Tuesday, January 29, 2013
UPDATE: Sanity has prevailed! Florida just dropped the charges, with an official saying "It was a mistake on our part." Glad to see the publicity pressured them into doing the right thing - and I guess John won't be getting a criminal record, after all. ;)
There's an article that just hit Yahoo a few hours ago about a Florida man who's been accused of fraud and had his driver's license suspended. Why? Because, over a year ago now, he took his wife's last name when they got married.
You might think this was a typical government paperwork blunder, but no; there's already been a hearing and everything:
Everyone say it with me, now: WHAT?!
Um, Florida? John did the exact same thing with me when we got married 14 years ago - right here in Florida - and other than a few raised eyebrows and one "You can't do that," we had no problems getting all of his IDs reissued with my last name. I should mention it was all John's idea, too, and I still remember the happy day during our engagement when I found the scrap of paper he'd been using to practice his new signature. It was his way of starting a new life with me. It was, as Mr. Dinh said in today's article, "an act of love." So when I read John that Yahoo article just now, I think he may have taken it just a little bit personally.
John: "Tell everyone. Get online and tell everyone. Tell the Florida DMV to COME AND GET ME."
So, yeah, I think you just ticked off my husband, Florida. Oh, and kindly send the fraud notice to John YATES, would you? 'Cuz that's his name. Don't wear it out.
Go read the article here, and many thanks to Melissa L. for the link.
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