Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Colorado DMV Gives TOFU an X-rating.
Nice Mom Who Loves Tofu Classified as Obscene by Colorado Officials.
Woman's tofu license plate curdles Colorado
Apr 08 2009 07:22PM CST
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 tofu is a staple of her family's diet because they are vegan and that the DMV misinterpreted her message.
When asked, other disinterested persons had even more forceful derogatory comments to make about the Coloradod DMV, using some of the prohibited letters in the woman's license plate proposal to make their point.