MAN WINS FIGHT OVER 'IM GOD' LICENCE PLATE IN AMERICA
Meet Ben Hart, a retired postman living in Kentucky. He drives a Jeep with a custom plate that reads ‘IM GOD’ and the local authorities don’t like, one bit.
Mr Hart, a self-proclaimed atheist has owned this controversial number plate for over 12 years whilst living in Ohio, but since he’s moved to Kentucky, he’s found himself battling the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) for the right to carry on owning it.
Ben has appeared in court numerous times to fight for his custom licence plate. Apparently, the KYTC initially approved the printing of his plate, but concerns were immediately expressed about it as it might cause offence to others.
Shortly after this, Ben received a letter stating the plate was not authorised as it does not meet the requirements of KRS 186.174 and 601 KAR 9:012. Section 5 - vulgar or obscene wording.
Challenging this decision, Ben sought clarification to which the KYTC stated that they denied it to “prevent potential distraction to other drivers and possible confrontations.”
Back in Ohio, a woman confronted him and told him that he wasn’t God, to which he mentioned that if she can prove it, he would give her the $100 bill he’s been carrying for over 20 years. Sounds like people are struggling to prove otherwise.
Another woman once approached him at a petrol station and said: “I’ve always wanted to meet you.”
Despite the odd issue, Ben was adamant to keep his plate in his new home of Kentucky. After a lengthy four-year battle, the US District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ordered the KYTC to pay for his legal fees - this includes $150,715.50 (£116,601.80 / €139,511.31) in attorneys’ fees and $491.24 (£380.12 / €454.72) in litigation costs.
So there you have it, God can continue to drive his Jeep (hassle free) in Kentucky. Only in America, eh?
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