One Texas man says his life has been turned upside down after his old plumbing truck showed up in the hands of Islamist fighters in Syria.
According to the Daily Mail, Texas plumber Mark Oberholtzer didn’t think twice about leaving his Mark-1 Plumbing stickers on the side of his truck when he decided to trade it in for a new vehicle in 2013. Everything changed when he spotted his old vehicle being used by jihadis in a photo posted by the extremist group Ansar al-Deen Front on Twitter.
Oberholtzer is suing AutoNation Ford Gulf Freeway in Houston, the car dealer where he traded in his vehicle, for over a million dollars in punitive damages. According to the lawsuit, Oberholtzer had attempted to peel off the stickers before handing over his keys, but the salesmen stopped him by saying he “would blemish the vehicle paint” and “the dealership had something better for removal.”
After the image of his truck being used to haul an anti-aircraft gun spread across the internet, Oberholtzer began receiving angry calls from individuals threatening his life for supporting the terrorists’ efforts.
“By the end of the day, Mark-1’s office, Mark-1’s business phone, and Mark’s personal cellphone had received over 1,000 phone calls from the around the nation,” the suit states. “These phone calls were in large part harassing and contained countless threats of violence, property harm, injury and even death.”