Lorne Grabher now has to go change his license plate which reads ‘GRABHER’ after his last name, which he has had for decades, because it was refused for renewal. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation deemed that the license plate, which is his last name, could be seen as a symbol of ‘violence against women.’
Mr. Grabher bought the plate for his father’s 65th birthday and started using the plate himself after his father died. The family name is Germanic in origin. He has never once had anyone come up to him and let them know that they were offended. He has had comments on his last name, which were always followed by a good humored light chuckle.
Liberals are saying that ‘grab her’ is a throwback to President Donald Trump’s “obscene” language during the 2016 electoral race. Women’s rights advocates were outraged and President Trump has long since apologized, but liberals keep on chugging… and have no forced a man to be inconvenienced and feel shame for his own last name. This is doubly ridiculous because Mr. Grabher is Canadian.
Mr Grabher said the name is of Germanic origin, and that he bought the plate for his father’s 65th birthday. He started using the plate after his father died. “I’ve never once had anybody come up to me and say they were offended,” Mr Grabher told CBC News.
“They would look at it and say, ‘Am I reading this right?’ And I would go, ‘Yes.’
“And they would go, ‘Is this your last name?’ And I would go, ‘Yes.’ And they would always just give a little chuckle.”
Mr Grabher said he thinks he’s being punished for Donald Trump’s obscene language. During the American election, a video surfaced of Mr Trump saying the words “grab them by the pussy”. The video sparked outrage among women’s rights advocates, and Mr Trump has since apologised. Nova Scotia’s licence plate regulations allow the province to refuse names deemed to be offensive or in poor taste.
The province currently bans about 3,100 names.