An Australian couple attempting to advertise their business were surprised to learn that their ‘Grindr’ licence plates were not as harmless as they assumed.
Chris and Steve Herbing were on The Project this week to discuss the mix-up, and the tale was as amusing as you’d imagine.
Chris revealed that roughly 15 years ago, she gave her husband the bespoke number plates marked ‘Grindr’ since his engineering firm provided precise grinder services.
However, they were just recently made aware that the plates may have been sending a totally different message.
The pair was naturally taken aback when they discovered their licence plates were also the name of a homosexual dating app that debuted in 2009.
When asked about what transpired on live television, the couple stated a friend raised the possibility of an issue.
Tradie Steve Herbing received the number plate 'GRINDR' from his wife, Chris, 15 years ago, before a dating app of the same name existed. Now, the plates are up for grabs, and the duo tell us all about it. pic.twitter.com/LWRxup1IST
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‘We were driving down Hoddle Street [in Melbourne] one afternoon when a friend of mine whose a line dancer, and who’s gay and gorgeous … Stephen Patterson…[is his name] and single pulled up alongside us,’ Chris recounted, as the hosts jokingly asked if she was looking at setting her friend up.
She continued: ‘He’s beeping at the horn and carrying on. Then he starts ringing me and goes “Your number plate!”.’
After her friend explained the situation, Steve admitted his first reaction was ‘Well, we thought of it first.’
Which is understandable given that their plates were designed and affixed a year before the app was released.
While Chris stated that the spelling was the only one available at the time, they recently decided to give up the plate after relocating interstate.
Reflecting on their time owning some of the most unique personalised plates available, the pair said they were always startled by how many people would stop and snap photographs, a phenomena they hadn’t really grasped until lately.
When he was stopped at a traffic signal, Steve said he was frequently photographed by passers-by and even blown a few kisses by other males.
The Project airs on Channel Ten in Australia.