An American man is suing after his truck bearing his company logo appeared in a jihadi propaganda video.
Mark Oberholtzer, the owner of Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, claims a Ford dealer resold his truck without removing the logo and company phone number.
He was shocked to see it in stills from a video by Islamist group Ansar al-Deen Front, tweeted along with the caption: ‘Using plumbing truck against regime in #Aleppo.’
Oberholtzer has now filed a lawsuit against AutoNation Ford Gulf Freeway in Harris County Court, claiming that he had begun removing the logo – but was told by a salesman that he ‘would blemish the vehicle paint’ and that ‘the dealership had something better for removal’.
He traded the old Ford pickup in for a newer model in October 2013, according to Courthouse News Service, but it wasn’t until over a year later, on December 17 2014, that his secretary informed him of the photo.
‘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 around the nation,’ the lawsuit adds. ‘These phone calls were in large part harassing and contained countless threats of violence, property harm, injury and even death.’
And because of the huge publicity, Oberholtzer says that even now he receives threatening calls ‘whenever Isis commits an atrocity that is reported nationally’.
Oberholtzer claims he obtained a vehicle history report that shows the truck was auctioned off in Texas in November 2013, before being shipped from Houston to Turkey a month later…