"ILVTOFU": Vegan's Vanity Plate Idea Shot Down By Colorado Officials

DENVER (AP) -- One Colorado woman's love for tofu has been judged X-rated by state officials. Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her fondness for bean curd by picking certain letters for her SUV's license plate. Her suggestion for the plate: "ILVTOFU." But the Division of Motor Vehicles blocked her plan because they thought the combination of letters could be interpreted as profane.

Says Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch: "We don't allow 'FU' because some people could read that as street language for sex."

Officials meet periodically to ensure state plates stay free of letters that abbreviate gang slang, drug terms or obscene phrases.

The 38-year-old Coffman-Lee says tofu is a staple of her family's diet because they are vegan and that the DMV misinterpreted her message.


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  • by ben Location: havelock on Apr 9, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    If an unknown space craft was spotted in Colorado, it could not be called a UFO. The combination of letters could be interpreted as profane.ha ha ha ha...
  • by r Location: n on Apr 9, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    Looks like the state officials in Colorado have their mind in the gutter and not on the supper table. Maybe they don't like Asians. Go "tofu" your self....
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Apr 9, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    witn thought my comment about Colorado not allowing a personalized plate with "fu" in their state but in NC the state issued "XXX" plates. now why is the comment not allowed to be posted?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    Goes to show that some folks just don't have anything better to do with their time except cause trouble! I got the meaning as soon as I read it!
  • by brock Location: greenville on Apr 9, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    this is just plain funny
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 9, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    LOLOLOLOLOLOL If she isn't ashamed of those plates... then why should anyone give her a hard time. They scream hooker!
  • by Michael Location: Merritt on Apr 9, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    I agree. Let the plates stay. We don't need big brother getting involved with this. Maybe governments should take the time to be productive instead of the license plate police!
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Apr 9, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    HAHA, they cant have "FU" but the the state of NC issued "XXX" plates
  • by Amanda Location: Greenville on Apr 9, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    Leave the poor woman alone people have no business telling her what she can and can't have on her personal vehicle people get a life!! Worry about more important things!!
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