Vanity plate leads to $20,000 in tickets

Cleverness is its own  reward punishment.

Fortunately for cash-strapped parents, Georgia's plan to require giant license plates on small children went nowhere.

Fortunately for cash-strapped parents, Georgia's plan to require giant license plates on small children went nowhere.

A D.C.-area man, who, in an attempt at humor dared get a personalized license plate reading “NO-TAGS,” has been rewarded with $20,000 in traffic tickets, reports

Jovial Redskins fan Danny White alleges he gets the bill whenever police come across a car without a license plate and write “No Tags” on the ticket.

White says he spends one day every few months hacking and slashing at the red tape his joke, and government bureaucracy, has created.

His driving record is so maimed by the wrongful tickets he can’t get his license or registration renewed, reports Channel 4.

I’m still trying to get ParkAtlanta to admit they double-ticketed me in August 2011, so I feel his pain.

The DMV, despite realizing they are wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars mailing tickets to the wrong motorist, seems unwilling to fix their computer system. Instead, they want to void the “confusing” tag White’s had for 25 years and make him pay for another one.

We don’t always get the type of government we overpay for.

35 comments Add your comment


February 17th, 2012
8:43 am



February 17th, 2012
8:57 am

Since u had no comment

Frank Furter

February 17th, 2012
9:07 am

Believe I would get a different tag!


February 17th, 2012
9:16 am

giant license plates for kids…LOL..


February 17th, 2012
9:22 am

why doesnt he change it to know tags ?

Call it like it is

February 17th, 2012
9:37 am

How about Govt Sux


February 17th, 2012
9:49 am

How about “IMNIDIOT”


February 17th, 2012
9:57 am

Oh well, my tag “55bdamned” didn’t seem to humor the traffic cops either.

u asked for it

February 17th, 2012
9:59 am

….a classic case of attention seeking gone wrong….


February 17th, 2012
10:01 am

Try living in Butts county and requesting a personalized license plate that reads itchy, smelly or stinky.


February 17th, 2012
10:07 am

And I guess by reading the paper for free online, we get the type of columnist that ends articles with a preposition???

Bernard The Woodpecker

February 17th, 2012
10:10 am

Actually, I understood that he wasn’t trying to be funny, it was a clerical error. When you apply for a vanity tag, you are given three slots to put three different choices in case you first ones are already taken. In slot number 3 he put ‘NO TAG’ meaning that he didn’t want a vanity plate if he couldn’t get one of his first two choices. When they sent him a plate reading, ‘NO TAG’, and not realizing the implications, he just put it on his car. Fast forward a few years later and he’s in administrative hell.


February 17th, 2012
10:13 am

i would’ve gone with NOSCRUBS (if i were a vanity plate-type person, that is)


February 17th, 2012
10:23 am

Clicked for the story. Stayed for the caption. Hilarious!


February 17th, 2012
10:33 am


George Mathis

February 17th, 2012
10:38 am

It is a myth that sentences can’t end in prepositions. Consider this example — “What did I just step in?” Would you prefer to read “In what did I just step?” Of course not.

Dana P.

February 17th, 2012
10:42 am

@ Bermard the Woodpecker: Thanks for the clarification. This story kinda had me scratching my head. Now I kinda feel badly for they guy.

JoJa Boi

February 17th, 2012
10:46 am

Karl, I am proud that you even knew that for was a preposition, and that in most cases you shouldn’t end a sentence with one! However, you can indeed end a sentence with a prepostion if the sentence wouldn’t make since without it. So try making since of the last sentence without the usage of the word for. (Did it again) Once you are done reading that sentence without “for”, ask yourself, “does this make since?”


February 17th, 2012
10:49 am

A preposition is usually the wrong type of word to end a sentence with.

Ben Russell

February 17th, 2012
11:13 am

Big Government, Big Business, they are inflexible because they can be! Vote out lousy politicians and refuse to do business with uncaring, non-responsive businesses !!!!

Old Boy

February 17th, 2012
11:26 am

I am so sick of these grammatical shortcuts. What is the world coming to?

"Since"- less

February 17th, 2012
11:41 am

Jo Ja Boi……ummmmmmm try “sense”


February 17th, 2012
11:55 am

Regarding the dangling preposition at the end of the article and the criticism it has prompted, I am reminded of Winston Churchill’s observation about dangling prepositions: “This is the sort of thing up with which we shall not put.”


February 17th, 2012
12:41 pm

What did the guy do wrong though? He clearly has TAGS ON HIS CAR!! No state makes a special license plate for cars with No tags…If the cop runs the plates the registration should come up as being valid if he has the appropriate expiration sticker. There is either more to this story or everyone in the system has really gotten dumb. Not to mention the DMV issued the damn plates!! UGH.


February 17th, 2012
12:44 pm

Danny White has run up against the reality that personal freedom, even in America, is not unlimited. He wants the government to change its procedures so he can continue “his joke”. It is time for him to get a different license plate. A good compromise, under the circumstances, might be for the DMV to give him one at no charge.


February 17th, 2012
12:46 pm

Jennifer honey, go back and re-read, slowly. I think you missed the point entirely. The issue is that with the plate NO TAGS, he is issued citiations for vehicles without any tags becuase the officers write no tags on the ticket. The system then links the citiation to him because the phrase no tags (meaning missing tag on the stray vehicle) matches his license plant NO TAGS. He then has to fight to clear the errant citation.

Mr. Calm

February 17th, 2012
12:56 pm

This is what idiots who crave attention gets! The DMV should double his fines!

no sympathy

February 17th, 2012
1:43 pm

He’s had the tags for 25 years?! Get new tags you moron.

Donna Outlaw-Plank

February 17th, 2012
4:24 pm

So ???, who is adding a “no tag” citation after the ticket is written? Something has to be missing from the story because the make, model, color of car, VIN number, DL number, AND tag number etc are always written on tickets and none of those would match his car or HIM. Does the DMV type in “NO TAGS” and this man’s name appears? I agree with Jennifer – This story just doesn’t make sense.

Circle R

February 17th, 2012
4:32 pm

Sounds like a guy walking around for days with a “kick me” sign on his back wondering why he keeps getting boots up his arse!

Mattie Patterson

February 17th, 2012
4:56 pm

We grt exactly the type of government we vote for and pay for. Perhaps we need to pay more attention to what we keep putting in power. They push our hot buttons and like Pavlov’s dog we react to the bell.

Rich Green

February 18th, 2012
9:16 pm

If you brought together all of the minds in the Virginia State Governments, especially the Richmond General Assembly together, you would hard be pressed to find a whole and operating mind with intelligence. Everyone in these Va governmental agencies have one brain cell left and it is working overtime. You have no Idea the incompetance I have come across dealing with Virginia and it’s useless robotical empty- ployees.. This is by no means sour grapes. It is fact and, although there are dedicated employees that deserve our thanks( For doing their jobs?)It is a nightmare trying to get a gov employee, that hates their job, to offer you any service because all they want is a paycheck and go home with a six pack, eat dinner, burp and go to bed. I love Virginia, and I love my country, I just hate my government and the self serving, corrupt leadership we call our lawmaklers. We the people has become You our pawns, let us think for you. We are in alot of trouble. Thanks.RG

Jenifer Johnson

February 18th, 2012
11:21 pm

I’d say it would be worth it to get a new tag… I tried PB4UGO many years ago… they wouldn’t give it to me…LMAO!!!

Hopeless City

February 19th, 2012
12:59 am

That simply tells me how lazy and how incosiderate DC government workers are. They only care about their own convenience. It never occured to them that they are paid by tax payers so they got a job there to feed their family. Everyone had experience dealing with DC government knew how corrupted they are. The one that threatened me before is now guilty of stealing tax money….but tax payers are still paying for this person’s life inside the prison!


February 19th, 2012
5:38 pm

hey, nephew keep those vanity plates.i am keeping my plates no tags in ct