The local government has no sense of humor.
Meet David Assman, a railroad worker hailing from Saskatchewan, Canada. His family name, German in origin, is really pronounced ‘OSS-men’ but that’s not the way most would say it. But Mr. Assman previously had a problem when it came to his choice of license plate. Understandably and because it’s funny, Assman wanted a personalized license plate for his Ram pickup truck.
Unfortunately, his application has been rejected as ‘profanity,’ according to the National Post. He first applied for the plate back in the 1990s and gave it another shot recently. Once again, it was denied, this time because Assman is "offensive, suggestive or not in good taste.”
But that’s simply his name. Why penalize him for that? "I think they are too worried that people are going to have hurt feelings about something that is complete nonsense,” Assman told the National Post by direct message. "Even if it wasn’t my last name who is it going to hurt?” He’s right, but the local government doesn’t see it that way.
"Even if a word is someone’s name and pronounced differently than the offensive version, that’s not something that would be apparent to other motorists who will see the plate,” a spokesperson said.
After being denied once again for his preferred license plate, David Assman came up with a clever solution. He simply designed a large replica license plate decal with ‘ASSMAN” proudly printed and attached it to his truck’s tailgate. The Assman has also outsmarted the government and become something of a hit on social media at the same time. His fellow Canadians love Assman’s show of defiance, though there are a few fun suckers who claim his tailgate decal is offensive. But whatever. He’s not hurting anyone and isn’t even doing anything legal. Mr. Assman, we salute you. You’re the Assman, after all.