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When is a vanity plate offensive? PennDOT team decides

When is a vanity plate offensive? PennDOT team decides

In a nondescript driver's license center along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, five PennDOT employees decide what meets the definition of offensive. Plays on "WEED" or "ACID" — prohibited. Variations of "SEXY" or "EVIL" — denied, along with original idioms such as "SEXNAZI" and "HELLKAT." Pennsylvania drivers send in 200 to 300 applications for vanity plates each week, all of which these employees check for offensive or graphic implications. Requests pour in, even though the state raised the cost of custom registration from $20 to $76 last year as part of a transportation funding bill. "There has...

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