MY LICENSE PLATE'S BEEN STOLEN!
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Sun May 03, 2009 11:44 am quote
To riders in Minnesota and surrounding states, listen up!

Yesterday, I parked my LT in a free zone for motorcycles to go to the library for an hour and a half. I came back, rode back to the garage, went to work on foot (I'm an Enumerator for the Census, and my assignment area wasn't far away). I come back to the garage to polish the muffler and the crash bars when I look behind to see the bare plateholder.

It's a Minnesota license plate, the number is 94226MD.
The tags expire February 2010.

If you find some asshole with that tag, BRING HIM TO ME!

I don't know if this will help because likely by now that plate is long gone.

But at least it'll help me vent.

Today, to get to the coffeeshop to type this, I had to take the stupid bus. There was a Meat Loaf song on the radio and somebody on a black Vespa GT200. And to put more insult to injury, I have to buy a new license plate while that jackass makes off like a bandit!

DAMMIT, THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!
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Sun May 03, 2009 11:53 am quote
There are anti theft screws for license plates. One of the sponsers of Modern Vespa advertises them on their web site.
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Sun May 03, 2009 12:05 pm quote
WoW! That didn't take long.
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Sun May 03, 2009 1:11 pm quote
Wow, that really sucks. I'm sorry it happened to you. How long does it take to get replacements?
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Sun May 03, 2009 1:13 pm quote
So sorry for the theift. Better days are ahead.

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Sun May 03, 2009 1:30 pm quote


Just read that larceny and theft is Is 1.41 times the National Average in Duluth!! Wow, sorry Robert!
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Sun May 03, 2009 1:42 pm quote
Plate's What???
MY LICENSE PLATE'S BEEN STOLEN? Use tamper proof hardware on your new plate.

Last edited by Major Tom on Sun May 03, 2009 3:46 pm; edited 3 times in total
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Sun May 03, 2009 1:46 pm quote
Re: Plate's What???
Major Tom wrote:
MY LICENSE PLATE'S BEEN STOLEN!
Your license plate's what has been stolen? Sorry couldn't helped, no one else was coming in with the grammar police.
"plate's" isn't a contraction for "plate has"?
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Sun May 03, 2009 1:50 pm quote
Re: Plate's What???
Major Tom wrote:
MY LICENSE PLATE'S BEEN STOLEN!
Your license plate's what has been stolen? Sorry couldn't helped, no one else was coming in with the grammar police.
I think the OP meant for the apostrophe and the s to be a contraction for the word, has, as opposed to the word being in the possessive.
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Sun May 03, 2009 2:52 pm quote
Re: Plate's What???
Major Tom wrote:
MY LICENSE PLATE'S BEEN STOLEN!
Your license plate's what has been stolen? Sorry couldn't helped, no one else was coming in with the grammar police.
No need, no grammatical law is broken here. In this case, the apostrophe was correctly used in a contraction.
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Sun May 03, 2009 3:33 pm quote
Re: Plate's What???
Major Tom wrote:
MY LICENSE PLATE'S BEEN STOLEN!
Your license plate's what has been stolen? Sorry couldn't helped, no one else was coming in with the grammar police.
couldn't have helped, couldn't been helped, or couldn't help?
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Sun May 03, 2009 3:36 pm quote
Who the F cares about 's Very easy to not have something right if your in a hurry and don't proof read Sorry about the theft. Years ago i had my registration sticker stolen out of my glove box,raining so it didn't get put on right away. Almost 2 years later i get call from the police saying that they had found it. Only reason that happened is our stickers are good for 1 year so the perps got busted for expired tags What sucks is you will probably have to pay for new ones Good luck.
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Sun May 03, 2009 4:14 pm quote
Realistically what is the point of stealing a plate?

The plates are registered to the vehicle's VIN, can you just walk into your lisence office with a pair of random plates and have them re-registered without someone noticing?

Would any officer looking up the plate not notice that the plates are on, say a ninja and not a vespa?

Either way, that really sucks, but a lesson learned that tamper proof bolts are necessary.
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Sun May 03, 2009 5:14 pm quote
judy wrote:
Who the F cares about 's Very easy to not have something right if your in a hurry and don't proof read Sorry about the theft. Years ago i had my registration sticker stolen out of my glove box,raining so it didn't get put on right away. Almost 2 years later i get call from the police saying that they had found it. Only reason that happened is our stickers are good for 1 year so the perps got busted for expired tags What sucks is you will probably have to pay for new ones Good luck.
THANK YOU JUDY , and I have missed our banter ! I do appreciate the grammar lesson…..i just hyperventilate when I can’t get away from it………..my ex used to do that alllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the time. It’s funny, she still owes me a 100 grand , and I can assure you there are no grammatical errors in the letters I’ve been sending her for 2 years now…..

Also, I have the luxury of being single again (not really)…..thus spending time with 20 something’s….you better know your acronyms or your lost and alone , 30/40 something’s still mainly use full sentences……and the fact that I Coach youth Sports, and spend an ample amount of time around kids (both boys, and girls 8-16)……Whether we like it or not, the current generation, and allllllll future generations are going to communicate in “acronyms, a new version of shorthand, and tweets”…..cursive handwriting will be a thing of the past as the “Post Office” will soon be……”We will all write like Doctors ….what is this place coming to”………I know kids that text from the same table WTHay

Now, back to the “license tag”…….I have faith, that the perp will have bad karma coming their way soooooon …..as the individual in the first paragraph has recently been experiencing .

My motto ~ Decisions should be based on principle, and not interest only.

Live long and prosper ~

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Sun May 03, 2009 6:50 pm quote
"Eats Shoots and Leaves" is one of my favorite books, but I try to restrain myself here on the forum, though!

Actually, I have no problem with the Grammar Police; I just don't want to take the heat myself.
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Sun May 03, 2009 7:11 pm quote
Silver Streak wrote:
"Eats Shoots and Leaves" is one of my favorite books, but I try to restrain myself here on the forum, though!

Actually, I have no problem with the Grammar Police; I just don't want to take the heat myself.
That’s great ......i love it....i swear, im gonna p/u that and keep it in the Jon. I’m surprised my ex wasn’t the “primary reference” for them...... ....I’m am not kidding, her Attorney fired her and came to work for my Attorney's firm......

Seriously, thanks for the heads up

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_&_Leaves


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Sun May 03, 2009 7:13 pm quote
Re: Plate's What???
windbreaker in his role as a grammar copper wrote:
.... couldn't been helped,.....
Say what ? (shouldn't this be "couldn't have been helped" ? or "couldn't be helped ?

Sorry, I couldn't resist.



Oh, people stole plates more often here when we had photo radar. Probably helps thieves avoid photo tickets at lights, too.

cheers
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Sun May 03, 2009 7:24 pm quote
Silver Streak wrote:
"Eats Shoots and Leaves" is one of my favorite books, but I try to restrain myself here on the forum, though!

Actually, I have no problem with the Grammar Police; I just don't want to take the heat myself.
Up against the wall and spread your vowels. I need to check you for dangling participles. If you verbalize, I will bust a CAP in your adjective. I am going to put conjunctions on you and take you in. If you are lucky, the judge will diagram your sentence and overlook that you are an improper noun, as long as I don't say you tried to preposition me. It will definitely be a lower case.
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Sun May 03, 2009 8:37 pm quote
I'm not spreading my vowels for just anyone. DOG good to have ya back. Doctors have it easy you can't read their writing so who knows if they use proper grammar. I have a script so i can sleep on my long flights that reads "take one tablet 3 times a day at night for sleep Sadder yet they filled it at the pharmacy
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Sun May 03, 2009 9:26 pm quote


Time to give up scootering

The world of scooters is hard and unforgiving- much like the asphalt, and full of tough guys and tougher girls who try really hard and to make you cry. Even if they are on the other side of the internet. I'd go look in Maple Grove, for an excalibur gray GT200.

It's a tough world out there, and one day you might even drop it

Now, before you're a hideously deformed vision of what you were in your glorious youth; it's time to remove the cupholder, put the flag and lawn chair back on your bicycle, douse the cigar, sell the color matched gear, and put your plate free bike on the eBay, and never look back. To what could have been.

The smileys make this OK, right?
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Mon May 04, 2009 12:14 am quote
RITCH if i promise not to pose for any calendars will you buy me that Atlier's Ruby helmet i've wanted for so long Polka dots are in these days aren't they
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Mon May 04, 2009 5:21 am quote
ritchj wrote:


Time to give up scootering

The world of scooters is hard and unforgiving- much like the asphalt, and full of tough guys and tougher girls who try really hard and to make you cry. Even if they are on the other side of the internet. I'd go look in Maple Grove, for an excalibur gray GT200.

It's a tough world out there, and one day you might even drop it

Now, before you're a hideously deformed vision of what you were in your glorious youth; it's time to remove the cupholder, put the flag and lawn chair back on your bicycle, douse the cigar, sell the color matched gear, and put your plate free bike on the eBay, and never look back. To what could have been.

The smileys make this OK, right?
Ha, ha! Or your other option Pres, is to put on your big girl panties and go get a new license plate.
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Mon May 04, 2009 5:27 am quote
I bet it wasn't stolen... unless someone wanted to give you grief

It wasn't like it was a vanity plate - so why take it?

Probably fell off
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Mon May 04, 2009 5:40 am quote
You don't have to take the bus!

You've still got your (or is it "you still have" oops) your registration paperwork showing you're (or is it you've) paid and the police can verify if they stop you.

Just report it stolen/lost, may be able to do so by internet, or RIDE to DMV.
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Mon May 04, 2009 6:40 am quote
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Realistically what is the point of stealing a plate?

The plates are registered to the vehicle's VIN, can you just walk into your lisence office with a pair of random plates and have them re-registered without someone noticing?

Would any officer looking up the plate not notice that the plates are on, say a ninja and not a vespa?
I had plates stolen from my green Malibu in the 1980's (while it was parked for work in Norwalk, CT). After about a week they "reappeared" on the car. About 4 months later I got a $50.00 parking ticket - the car description was a Blue Pinto. Other than the PITA to go to court, no harm no foul.

I've always wondered what the knucklehead in the Blue Pinto was doing that he/she felt the need to "borrow" my plate!
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Mon May 04, 2009 7:28 am quote
Your license plate is now on the back of my scoot and I'm running red lights on those camera enforced intersections; no helmet, but a gorilla mask so you know it's me!

Muah ah ah ahhhhh!
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Mon May 04, 2009 7:35 am quote
villain666 wrote:
Your license plate is now on the back of my scoot and I'm running red lights on those camera enforced intersections; no helmet, but a gorilla mask so you know it's me!

Muah ah ah ahhhhh!
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Mon May 04, 2009 7:46 am quote
SummersLastNight wrote:
Realistically what is the point of stealing a plate?

The plates are registered to the vehicle's VIN, can you just walk into your lisence office with a pair of random plates and have them re-registered without someone noticing?

Would any officer looking up the plate not notice that the plates are on, say a ninja and not a vespa?
That's the thing... people who steal plates aren't likely to go and try to get them legally registered. They have something without plates (likely stolen), or they don't want to keep the plates on something (again, likely stolen), but they know they'll be likely to attract attention without a plate. Any plate will do, at that point. It's not extremely likely they'll keep riding a long like nothing's happening if a cop pulls up behind them, so there won't be time for anyone to run the plate through the system and figure out it's on the wrong bike.

Unfortunately what happens most of the time is that the original owner of the plate has to suck it up and register for a new one, and the thief eventually gets pulled over for doing something stupid or having expired tags (because they obviously can't get new ones), and the plate is recovered long after it would have been any use to the original owner.

A vanity plate is probably less likely to get stolen, simply because it attracts more attention than a regular one to begin with. And sometimes it's obvious what vehicle it should be on (if it hints to a color or model or something).

Bummer some asshat had to ruin your day like that. Hope the DMV doesn't give you too much trouble getting a new plate.
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Mon May 04, 2009 9:28 am quote
oldswimcoach wrote:
I had plates stolen from my green Malibu in the 1980's (while it was parked for work in Norwalk, CT). After about a week they "reappeared" on the car. About 4 months later I got a $50.00 parking ticket - the car description was a Blue Pinto. Other than the PITA to go to court, no harm no foul.

I've always wondered what the knucklehead in the Blue Pinto was doing that he/she felt the need to "borrow" my plate!
That knucklehead obviously wanted you to have some trouble with clearing that ticket. Who could have had such a motive, that's the question.

Thanks for giving me an idea how to get even with some asshat
(not meaning to imply you were one for that knucklehead)
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Mon May 04, 2009 5:13 pm quote
Here's an update.

Today I went to the county Auditor's Office by bus. I wanted to ride, but I noticed that the morning time is when a lot of cops are on the beat, and I didn't want to go through the embarrassment of being pulled over and explaining what happened while I'm all "exposed" to the world (I feel like I'm the only LT owner in Duluth already...but I could be wrong, and I do invite people to prove me wrong on this). Anyway, I paid $13.00 for a new license plate (with tags), then I walked down to Advance Auto Parts and bought a 4-pack of locking nuts. Then, from there I walked all the way back downtown, then caught a bus to take me about 3/4 of the way back home. I went back to the garage where Blue Hayate peacefully sleeps, installed the license plate, then went back home.

Can you believe all this bullshit took 4 hours?

Also, to clarify, in Greensboro (where I used to live), there used to be a rash of cases where people's license plates would be stolen. Some people don't steal them to use them. Some steal lots of license plates, then they take them to the recycler and cash them in, similar to stealing copper wire.

Because there are lots of bikers here in Duluth, it wouldn't surprise me if someone was riding off with my plate on their bike. I'll make sure to find out who the twat is, rip him/her a new ass, then bill him/her $56,718.70.

$13.00 - Cost of new license plate
$4.50 - Cost of locking nuts
$1.20 - Cost of riding the bus
$56,700.00 - Cost of 1.5 missed riding days with perfect weather.

Also, I did learn a lesson from all of this.

1. Use locking nuts and bolts.
2. NEVER park in the free zone again
3. When parking, either:
A. Use the U-Lock.
B. Always keep Blue Hayate within my supervision.

I feel so much better now!



Mon May 04, 2009 5:24 pm
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Mon May 04, 2009 5:26 pm quote
Re: Plate's What???
billg wrote:
Major Tom wrote:
MY LICENSE PLATE'S BEEN STOLEN!
Your license plate's what has been stolen? Sorry couldn't helped, no one else was coming in with the grammar police.
"plate's" isn't a contraction for "plate has"?
Whatever--billg, I like your Avatar.
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Mon May 04, 2009 8:41 pm quote
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you know Bro....some people here have gotten away with telling the Officer that "she's ony got 50cc under the hood" thereby eliminating any issue with tags ? Just a thought for that trip to the Courthouse....

How proficient are you from 50 yds for the next perp ?

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