I’d like to register my stolen car, please

On NPR's All Things Considered Robert Siegel reported on the curious status of legally stolen cars in Gaza.

Gaza license plates can be red for official, green for taxis, and white for private vehicles. The lower the number on the red plates, the higher the position of the official. The number 30 designates a truck. All this is pretty conventional stuff for licence plates. But then...

"And then the cars which are written in Arabic the letters M and F, those are the stolen cars. And then there is these plates with MHF, it is a stolen car, but working for the authorities. It is a stolen government car. There is also another kind, but it is the same plate, just the numbers are different. If the number starts with 25, then it is a stolen car, but it is allowed to work as a taxi."

[Raymond is currently on vacation; this message was pre-recorded.]

Comments (7)
  1. - says:

    Given that trafficking in cars stolen from Israel is one of the largest industries in PA, no one should be surprised.

  2. Dan McCarty says:

    Do you mean somehow that cars from Israel are ending up in Bethlehem and Nazareth, Pennsylvania?

  3. Don’t let the folks in California know, or they’ll approve registration and insurance for stolen cars, as well as allowing the taxation of proceeds from stolen cars.

  4. Boo Hoo says:

    Hold on, people might notice that California has taxed and spent its way to the eight largest economy in the world. Then the libertooneans will really have to STFU.

  5. Norman Diamond says:

    Lots of countries legalize the use of stolen property, they just don’t display licence plates on the things. Most common is land stolen from previous owners, but other common cases include stolen cash, stolen intellectual property, stolen humans, etc.

  6. Not Amused says:

    "libertooneans"! Is there some sort of "Big Black Book of Namecalling" that you lefties get this stuff from?

  7. alex@zoosmart.us says:

    "libertooneans"! Is there some sort

    > of "Big Black Book of Namecalling"

    > that you lefties get this stuff from?

    you’re supposed to just say "re-pugs" or "cletus"

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