The local resident repeatedly requested to get a vanity plate reading ‘Assman’. Why? Because the man’s name just happens to be David Assman. Despite that being a family name he was obviously born with, he couldn’t get a vanity plate on the grounds of profanity, The Edmonton Sun reports.
Not one to give up, David, whose last name is actually pronounced “Oss-men”, took things into his own hands and designed a huge ‘Assman’ decal that now sits on the tailgate of his pickup truck. Not only has his original Facebook post of the sticker been shared more than 5,000 times, it’s also put big smiles on the faces of many people.
To mimic the look of local license plates, David also got decals that read ‘Saskatchewan’ and ‘Land of the Living Skies’ as well as small stickers that look like the bolts found on real license plates. Talk about determination, huh?
It is reported that Saskatchewan Government Insurance has a list of rejected vanity plates that’s 85 pages long. Applications with even subtle hints at drugs, politics, religion, and sexuality are immediately rejected.
“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,” SGI spokesman Tyler McCurchy said.
David Assman isn’t actually the first man from Saskatchewan to make headlines because of his name. In the mid-1990s, gas station attendant Dick Assman was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman.
And since this whole debacle is indeed funny, here’s an old Seinfeld video that (you guessed it) jokes about the exact same word.