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Summary: A Texas man traded in his company truck to a Ford dealership only to receive threats a year later after an image of the truck filled with militants, still sporting the company name on the side went viral.

Ever wondered what happens to your car after trading it into a dealership for something better? Texas City, Texas resident Mark Oberholtzer learned the hard way when he traded his company truck, a Ford F-250, to AutoNation Ford Gulf Freeway and left with a newer F-250. He truck ended up in Syria with Islamic militants with his company decals still on the side.


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When the image of his old truck went viral, Oberholtzer was bombarded with harassing phone calls to his business phone and personal cell phone. He has now sued the Ford dealership for over $1 million in financial loses and damages to his plumbing company’s reputation. His lawyer noted, “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. These phone calls were in large part harassing and contained countless threats of violence, property harm, injury, and even death.” He was forced to shut down his company for a time until things cooled down and deal with Homeland Security and FBI visits.

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After trading in his old truck, Oberholtzer started to remove his company decals but was stopped by a salesman who said they would remove the decals in order to make sure no paint was harmed during the removal. The truck was auctioned off a month later and shipped to Turkey. A year later an image taken by Caleb Weiss, a Long War Journal contributor, was tweeted with militants firing from the back of the truck and his company name still on the front door.

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The U.S. Treasury Department has noticed a trend of Western vehicles ending up in the Middle East, especially in the hands of militants. Popular choices by militant fighters are Toyota trucks, resulting in the Treasury asking Toyota how this happens but no one really knows or is willing to explain.




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