He tried to prank the DMV. Then his vanity license plate backfired big time.

Found on Mashable on Tuesday, 13 August 2019
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Droogie registered a vanity California license plate consisting solely of the word "NULL" — which in programming is a term for no specific value — for fun. And, he admitted to laughs, on the off chance it would confuse automatic license plate readers and the DMV's ticketing system.

It seemed that a privately operated citation processing center had a database of outstanding tickets, and, for some reason — possibly due to incomplete data on their end — many of those tickets were assigned to the license plate "NULL."

Thankfully, the DMV contacted the private citation processing company, which then erased the $12,000 in fines. However, and this part is key, they didn't actually fix the problem with their system.

How can a developer still have a job if his code cannot make a difference between NULL and the string "NULL"?