This mom fought to keep her funny bathroom-inspired vanity license plate — and won

For 15 years, Wendy Auger has traveled the Granite State, offering a tidbit of advice to all who spot her license plate: PB4WEGO.

Get it? “Pee before we go.” It’s the timeless motto of road-tripping families everywhere.

But after Auger bought a new car, the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles decided to spoil the fun — and then the governor stepped in.

That’s right. The conflict over this silly license plate trickled all the way up to the capitol dome.

But let’s back up a little.

Auger ordered the PB4WEGO vanity plate for her family minivan 15 years ago. She told the Fosters Daily Democrat that she’d never received any complaints from fellow citizens and that she transferred the same plate to her new car in 2018 — with the encouragement of local DMV employees.

Here’s a pic of the plate captured in the wild four years ago:

“Anybody who has seen it or comes across it — everybody smiles, gives a thumbs-up, honks, takes pictures,” she told the Boston Globe. “There’s not anyone I can speak of who has ever been offended.”

Trouble started when Auger received a letter from the state DMV asking her to return the plate. Apparently, the reference to “excretory acts” made it “offensive to good taste” under laws passed since she originally snagged the tag.

Despite the DMV’s offer of a new plate for free, Auger was peeved. She planned to appeal the decision. Her story went viral and, on Aug. 28, Governor Chris Sununu shared that he had “strongly urged” the DMV to allow Auger to keep the plate, potty humor and all.

It turns out that Sununu ran into a mutual friend of his and Auger’s at a local general store. The pal told the governor about the brouhaha and Sununu contacted the DMV shortly thereafter. (This is all so adorably New England.)

We’re so pleased Auger gets to keep her plates. After all, we could all use the helpful reminder.


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Kathleen St. John
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