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Texas man's license plate revoked over hidden 'offensive' message

By
Ben Hooper

HOUSTON, April 10 (UPI) -- A Houston man said his license plate is being revoked by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles after officials discovered a hidden "offensive" message.

Safer Hassan said he had the customized plate for three years without incident, but he received a letter from the state DMV saying his "370H55V" plate was being recalled after it was "determined that the personalization is offensive."

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"People have no idea what that plate means. My closest friends don't even know," Hassan told KPRC-TV.

The trouble, Hassan said, is that the seemingly random collection of numbers and letters turns into a clear profanity when it is viewed upside-down.

The letter alludes to a similar plate that was recently rejected after a review.

"They may have just searched similar type plates," Hassan said.

Hassan said he will likely appeal the decision.

"I definitely think the state is overreaching their boundaries," he said.

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