Failed Attempt: Police Not Fooled By Sloppy Handwritten License Plate

November 29, 20235 min read

Take a look at the chapter artwork and you will see a photograph of a car featuring what can only be described as a glaringly fake license plate.

Bay Area cops noticed it immediately.

Yes, in the early hours of Friday morning, a driver in Benicia, California, found herself on the wrong side of the law when a vigilant police officer- well, I mean, you know, the police officer was just doing his or her job.

Let’s not turn them into heroes quite yet.

Anyone who saw this car noticed how fake the license plate was.

It didn’t take a vigilant police officer to notice a glaringly forged license plate on her silver Kia Rio LX.

LX stands for luxury.

It’s the luxury model of the Kia Rio, which I believe at one point was the cheapest new vehicle you could purchase in America.

I don’t know if that’s still the case, but I don’t see a lot of Kia Rios on the road.

I mean, I see a lot of Kias, but not the Rio model.

Regardless, even if it is super inexpensive, you still have to shell out cash for the license plate.

You gotta register that shit.

The makeshift plate held in place by what seems to be black duct tape- she was really just cheaping out all over the place here, that immediately caught the officer’s attention.

Upon closer inspection, it became evident that the counterfeit plate was a crude imitation, seemingly crafted from a sheet of printer paper.

What’s funny is that even though she used printer paper, she did not use a printer to print out the license plate number.

She wrote that in marker, which did not help when it comes to the look of authenticity.

The plate number drawn by hand with a thick black Sharpie displayed digits that were slightly smaller on the right side, suggesting an on-the-fly adjustment during the illicit creation to accommodate all of the necessary numerals.

In other words, the bitch was running out of space.

So all the numbers and letters got smaller as she got towards the end of the paper.

Not only was the plate a fake, but its tags were also expired.

These were fake tags.

The top right corner of the makeshift plate, where a legitimate registration sticker should be, bore the handwritten date of January, 2023 in Sharpie.

It is most certainly past January, 2023.

The absence of a future date, like January, 2024, raised additional red flags.

The Benicia Police Department, unimpressed by the audacity of the attempt, took to Facebook to share the incident, cautioning the public, “We know we’re not superheroes, but FYI, this is not a way to get one over on us.”

Following the initial discovery at around 1 a.m., the officer promptly looked up the vehicle and uncovered that it had been reported stolen.

Consequently, the driver faced a double whammy of charges, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, ting, and misdemeanor possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

I guess that’s referencing the counterfeit plate.

The arrest proceeded without any incident.

That’s shocking.

No one was shot or murdered over this.

Yes, apparently this all went down without incident.

The apprehended driver was escorted to the Solano County Jail.

The bizarre saga serves as a stark reminder that even the most creatively concocted schemes are no match for the watchful eyes of law enforcement.

Again, I just have to say, the police officer could have been legally blind and he still would have been able to spot that that thing was a fake.

Super obvi.

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