Government Says Man’s Last Name Too ‘Offensive’ For License Plate

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) – A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man’s eponymous personalized vehicle license plate, saying Lorne Grabher’s surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper.

Grabher said Friday that he put his last name on the license plate decades ago as a gift for his late father’s birthday, and says the province’s refusal to renew the plate late last year is unfair.

Grabher says the Nova Scotia government is discriminating against his name.

Transport Department spokesman Brian Taylor says while the department understands Grabher is a surname with German roots, this context isn’t available to the general public who view it.

The personalized plate program introduced in 1989 allows the province to refuse names when they’re deemed offensive, socially unacceptable and not in good taste.

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One Comment

  1. violate the rights of the individual in order to protect the potential sensitivity of hypothetical victims. makes perfect sense in this day and age.

    1. This just in, the Nova Scotia authorities have decided they are so offended they are requiring him to change his name from Grabher to Gropeshe.

  2. Jerry Walton says:

    Political correctness run amuck. Not a bit of common sense left in government.

  3. Glenn M says:

    His wife’s request for her personalized plate was also turned down. She wanted to use her last name of BythePuusy….

  4. Ken Dicus says:

    But it would have been OK if his last name was GrabHis

  5. Kim A Kirk says:

    Would you want your name on your plate if your name was Rammehard

  6. Ken Smith says:

    I’ve always thought it explains a lot when you realize that government policies are dictated by the least educated and least functional residents.

  7. The gov already tell you what you should eat, now they tell you what can you write on Plate next, is going to manage your checking account.

  8. Political Correctness SUCKS!!!! Always has always will. People can shove their feelings where the sun don’t shine. If you’re worried about being offended you’re living on the wrong planet.

  9. Easy; just change his name to Gotcha . . .

  10. It’s offensive because it contains a pronoun that is gender specific.

    1. Jerry Walton says:

      GrabIt would probably been acceptable.

  11. Trump really is in the heads of lunatic left isn’t he?

    As far as I know, Canada does not have a 1st Amendment. However in the U.S., car tags are also subject to “thought police”.

    We certainly wouldn’t want to offend anyone would we?

  12. What a dismaying commentary on what life has become. So glad, born in 1941, to have been raised in a different, even if imperfect, milieu. j

  13. Jeffrey Gee says:

    LOL now Trump can get it!

  14. Why am I not surprised this happened in Canada?

    I’m sure a JIHAD4U license plate is not only acceptable but is a free vanity plate from the government.

  15. jasonn13 says:

    That’s absurd. What a bunch of idiots.

  16. Richard Head must have a heck of a time getting his personalized plates.

  17. What next? Are they going to arrest him and force him to change his “offensive” last name? Liberals never cease to amaze me.

  18. riosam77 says:

    What’s the age of this guy? 12? It’s a dumb name, which he could modify for the plate, ex: graber, or gabher, or grbhr (no vowels)…..bottom line to this guy; GROW UP

    1. It’s his own name, stupid. Your absurd “bottom line” does not change this fact. I, too, have a highly irregular surname — and I assure you it did not change as a result of, or due to my failure to, “GROW UP.”

    2. Yeah bro, make HIM change the accurate spelling of his last name and change it to what you find tolerable, not even acceptable, just tolerable, so your (riosam77) feelings and others are placated. Where do you people come up with, or think up, this kind of garbage and nonsense?

  19. tngilmer says:

    Its Canada. The Looney Tunes of the frozen north.

  20. dt60093 says:

    I prefer a license plate that no one can remember. Maybe, “0O00OO” or “MNNMMN”.

  21. Canadian cucks… what more needs to be said…

  22. Don’t complain, Mr. Grabher. You have the government you deserve.

  23. winstongalt says:

    Snowflake alert.

  24. kstormplace says:

    At least his name isn’t Gaylord Focker.

  25. She might even like that. My Chinese neighbor is applying for nameplates with his own name, Wan Hang Lo.

  26. I am extremely offended by the mere fact that I have to pay taxes. I think in deference to my sensitivity they should ban all taxes. Same logic, right?

  27. There is an easy million dollars worth of defamation of character…maybe he can change his name to GovSnowFlakesSuck and see if can get another million…

  28. Just to clarify: Did they actually get a complaint from a citizen about the name or was it just a PC bureaucrat who decided it was offensive? I see a great law suit possibility for Mr. Grabher. Clean out the Scotia treasury and load up this man’s pockets. His good name has been besmirched!

  29. I’m offended just reading this story.

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