Chavrolet driven off the road
The IPKat is endebted to his friend Lawrence Ryz for a link to this delicious item on the BBC website. It recounts the sad tale of a tuk-tuk, or motorised rickshaw, that has been forced off the streets of Brighton and Hove. This tuk-tuk, nicknamed the Chavrolet, was one of 12 designer tuk-tuks launched by TucTuc Limited in July as a new taxi service. Fashion house Burburry was not amused:
"The pattern wasn't exactly the same as Burberry's, but the company felt that it was too close to its own design, and considered it an infringement of copyright"a spokeswoman said.
The Burberry check has been worn as a badge of identity British chavs - a species of humanity which typically dresses in tracksuit trousers, hooded tops and checked baseball caps, garnished with with gold jewellery and body piercings.
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