A reputation of a plumbing company has suffered a lot of damage when a pickup truck with the logo of their firm was seen in one of ISIS videos. The former owner of the truck sold it to a car dealership in 2013.
A Texas plumber has filed a lawsuit against a car dealership after spotting a pickup truck he once owned in an ISIS video last year.
Mark Oberholtzer, the owner of Texas-based company “Mark-1 Plumbing,” is suing a Ford dealership for more than $1 million over damages to his company’s reputation after his company car, which still had the company’s phone number on it, ended up in the hands of Daesh terrorists in Syria.
Oberholtzer claims that he was harassed by hundreds of phone calls once a photo of his truck went viral.
The plumber’s lawyer wrote in the lawsuit that “by the end of the day, Mark-1’s office, Mark-1’s business phone, and Mark’s personal cell had received over 1,000 phone calls from around the nation.”
Oberholtzer argues that the dealership could have easily prevented the problem by simply removing the company-painted decals before reselling the truck.
He attempted to peel off the company’s decals from the truck’s door but a salesman stopped him, telling Oberholtzer that it would damage the paint, the lawsuit claims.
Oberholtzer said the salesman assured him that they would remove the company’s name and phone number before reselling the truck.
The truck was auctioned off in November 2013 and was shipped from Houston to Mersin, Turkey, the next month; only to set off a firestorm a year later after being spotted by a Twitter user.
Oberholtzer said the photo even prompted the Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to pay him visits.
The flow of Western vehicles into the hands of terrorists in the Middle East and other parts of the world has attracted global attention.
In October, the US Treasury Department launched an investigation to find out why so may Toyota pickup trucks and convoys of Land Cruisers featured in ISIS propaganda videos.
Last year it was reported that the US State Department had been sending in fleets of specifically Toyota-brand trucks into Syria to whom they claimed was the “Free Syrian Army.”