As the leader of Apple for more than three decades, Steve Jobs revolutionalised the world of technology. A visionary with an intense amount of devotion, he focused on simplifying complex technologies and made sure that computers and mobiles are not just for the geeks.
He asked entrepreneurs to approach things and products in an innovative way and focus on giving experiences to users. “Think differently” was his mantra – inspiring a generation of entrepreneurs.
But did you know Jobs was pretty notorious as well?
Yes, the legend was known for often parking his car in the handicapped slot at the Apple headquarters and also drove his Merc in California with a blank license plate.
So, did the billionaire pay charges every time he was caught? Or was he simply above the law?
None of that.
According to a story published in ITWeb, former Senior Security Official at Apple, Jon Callas, once revealed that Jobs had actually found a loophole in the law.
“Steve (or someone close to him) spotted a loophole in the California vehicle laws. Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix the issued number plate to the vehicle.
So Jobs made an arrangement with the leasing company; he would always change cars during the sixth month of the lease, exchanging one silver Mercedes SL55 AMG for another identical one. At no time would he ever be in a car as old as six months; and thus there was no legal requirement to have the number plates fitted.“
An Economic Times piece adds that Jobs claimed his number plates got stolen every time he replaced them.
All that for a number! Why?
Walter Isaacson, the writer of Apple’s co-founder’s biography, claimed that Jobs put this amount of effort to avoid being spotted in public and also not to be tracked and followed. Apparently, he also had a small bar code on his number plate was nothing but the vehicle’s VIN number.
As for the leasing company, they were pretty happy to have an endless supply of luxury cars with Steve Jobs being the previous driver. A win-win situation for everyone involved.
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