The Armenian police made 230 760 000 drams ($641,000 US) by selling ‘cool’ car number-plates on an official auction that took place on December 27, 2010.
I don’t know what is the name of this illness, but I’ve tried to classify it in the past.
The thing is, if you have a mobile phone or a car, it just has to have a “cool number“, otherwise you’re not a real “APE” (bro), which is like really scarry :)))
Here are some examples to help the reader understand what makes a ‘cool’ number:
- Repeated digits – repetition is the “mother of learning”
- A lot of zero’s – and not only on the car, but also in the bank account…
- Ascending or Descending orders – easy to remember!
- 02-s: used to mean that the owner of the car has connections with the police, so police were not supposed to stop your car.
- 888 / 777 / 666 – you belong to one of the oligarch clans, I still haven’t figured out which one is which.
The demand for such numbers used to be a major issue with police corruption in the past. People used to beg and bribe the police to get a ‘cool’ number. A couple of years ago, as part of governments anti-corruption initiatives, it was announced, that the police will start auctioning such numbers. It appears, that auctions take place regularly, the next one is scheduled on January 27, 2011.
As for the December 27 auction in question, 355 numbers were sold, making for such an impressive total number. The minimum(!) amount for auctioned numbers was 120 000 drams (about $350), the most expensive number(s) were 1 200 000 drams (about $3400 US), which is as much as my old NIVA is worth, including the number-plates!