Vanity Plates and Funeral Cars – A Good Idea or Bad Taste?

August 09, 2016 | | Comments 0

People who own hearses and other types of funeral cars typically have a sense of humor. Granted, that sense of humor is usually on the morbid side, but it’s a sense of humor nonetheless. Some of them like to display their funny side on their vehicles with a clever and witty vanity plate. Unfortunately, many people get offended by this.

One of the more popular stories about this happening occurred in Wisconsin in 2001. A railroad worker purchased a used hearse as his “everyday car.” As a joke, he got a vanity plate for it that read “1 ON ICE.” Funeral directors in the area were not amused at the plate and other residents expressed concern about it as well.  The incident caught the attention of local newspapers and several online outlets.

Of course, this isn’t the only case in which the owner of a funeral-related vehicle has showcased their humorous side. The driver of a Yukon in Rochester, New York has a plate that reads “MR 980.” He picks up bodies for a local funeral home in the area and chose “MR 980” for his vanity plate because 980 is the police code for a vehicle that transports dead bodies.

You’ve probably seen a few of these plates around, too. If so, don’t get offended. Just remember that it takes a special person to work in the funeral industry. And one of the best ways for them to keep their sanity is to have a sense of humor about it.   If you’ve seen a funny or strange vanity plate on a hearse or other funeral car, share your stories and photos in the comments section!



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About the Author: Kelly lives near Columbus, Ohio with her wife and two children. She enjoys urban exploration, hiking and is an avid reader.

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