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Plates Say ‘OUIOUI,’ State Says ‘No’

September 29, 1986

DENVER (AP) _ The personalized license plates on Brad Thomas’ car say ″OUIOUI,″ but the state of Colorado says ″no, no,″ because another Colorado resident found the plates offensive.

Thomas, 28, of Littleton, got the plates reading ″yes, yes″ in French some time ago for his Mercedes 280E.

″It’s just an attitude toward life,″ he said.

But state law dictates that if someone takes offense at the message the plates will be recalled. The only exception is if the plates bear the owner’s name, said Debbie Robinson, the Motor Vehicle Division’s administrative clerk for personalized plates.

Robinson said that when Thomas’ application for the plates came she saw only what most people see: an expression in French.

But somebody wrote to complain that the plates could be read ″wee wee,″ so the state had to order Thomas to return them, she said.

Thomas, who said he was vaguely aware of the double-entendre when he applied, said he will likely contest the recall.

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