Who knew that something as simple as upgrading a truck could cause so many issues. Something that should of been a straightforward transaction, has now resulted in a Ford dealership being sued for $1 million.
Mark Oberholtzer is suing the dealership for financial losses and damages to his company’s reputation. This was following a van he had previously owned, ending up in the hands of Islamic militants who were fighting in the civil war in Syria.
An image of the van, which still contained the Mark-1 company decals, went viral online. Consequently, this led to Mark receiving thousands of harassing calls.
“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 the large part harassing and contained countless threats of violence, property harm, injury and even death.”
According to the lawsuit, the threats became so bad that Mark had to temporarily shut down his business and leave town. He even had visits from the FBI and Homeland Security too!
Mark stated though, that none of this would have happened if the dealership had simply removed the company stickers before reselling the truck.
How the truck ended up in the hands of the Islamic militants though is a mystery. Three years ago in October, Mark took the truck to the dealership. When he began to peel off the decals at the dealership, a salesman stopped him. Apparently, this was because taking the decals off would damage the paint. Instead, Mark was told that they would remove the decals before the van was sold on.
However, that clearly did not happen.
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