This snafu was the height of stupidity.
Thousands of people in Colorado were transformed overnight into giants — on their drivers’ licenses at least – when a company failed to convert people’s height from inches
The error by Marquis ID System, the company tasked with producing the identifications, affected about 12,000 drivers.
“They had asked us to file height in inches and that was what was done. But they failed to do the conversion,” Colorado Department of Revenue spokeswoman Lynn Granger told the Denver Post.
That means someone who is 71 inches tall, or 5’11, was improperly listed as 7’1 – or a half-foot shorter than Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan, the tallest NBA basketball players ever.
Granger said the licenses are still valid, despite the error, and will be replaced at no cost.
The mistake affected cards that were renewed online between Feb. 20 and March 6.