Late last year, Mark-1 Plumbing– a company located in the heart of Texas– traded in their Ford F-250 at a local dealership. Now, that very same truck has found its way to the front lines of the Syrian Civil War and has been seen in a number of Twitter posts coming from extremist Islam groups.
How can they be sure that it’s the same exact truck? Well, on the side of the vehicle, the company’s logo and telephone number are still visible!
This unfortunately has caused a lot of problems for the Texas-based plumbing company. Since the Twitter pictures were released, an onslaught of threatening phone calls has hit, striking fear in the heart of company employees and forcing them to take the phone off of the hook.
“We have a secretary here. She’s scared to death,” said Jeff Oberholtzer, son of Mark-1’s owner. “We all have families. We don’t want no problems.”
After doing some research, USA Today reports that after the truck was sold back to the local dealership, it was immediately put up for auction. After being traded a few times, the F-250 eventually fell into the hands of a Chechen group named Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar– a group that primarily consists of Chechen and Russian fighters but also has recruits from Europe and the USA.
All of this is a complete mind-f*** for Mark-1, a good ole, hard working American company. “”To think something we would use to pull trailers now is being used for terror, it’s crazy,” said Oberholtzer. “Never in my lifetime would I think something like that.
— Caleb Weiss (@Weissenberg7) December 15, 2014