A 75-year-old motorist from Perth, Ontario, had trouble selling her Chevrolet Uplander last year when she found out Fred Flintstone and his daughter Pebbles had apparently taken liens on it, reports CTV News.
The liens were reportedly filed last August, meaning the court action is far from pre-historic—while it was at first unclear who actually filed the lien, or why it was filed, the problem has since been blamed on Service Ontario technicians using real vehicle identification numbers and phony names during a computer system test.
Maureen, the owner of the van, learned of her cartoon-ish legal dispute when she tried to sell her vehicle to a car dealership, but was blocked from doing so due to the lien.
In a conundrum of Mesozoic proportions, the sale of her vehicle could not be completed until either the fictional cartoon characters withdrew their liens, or the government intervened.
Since the former solution could have taken an ice age, Maureen turned to the latter solution, enlisting the help of her local MPP, Randy Hillier.
“The answer that we got back from everybody was that Maureen had to go to court, had to engage the services of a lawyer, to fix up what is so obviously, and so clearly, a total muck-up,” said Hillier in an interview with CTV Toronto.
“This is just Looney Tunes,” concluded Hillier.
While searching to find out how the lien was filed, it was discovered Fred and Pebbles Flintstone are evidently Canadian, with their address listed as 9 Yellow Brick Road, Markham, Ontario. The registering agent was marked down as “PPSR Test Data1,” which is what led investigators to suspect the issue could’ve arisen secondary to a Service Ontario system test.
Unfortunately, Maureen may not be alone in her legal battle with Saturday morning cartoon characters—court registry documents show the Flintstone family may have filed liens against other vehicles owned by Ontario motorists.
Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Tracy MacCharles, says the problem has been traced to human error and, though it took a total nine months, the liens have been discharged. Maureen was also able to eventually sell her Uplander.
(CTV News with photo via Hanna-Barbera | ABC)