North Carolina DMV in denial over "The BFD"

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In case you haven't heard, the state of North Carolina needs money. Roads are falling apart, parks are left unkempt, prisoners are being released, and public school cafeterias can no longer afford to put anything surprising in their Chef's Surprise.

In order to help assuage the crisis, and in my most altruistic act since filling a rental car with Premium*, I gave the NC Division of Motor Vehicles an extra $30 to get myself a personalized plate (shown here from the actual DMV website):

The way I had it figured, what better way could there be to promote this blog and spread the word about all that is wrong in forecasting. The DMV website took my application, my credit card was charged, and all I had to do was wait for the friendly gentlemen in the NC state prison system to stamp out my plate and put it in the mail.

Apparently I figured wrong. Either they have released all the prisoners who know how to run the license plate machines, or the folks at the DMV are spending way too much time reading urbandictionary.com. Instead of getting my new plate, I received this:

DEAR MR. GILLILAND:
PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATE THE BFD WAS ORDERED FOR YOU IN ERROR. THIS PLATE MAY BE CONSIDERED IN POOR TASTE AND THEREFORE CANNOT BE ISSUED.

WTF? (Which, by the way, was issued on 9,999 license plates across the state in 2008.) I don't know what they could have possibly found in poor taste about THE BFD. I immediately appealed, even providing a link to this blog, The Business Forecasting Deal, to show them what an important public service is being provided.

Anyway, if you'd like to help the just cause of THE BFD, please write in support of my appeal to:

Kay Hatcher
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles - Special License Unit
3155 Mail Service Center Division
Raleigh, NC 27966-3155

or email to: khatcher@ncdot.gov

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Mike Gilliland

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Michael Gilliland is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (the book), and editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions. He is a longtime business forecasting practitioner, and currently Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting software. Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the International Institute of Forecasters, and received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement in Business Forecast award from the Institute of Business Forecasting. He initiated The Business Forecasting Deal (the blog) to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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