Given its deep-rooted history in higher education and a burgeoning tech and start-up scene, Boston’s classiest side truly revels itself somewhere much different: on the roads. Not only does Massachusetts have some of the best road-ragers and confusing roadways in the country, but apparently it also has plenty of folks looking to ride in style, with a customized license plate to match the driver’s personality.
Not all of these requests are granted, though. As a matter of fact, many are rejected each year, and for reasons not explicitly stated by massDOT (although, as you’ll see, they may not really need much of a reason other than, “seriously, dude?”). Moreover, these vanity plates don’t come for free. That means, someone, presumably a stripper, paid money (hopefully not cash, who knows where that’s been), to ride around in his or her car with the license plate “STRIPR.”
Not all of the following, provided by our buddies at MuckRock, who are currently filing requests for lists of these plates in every state, were rejected simply for being semi-inappropriate. Most of them actually seem rather cryptic, which again begs the question, what kind of criteria does the state follow when accepting and/or rejecting these requests? George Levines of MuckRock says that massDOT has yet to respond to their request for said guidelines. Until then, we can only speculate as to what some of these plates actually mean. Gang codes? Really confusing acronyms? Inside jokes? They’re probably just inside jokes, huh?
Massachusetts’ Rejected Vanity Plates