Man Tries To Outsmart The DMV, Gets Hundreds Of Tickets Instead

A security researcher from California has learned that trying to beat the system doesn’t always work. Instead, it can backfire spectacularly.

According to Mashable, the researcher known as Droogie tried to outsmart the California Department of Motor Vehicles by getting a vanity plate that said “Null.” Since that’s the computer equivalent of no specific value, Droogie thought he could potentially avoid tickets as his plate would effectively become “invisible” in the DMV’s system.

Everything seemed to going fine as Droogie didn’t get any tickets the first year. However, things started to take a turn when he tried to renew his tags online and kept getting an “invalid information” message.

Also Read: To Serve And Collect – Massachusetts Troopers Had To Issue A Minimum Number Of Tickets

Things quickly spiraled from there as Droogie eventually got a parking ticket. He then received countless others totaling more than $12,000 (£9,952 / €10,742). While he wasn’t responsible for those offenses, all of the tickets were addressed to him.

This is odd to say the least, but it appears a third party processing company that works with the DMV had their system setup to have incomplete license plates show up as “Null.” As a result, these were then linked to Droogie who was ticketed.

Droogie reached out to the DMV and they contacted the processing company to have the tickets wiped out. However, the company hasn’t changed their system so Droogie still keeps getting new tickets and they’re valued at more than $6,000 (£4,975 / €5,371) already.

Unfortunately, no one seems interested in helping him as the DMV and Los Angeles Police Department told Droogie to just change his plate. However, he doesn’t want to do that as he said “I didn’t do anything wrong.” That’s understandable and it’s hard to believe the DMV didn’t prevent someone from getting a “Null” vanity plate in the first place.

H/T to The Drive

  • Six_Tymes

    his brain is NULL

    • db

      Soon his wallet too.

    • HURACAN

      and himself

  • D3X

    Well, he still doesn’t need to pay them, so I say it worked!

    • The sky is blue. Duh. You’re right and no one need try to convince you otherwise. Clear as day. I agree. Fabulous gambit played.

  • SCREW HIM.

  • Mr. EP9

    Not as clever as he thought he was. You’re not going to trick the system with that vanity plate. Give it up.

    • Dude

      He kinda did. He isn’t legally responsible for those tickets and the processing system will probably have to keep wiping them away like they did with the first $12k or change their system

      • Clearly, he was on the side of “YES!” more than “NO!”. Anyone that says otherwise must not like puzzles or logic. And I can tell you the company that must expunge/rescind those tickets, those employees/execs ALSO value getting out of government fines. I know from the source.

  • brn

    Researcher? Sure.

  • GobbleUp

    Lol tool, waste your time.

  • McFly

    He constructed a very clever gun to shoot himself in the foot with.

  • Willzyx

    When you are too smart for your own good.

  • KAG25

    how long does he keep that plate

  • That plate ticketing system might be [redacted]’s. I have no clue. But most people (walking around on the street) would have no concept of the NULL significance, I am willing to bet. Hilarious and brilliant.

  • Again, might be one of [redacted] systems. The system that processes fines is likely a third-party, private company. That company has no way of doing anything with how the plates are issued. matter of fact, so many tickets can be avoided and not paid…. or so I’ve heard.

2021 Mustang Mach-E Mistakenly “Leaked” By Ford, Starts At Just Under $44k

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will offer up to 300 miles (483 km) of driving range.

2020 Toyota Supra Driver Floors It, Crashes Right Into A Tree

The driver was probably trying out some kind of mod, but lost control of the Supra and crashed into a tree.

2020 Audi S8 Offers Supercar Performance Wrapped In Comfort And Luxury

The S8 has a rather discreet styling, but with 563 HP and a plethora of safety and comfort features, it’s very tempting.

Holden’s Project Monaro Is A Wonderful One-Off – And You Can Win It

The one-off Holden Monaro in question is painted Panoramo Blue Suede.

2019 LA Auto Show Preview: A-To-Z Guide To All The Debuts

Here’s a full list of all the world and North American vehicle premieres happening at the 2019 LA Auto Show .

Bad Driver Gets Instant Karma After Near Collision

Following the close call, the driver cut off a cop and got pulled over.

2020 Mercedes GLA Will Debut In “A Few Weeks”

Mercedes will reportedly skip auto shows and debut the 2020 GLA online.

1954 Jaguar XK120 Needs More Than A Dust-Off To Be Brought Back To Life

The classic Jaguar XJ120 will be auctioned off online between November 20 and 27 for an estimated $32k-35k.

Is This The Steering Wheel From The 2021 Corvette Z06?

If so, the Z06’s steering wheel will have carbon inserts and a red center line marker.

Consumer Reports Names The Chevrolet Camaro And Colorado The Least Reliable Cars In America

Chevrolet had the worst models, but Cadillac was rated the least reliable brand.