If you have ever wanted to change your name after your favorite movie star or childhood book character you should be well aware that’s quite common nowadays. It’s easily achieved by just filing an official petition in a local court. Usually, you would be granted permission by a judge if you have a clear criminal history, no outstanding financial debts and clear argumentation why you would want your name to be changed.
Unfortunately for some petitioners, like Gary Guy Mathews, not all petitions are granted permission. Mathews’ demand was quite extraordinary so his petition was denied in the end. Gary is a follower of the “furry” movement which praises the giving of human features to animals. His petition stated that he would like his name to be changed to “Boomer The Dog”.
The 44-year-old unemployed computer technician got disappointed when the judge issued a 1.5 paged document with descriptive argumentation denying him of the name change. One of the main reasons was that such a name could potentially endanger the marketplace and state’s welfare and even cause more severe consequences. Imagine calling 911 to report an emergency and you introduce yourself as “Boomer the Dog”. Any operator would take that as a sign for a prank call.