HOUSTON (CN) - A Texas Ford dealer resold a plumber's work truck without removing company decals, which ruined his life when a photo of jihadis shooting an anti-aircraft gun from the truck went viral, the plumber claims in court.
Mark Oberholtzer owns Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, an hour southeast of Houston.
He traded in his Ford pickup to AutoNation Ford Gulf Freeway in October 2013 for a newer model, and as he waited for the deal to close he started peeling the "Mark-1 Plumbing" stickers off the truck, he says in a Wednesday lawsuit in Harris County Court.
A salesman told him to stop, because it "would blemish the vehicle paint" and "the dealership had something better for removal," Oberholtzer says in the complaint.
He says his secretary dropped a bombshell on Dec. 17, 2014 when she called as he drove to Corpus Christi.
Two days earlier, a member of Ansar al-Deen, a jihadi group, had tweeted a "propaganda photograph" with a message stating: "using plumbing truck against regime in #Aleppo," according to the complaint, which includes the photo.