The Popcorn Stand: Meet the Flintstone lien
Actually Fred Flintstone didn’t have the problem, he caused the problem. This was a case of Meet the Flintstone lien. A Canadian woman couldn’t sell her Chevrolet SUV because Fred and Pebbles Flintstone had placed a lien on it.
“This is just Looney Tunes,” said Randy Hillier, a member of Provincial Parliament. No, Mr. Hillier, it’s Hanna-Barbera.
Documents used to place the lien listed the Flintstones address as 9 Yellow Brick Road, Markham, Ont., and included a birthdate of Jan. 1, 1950 for Pebbles. To Hillier’s credit, he became suspicious because of the address and vehicle listed. Hillier should have also realized the date of birth listed for Pebbles was a fake birthdate as she was born much later than 1950.
“Clearly, we all knew this was an act of gross incompetence as everyone knows the Flintstones live on Rocky Road in Bedrock, U.S.A., and Fred drives a foot-mobile, not a 2006 Chevy Uplander,” Hillier said.
Hillier, though, should have also realized the date of birth listed for Pebbles was a fake birthdate as she was born much later than 1950. My guess is she was born sometime in the early 1960s. Then again, I guess she was actually born a few thousand years ago, but I digress.
The fake names of Fred and Pebbles were used to test vehicle identification numbers in the government’s computer system and they were never removed, so the lien remained on the woman’s SUV. But once the error was discovered just like that, BAM-BAM, it was rectified and the woman was able to sell her SUV. (OK, I couldn’t resist).
No word if after the woman was finally able to sell her vehicle if she bellowed out Yabba-Dabba Doo!
So as far as this story goes, I know it’s not Hanna-Barbera, but A-Bede-Bede-Bede-Be That’s All Folks!
— Charles Whisnand