Rick Sanders says his Osama bin Laden-inspired license plates are being taken away by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for being offensive (video below).
Sanders had his “F.OSAMA” license plates for seven years, but received a letter this week from the DMV stating the plates would be replaced because they are “profane, obscene or vulgar in nature.”
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Sanders told WVEC-TV: “Right after the attacks of 9/11, I decided I wanted to do something to show that I’m patriotic. I didn’t want to offend anybody by it. I wanted people to realize that I don’t want you forget what those folks did to us.”
Sander's plates plates are being replaced with “6668UP,” which Sanders finds offensive because he numbers 666 are widely viewed as a satanic symbol.
Pam Goheen, a spokeswoman for the Virginia DMV told WVEC-TV: “Sometimes are we overly cautious? Sure, but we rely on the public to notify us when they see messages that are potentially objectionable.”
Although Goheen would not discuss Sanders’ case, she said anyone whose plates are deemed offensive can work with the DMV to come up with an alternative message.