New Hampshire mom wins fight to keep 'inappropriate' license plate after state governor intervenes
A New Hampshire woman will be allowed to keep her beloved vanity license plate, which she's had for the past 15 years, after the state governor intervened on her behalf.
Wendy Auger, a bartender and mother of four from Gonic, N.H., received a letter from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles informing her the plate, which reads, "PB4WEGO," or "pee before we go" — a phrase all parents are familiar with — was "being recalled."
"That's what I tell my kids when we're about to leave to go anywhere," Auger told "Inside Edition" of the inspiration behind the playful plate.
According to state officials, Auger would have to surrender her custom hardware due to a ban on plates referring to "sexual or excretory acts or functions."
The news left the mother feeling upset and confused.
"I was pissed!" she said, pun intended, of the ruling on her popular plate. "Almost every time I’m driving, I get people taking pictures of it, people laughing, waving."
Friends of Auger took to Facebook to spread awareness about the issue in a now widely shared post.
"Wendy’s license plate that shes had for 15 years is now deemed inappropriate by the state," Corey West wrote on Aug. 19. "She has to surrender it in 2 days. Please share if you agree that this is ridiculous."
The post took off, racking up over 1,600 shares and eventually grabbing the attention of multiple media outlets. Soon enough, New Hampshire state Gov. Chris Sununu caught wind of Auger's crusade and stepped in to save her potty-humored plate from the DMV's ruling.
"Upon this being brought to my attention, I reached out to the Division of Motor Vehicles and strongly urged them to allow Wendy to keep the license plate she has had for the last 15 years," Sununu said Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe. "I recently left a message on her phone to share the good news that her plate will not be recalled."
After the ordeal went viral, Auger took to her blog to share her thoughts on the matter, writing that, although "in the grand scheme of things, a license plate is not a big deal," her fight "wasn’t just about a license plate" — it was about her rights.
"It was about the government coming to me and taking something that was mine, that I paid for legally, and snatching it away from me. For no reason," she wrote. "They passed some law and somehow I fit into that category and now something that I own, that has been the cause of so many innocent laughs and genuine smiles, is being deemed offensive or vulgar and now I can’t have it."
"I wasn’t going to let that happen," she continued. "And even if the governor didn’t step in, I hope that I would have had the same outcome."
"Live pee or die," Auger ended her post, in an utterly relevant play on her state's motto.
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