Forklift Driver Pimps His Ride for Justin Bieber
By Amber James Posted Jun 3rd 2010 01:00PM
Justin Bieber. "I decided to get these plates on the spur of the moment, thinking that I could maybe make a little money, but I didn't expect for it to go international," Follers tells PopEater. "The lady at the motor registry was quite surprised," Follers says, claiming she then only referred to him as "Mr. Bieber" while he filled out all the paperwork. Follers, who works as a forklift driver near Sydney, Australia, finally received his coveted plate on May 28 and hasn't regretted it -- insisting he's not shy about being an avid Bieber fan.
When Follers first decided to get the plates, he bought them thinking that they may be worth money some day, considering Bieber's sudden rise to fame. Paying almost $400-440 Australian dollars ($265.44 U.S. dollars) per year for the plates, he is not embarrassed to be jamming to Bieber and Sean Kingston's 'Eenie Meenie' with his car windows rolled down.
Follers started following the 'Baby' singer on YouTube and downloaded many of his songs because he enjoyed the tunes. "I know he will only get bigger as an artist. As for [being] his number one fan, I would say that I am a avid fan and love his music," he admits.
The 34-year-old has music aspirations himself -- but doesn't want to be the next Bieber. "I'm interested in the recording and studio side of the music industry and how all aspects of the recording of a great song take place."
The Australian native admits his family and friends thought he was "mad" when he brought the customized plates, but after he received phone calls from local papers and radio stations, they quickly changed their tune.
"I only had my plates approximately two hours before I received my first phone call asking if I would be willing to do a interview, and now, wow, the response has been overwhelming," he says of the surreal experience.
While he had initially planned to sell the license plates, he's hanging onto them tightly, admitting, "If I could get them personally signed by Justin, it would be a great story later on in life ... They would look great up on the wall in a music or entertainment room."
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