A Canadian man whose vanity license plate “GRABHER” was revoked by authorities for being “inappropriate” is suing for the right to keep driving through town with it.
Lorne Grabher, a retiree in Nova Scotia, said his namesake plate has been on family vehicles for 27 years until the province suddenly revoked it in January.
A spokesman for the provincial Transport Department denied the rejection of the plate was related to an obscene comment made by President Donald Trump during his campaign, in which he bragged about grabbing women by the genitals, according to The Canadian Press.
But Grabher isn’t so sure.
“Canada is not a country where a person gets to be ‘offended’ at everything,” he wrote in an affidavit, filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
“I am increasingly dismayed by the hypersensitivity of some people who are ‘offended’ by every little thing they encounter,” he continued.
“Such diversity and freedom are impossible if the government seeks to eliminate or limit every little thing and every little difference that could be perceived as ‘offensive’ to someone.
The feisty senior pointed out plenty of “government regulated” place names in Canada, including “Dildo” and “Red Indian Lake” and “Blow Me Down Provincial Park” in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Ontario, there are towns called “Crotch Lake” and “Swastika” and a place called “Old Squaw Islands” in Nunavut, he wrote.
He also cited Sandy Hook, Manitoba, saying the name connotes gun violence after the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Grabher said he is proud of his last name, which shows his Austrian-German heritage.
His case is scheduled to be heard next September.