A young couple in Keelung baffled police on Monday after receiving NT$3,000 in fines and temporary suspension of their license plates by reacting with excitement because the couple thought they could increase their popularity by uploading photos and videos of the event to their Facebook page.
A 21-year-old man surnamed Yen (顏) and his girlfriend were spotted at the crossing of Siangfong and Lide roads in Keelung at about 5pm with a license plate that more resembled zebra stripes than a plate, police officer Chang Wei-yi (張瑋驛) said.
“I tried to make him pull over,” Chang said, adding that Yen tried to speed away and Chang had to call his colleague Hung Chun-hung (洪濬弘), who blocked Yen and his girlfriend off at Beining Road.
Chang said Yen told him the paint had flaked off after a scrape with another vehicle and the rest had also flaked off when he washed his scooter.
“I took a marker pen and drew stripes on the plate numbers on a whim,” Yen said, adding that it made the license plate more visible.
According to Chang, Yen said that he had run from the police because he thought it was “lame” to be caught by the police.
Chang was surprised by Yen’s girlfriend’s reaction when he told them that they would be fined NT$3,000 for damaging their license plate to the point that it was unreadable and that Yen’s license plate would be suspended.
“She wanted to take pictures of Chang taking off the license plate and post them on Facebook to increase her popularity,” Chang said, adding that it seemed to him that the couple equated being fined for an offense with doing a glorious deed.
Chang later said that he did not understand the younger generation’s thought process, adding that he told the couple not to doodle on their license plates in future.