AUSTIN, TX – A 56-year-old man sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday because the agency wouldn’t allow him to take a driver’s license photo while eating a Buckin’ Burger purchased at a nearby breastaurant.
Nathan Boxcutter, who regularly frequents Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill for lunch, refused to pose for his driver license pic sans his favorite sandwich. During a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse in Austin, he told reporters that being ordered by officials to drop what they described as “just another fast food burger” was both insulting and degrading.
“I left the DMV feeling humiliated,” Boxcutter said. “I want to be myself and have a driver’s license photo that accurately reflects my buckin’ personality. My inner me.”
After passing his driving test in March, Boxcutter went to get his license at a DMV office in Austin. That day, as is the case every day, Boxcutter brought along a delicious, toothsome, beautiful meal-within-a-meal, that he likes to call his Buckin’ buddy.
But the agency wouldn’t let Boxcutter pose for a photo with his man-meat because of a policy that bans license pictures featuring someone who is willfully chewing during their photo snap. After several attempts, Boxcutter says the sumptuous addition was removed to the satisfaction of DMV employees, and a license photo was ultimately taken.
Boxcutter’s mother filed the lawsuit in federal court on her son’s behalf.
“(It was) very confusing, heart-breaking and heart-wrenching to see my son degraded like that and attempts at humiliating him for consuming his favorite flame-broiled burg. It’s not like he was gnawing on a Pop Tart, or (gag) something from Chipotle,” Betty Boxcutter told FOX News affiliate KFOXXX.
In June, a New York group known as the Mighty Fine Burger Defense and Education Fund wrote to DMV officials, asking that Boxcutter be allowed to have a new photo taken that’s more reflective of his daily lunchtime nutritional obsession. The agency refused, citing DMV policy saying that “at no time will an applicant be photographed while purposely ‘chowing-down’ on a freshly made sandwich, no matter how incredibly delectable it is. Imagine the trend that might start? People might begin to smile while having their driver’s license photo taken. The DMV might become a happier, more enjoyable place. It would bred anarchy. There would be pandemonium. We can’t have that. These photos must reflect the DMVs main objective — which is to discourage anyone from developing any positive self-esteem or psychological well-being when displaying their license in public.”