(Sept. 1, 2003) — Do you find plastics offensive?
Or, more precisely, “PLASTCS”?
Chances are that most Plastics News readers do not. And while we're all aware that some folks in the general public have an anti-plastics bias, it still came as a shock to Michael Hoyt when the Arizona Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division turned down his request for the personalized license plate PLASTCS.
According to the form letter Hoyt received: “The combination of letters that you requested could be perceived as having a connotation that may be offensive or misleading to the public.”
That didn't sit well with Hoyt, the western sales manager for profile extruder Loxcreen Co. Inc. So, rather than live with the bureaucratic ruling, he appealed to the division's Personalized Plate Review Committee — which meets the second Thursday of every month — and he also called a friend who is a state senator.
In the end, Hoyt won the battle. In fact, he got a vanity plate that he likes even better, PLASTIX, because someone requested it, got the same negative response, and didn't bother to appeal.
“It was an interesting ordeal,” Hoyt reports. The process took more than a month. “It took an act of Congress to get it,” he added, exaggerating only a bit.
There's no doubt some drivers try to get offensive plates past our vigilant public sector workers. TheSmokingGun.com has a great archive of plates that made it through, including IH8GOP, 4U HOES, 4NIKATE. But turning down PLASTCS or PLASTIX earns a special award for bureaucratic silliness. Any ideas for what to call it?