Actually Ken, had I been offended by this poser, then I would not have gone to the trouble of depersonalizing the image by removing the numbers from the license plate. So the answer to your question is - "no offense was taken".
However, when people see a thing that is amusing to them - such being the case here - many will take a picture of that thing and post it on the Web so that the merriment can be shared with like-minded individuals. You may find this shocking but that premise is what a significant portion of the Internet is built on (the largest sub section of that portion being pictures of cats).
Lastly, if you find my post and similar ones to be questionable or mean-spirited, then I'd remind you that you're currently browsing an entire tree of this forum that is called "Mercedes Benz Posers" and is, in fact, dedicated to that subject.
Actually, my question was a serious one, but I intended it to be amusing, although I don't feel bad that it seemed to annoy you.
When I look at the photo, I see nothing out of place. Perhaps someone who is more into badging could explain what doesn't belong and why. If you did not live in California, I am sure you would have found the license plate part of my post amusing also.
The fact the forum has this particular sub forum is something I did not realize until you pointed it out and quite frankly find it inappropriate.
It seems to serve no purpose other than a venue to mock people who have different values or norms.
I assure you, I do not browse this subforum
. However, every time one of these (in my opinion silly and mean spirited threads) is started or posted to, it is one of the first things that I have to see when I visit.
One of the other forums that I frequent routinely is obviously based on the same software. It has the enabled the ability for a user to choose to ignore (as in not have to see) any thread, subforum, or for that matter other user. If that was incorporated here, I would gladly set this subforum to ignore and you could set me to ignore and not even see my posts.
I could just chose to ignore these types of threads now, although I am forced to see them, and I have been doing that lately. However I saw this one and could see absolutely nothing wrong. I guess that is because I am so incredibly ignorant about the fine points of badging. (I think I'm proud of that)
This may be because I come here to discuss and read interesting, educational and helpful things about how to get the most enjoyment out of my SLK and don't really care what badges it or any other car has.