates stay free of letters that abbreviate gang slang, drug terms or obscene phrases.

The 38-year-old Coffman-Lee says that tofu is a staple of her family’s diet because they are vegan and that the DMV misinterpreted her message.


woodenfleaeater 6 years, 7 months ago

I was going to get 1bdmofo, but that got the axe as well.

woodenfleaeater 6 years, 7 months ago

I saw a blue escort wagon w/ the personalized license plate sank4ever heading out of town yesterday. It looked as if they were heading to Wichita, but I could be mistaking.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

The Denver people are so far behind with minds in the gutter.

Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

I'm guessing that this woman was trying to find a way to advertise without getting on Craigslist.

preebo 6 years, 7 months ago

As a former Colorado resident and a vegetarian, I have to give it to kelly. I wish I would have come up with this a few years earlier. I like tofu, but don't know if I'm ready to love again.

notajayhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

I had a teacher in high school that ran afoul of the DMV for ordering a plate with his first initial and his last name (although they eventually relented).

His name was Paul HART.

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