Somehow, This DIY License Plate Failed to Fool the Cops

Buick Century Pizza Plate

In the olden days of motoring, automotive registration numbers were assigned by states, but owners were left to their own devices as to how to display them on vehicles, leading to a nonstandard hodgepodge of license plates. By the 1920s, the free-for-all had become homogenized with state-issued plates, forerunners of the six-by-12-inch units we affix to our cars today. But sometimes plates get stolen. Or lost in the mail. Or, perhaps, DMV-related PTSD just won’t let a driver step into the office to acquire a new set. What to do then? One enterprising Boston-area resident seemed to have come up with a dandy solution, handcrafting a license plate using nothing more than a cut-up pizza box and some markers.

Police in the burg of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, weren’t so pleased with the motorist’s initiative, citing the driver of this Buick Century and posting the following to Facebook:

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We like the loopy flourish on the number 2s as well as the obvious care paid to the rendering of the 7. The off-center “MASS” gives it a bit of Land Rover Discovery–style asymmetrical charm, and expunging nine letters from the state’s name seems to be a worthwhile exercise in economy, adding to the plate’s minimalist, upcycled statement. Unfortunately, a series of numbers and letters scrawled on a piece of cardboard is not an acceptable substitute for a state-issued plate in Massachusetts.


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