Apparently old people are driving around with ‘WTF’ license plates and now they aren’t happy about it.

Silicon Alley Insider got this little gem from a local North Carolina news channel:

Thanks to some text message-savvy grandchildren, North Carolina drivers whose license plates have the potentially offensive “WTF” letter combination can replace the tags for free.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday the state Division of Motor Vehicles has notified nearly 10,000 holders of license plates with the letter combination….

The DMV recently realized the same letters appeared on the sample license plate on its own Web site. Officials are trying to remove the plate from the site.

But what kind of sense does it make to allow these people to change all their license plates now? What’s next? Will all the ‘STFU’s, ‘GFY’s, and ‘TL;DR‘s be next? All those NC prisoners aren’t going to be happy working overtime to mold all those new replacement plates (or is that just in the movies?).

What if we allowed this kind of willy-nilly changing for inappropriate stock ticker symbols? It would be madness.

Thank goodness for all those ‘text-message savvy’ grandkids, though! We really dodged a bullet on this one. But this is slippery slope, my friends. Beware.

SAI: North Carolina DMV Slowly Adapts To Digital Age, June 27, 2008