License Plate to Steal

If anyone sees the Costa Rican license plate 691256, please let me know. It’s mine.

It disappeared while I was out for a bike ride. The Lesbo Rider was parked in front of a friend’s house, in a nice neighborhood in Heredia.

But nice neighborhood doesn’t mean safe neighborhood. In fact, there are none. This particular friend hides his computer, speakers and other valuable items every time he leaves the house, because there is an entrance that is only protected by a 12-foot wall topped with razor wire, and locked windows and doors.

I was wondering aloud what a person could want with a lone license plate, and my tico friends immediately offered suggestions: a pirate taxi will use them for tooling around town; a crook to throw off the authorities; just about anybody who wants to get around the license plate restrictions for driving downtown.

The remedy is simple. I have to go to the Consejo de Seguridad Vial and make a statement. They then have to give me a paper that says that my plate wasn’t removed by the traffic police. This transaction, I estimate, will take around 4-6 hours of waiting in lines to the rhythm of thudding stamps pounding ink into triplicate papers. Then, I take my report to the National Registry. This should be another half day of waiting in line. If all goes well, I can come back in a few weeks for my new plate.

In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the LB’s old nametag.


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