BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. — A passionate College of Michigan graduate is booing the state — and suing — over the lack of his revered “G0BLUE” automobile license plate.
Joseph Hardig III mentioned the plate has been on household automobiles for years. However he was instructed it was assigned to a different automobile proprietor when he lately tried to resume it at a Secretary of State workplace.
“My dad’s handed away. I acquired it from him. It’s significant to me. We’re simply big followers and love the college,” Hardig instructed The Detroit Information.
Hardig, a suburban Detroit lawyer, is asking a decide to dam the state from giving the plate to an Ann Arbor man, who can also be a College of Michigan graduate and lives simply minutes from the soccer stadium.
The Secretary of State will not touch upon the lawsuit.
Hardig, 65, mentioned he visited a department workplace on Nov. 4, a month earlier than the plate renewal deadline, and was instructed “G0BLUE” was now not obtainable for his Ford Edge.
Blue is a College of Michigan coloration, and “Go Blue!” is a battle cry and customary salutation amongst Wolverine followers.
The personalised plate now has been assigned to Jonathan Nice and his 2007 BMW, although he mentioned he hadn’t obtained it within the mail by Thursday.
Nice, 52, mentioned he punched in plate choices on a state web site and located “G0BLUE” was obtainable.
“I assumed it was a mistake at first. … I’m not truly that excited concerning the plate,” Nice instructed the newspaper. “I simply needed to take it. It’s extra simply because it was obtainable.”
He mentioned he is likely to be keen to provide it up if he can discover an alternative choice.
“I perceive why he’s upset,” Nice mentioned of Hardig. “If I had a cool plate like that, I’d be upset to lose it.”