Mark Oberholtzer, the owner of Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, Texas, was undoubtedly surprised when he saw his old truck, emblazoned with his company’s contact information, being used by ISIS. Footage of Oberholtzer’s old truck was broadcast worldwide and made it onto the final "Colbert Report" show in December 2014, which had an audience of 2.5 million viewers, reports Houston Chronicle.
Now, Oberholtzer is suing the company that disposed of his truck, AutoNation Ford Gulf Freeway in Houston, after he was allegedly harassed and received death threats, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The Daily News reported that Oberholtzer claims AutoNation said it would remove the decals and identifying information from his truck when he sold it to the company in 2011.
Oberholtzer’s phone and business received more than 1,000 calls the day footage of his truck aired. Oberholtzer now carries a gun to protect himself.
The lawsuit read:
"These phone calls were in large part harassing and contained countless threats of violence, property harm, injury and even death. These phone calls included, but were not limited to, individuals who were: (a) irate and yelling expletives at whomever answered the phone; (b) degrading to whomever answered the phone regarding their stupidity; (c) singing in Arabic for the duration of the phone call or voice message recording; (d) making threats of injury or death against Mark-1's employees, family, children, and grandchildren in violent, lurid and grossly specific terms; and, (e) directing expletive-laced death threats to whomever answered the phone.”
Oberholtzer is now seeking more than $1 million in damages. In an interview last year with The Daily News, Oberholtzer said he wasn’t sure how his truck wound up in Syria or why the company didn’t remove his decal. “I just want it to go away, to tell you the truth,” he said.