A Texas plumber was shocked to learn that a truck he’d sold three years ago was seen in propaganda photo of Islamist fighters firing an anti-aircraft gun in Syria.
Mark Oberhertzer of Texas City, Texas, said he began getting “hundreds of phone calls and faxes” after the Islamist group the Ansar al-Deen Front tweeted a propaganda photo that had his old Ford F-250 on display with the logo and phone number for his business, Mark-1 Plumbing, included.
Oberhertzer reportedly sold the work truck to a dealer, which he had done other times before. Prior to selling this particular truck, Oberhertzer had always removed the decal himself before handing it over to a new owner. This time he didn’t, but he was under the impression that the AutoNation dealer he sold it to would take care of it.
“They were supposed to have done it and it looks like they didn’t do it,” Oberhertzer told the Galveston Daily News. “How it ended up in Syria, I’ll never know.”
Oberhertzer, who has owned Mark-1 Plumbing for 32 years, said the messages he’s received since the photo was posted include threats to his life. “A few of the people have been really ugly,” he said.
“We have a secretary here, she's scared to death. We all have families. We don't want no problems.”
An AutoNation spokesperson said that the truck went to auction after Oberhertzer sold it to them, and was most likely sold a number of times before it ended up in Syria.
Oberhertzer is hiring a lawyer to try and get the photo removed from Twitter, and says that he just wants people to know that he had nothing to do with the truck ending up on the front lines in Syria.
“I just want it to go away, to tell you the truth.”