Is this offensive? DMV revoking man’s license plate after finding ‘hidden’ message

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Credit: KPRC

HOUSTON – He's had it for three years. Now, a Texas driver is being told to hand over his license plate, or it will be suspended.  The state has deemed the plate unacceptable.

There are more than 120,000 personalized license plates available in Texas. Safeer Hasaan has had one on his Lamborghini for the last three years, according to KPRC.  It reads, "370h55V."

The problem is the state says this puzzling alpha-numeric jumble is no longer acceptable. They told him, "It has been determined that the personalization is offensive."

Haven't figured it out why this plate could be considered offensive? How about when we flip it over?  You're now looking at a blurred out cuss word, and it took the state some time to reach the conclusion.

Here's the rule for revocation:  "Would it invoke a response from other drivers that would be driving past that vehicle."

Hasaan argues his plate doesn't meet that standard, saying "I definitely think the state is overreaching their boundaries."

Hassan said he is strongly considering appealing the state's decision.


  • truth

    We should have insurance protection with the dmv for this. Its not like anybody’s going to get a refund for the money spend on the plates. Controversy creates commerce creates claim.

  • Ruth Swift

    It would “invoke a response from other drivers”. Who on earth looks at number plates and mentally flips them upside down?

  • miles (dave)

    if you told me there was a secrete message in that plate im not sure i would think to turn it over, or if i did it would take me a while, and thats after i knew i was looking for something.

    im not a big fan of profanity but im ok with a stranger having this license plate.

  • bob

    What does “invoke a response” mean? Is laughter a “response”?

    People are incredible childish. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. I agree he probably is what he says he is, but who cares?

    • dawn

      hahaha…yes, maybe this is therapeutic, self-reflection. ..hahaha Too bad I can’t fit, “I know you are, but what am I” on a tag!

  • The Yakima Kid

    What is offensive is that there are civil servants being paid to spend three years trying to figure out if a license plate is offensive.

  • Jennifer

    This is just ridiculous! I couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to say until I read it on this one & no one else is going to think to mentally flip it upside down to get the meaning. Ugghhhh, some people just annoy me with this crazy nonsense.

  • PHA

    Let me guess. These people from DMV and the stink of VietNam War protesters, draft dodgers, and wanna be’s, still trying to denegrate a Proud Veteran’s service. To them, I say that you are disgusting, immature and disrespectful. Shame on you. I firmly believe this decision should be changed. You have disrespected theman, his service, devotion to duty and only serve your own peurile attitudes

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