As soon as authorities can figure out how to stop people from leaving the country to fight with Islamic extremists, perhaps they can figure out how to stop trucks people trade in at the car dealership from ending up in the hands of Syrian rebels.
Mark Oberholtzer, a Texas plumber, was plenty surprised when this tweet circulated, showing one of his trucks in the Syrian desert.
— جبهة أنصار الدين (@ansardeenfront) December 15, 2014
Now, people are calling his plumbing shop accusing him of aiding terrorists, KHOU TV says.
He traded the truck in himself in November of last year at the AutoNation Ford dealership on the Gulf Freeway in Houston.
A spokesman there told KHOU 11 News that the truck immediately went to auction, and likely traded owners over and over, before apparently winding up in the hands of Islamic terrorists a world away.
“To think something we would use to pull trailers, now is being used for terror, it’s crazy. Never in my lifetime would think something like that,” said Oberholtzer.
But the small town business is now dealing with the fallout of angry, even threatening, phone calls from all over the country.