Dealer sued over IS truck

Dealer sued over IS truck

566efb2bc46188ff5c8b4613Trading in his Ford F-250 truck has lead to death threats and abusive calls for a Texan plumber – and now he wants compensation.

Plumber Mark Oberholtzer, of Galveston Texas, trade in his 2005 F-250 to Automation Ford Gulf Freeway, a Houston dealership.

The pickup was sold at auction, exported, and ended up int he hands of Islamic State in Syria. Fitted with a large gun in the tray, photos of the vehicle have gone viral, including appearing on US television.

The problem – it was still sign written as belonging to Oberholtzer’s Mark-1 Plumbing, with his contact details on the side.

One American television host joked that that Syria “is going down the toilet, but for the first time, they know who to call to unclog it.”

Oberholtzer claims to have received over 1,000 phone calls ranging from degrading to expletive-laced death threats in the day following the television appearance, with 200 calls a day since, according to the lawsuit filed in Harris County by Oberholtzer’s attorneys.

Oberholtzer says the dealership stopped him from removing the decals, claiming that doing so would damage the paint.

The lawsuit states at no time was he told the dealer would: “leave the decals on the truck, which would be transferred in some fashion to international jihadists conducting warfare upon innocents in Syria.”

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