Melville man’s name rejected for licence plate: ‘It reads assman instead of ossman’

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Published Monday, February 11, 2019 3:44PM CST

Last Updated Monday, February 11, 2019 3:51PM CST

David Assman  of Melville wanted to put his last name on a personalized plate.

“It reads assman instead of ossman,” Assman said.

But because his last name is spelled “Ass-man” so it was rejected by SGI.

“I think it’s foolish that they would consider that it being profanity because there are lots of names out there that they deem unworthy,” Assman said.

SGI says it prohibits over 3,500 slogans and names for personalized licence plates and tends to err on the side of caution.

“Out of context it might not be apparent that that’s somebody’s last name and people might not understand that that’s what it is,” said Tyler McMurchy, manager of media relations for SGI.

Assman is a third cousin of the late Regina gas jockey Dick Assman, who rose to fame after appearing on David Letterman’s late-night show in 1995.

Assman is undecided whether he’ll appeal the decision in front of the SGI Review Board.

With files from CTV Yorkton and The Canadian Press

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