Texas Plumber Gets Angry Calls When Terrorists Mount His Old Pickup With Guns in Syria


– 17 December 2014 –


Janus-smallThe picture’s inscription translates roughly into English as, “We at Mark-1 Plumbing declare holy war on our infidel rivals, and we slash all of our prices with a Jihadi scimitar!”

Or so it would seem:

A Texas plumber has been receiving threats after a photo emerged of Islamic extremists in Syria firing a high-powered gun from the bed of his old pickup, which still bears his company’s logo on the door.

An extremist group, Ansar al-Deen Front, posted the photo of its fighters aboard the Ford F-250 sometime on Monday. That prompted a flood of calls to Mark Oberholtzer, who owns Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, and has nothing to do with Syria’s bloody civil war.

“How it ended up in Syria, I’ll never know,” Oberholtzer told The Galveston Daily News.

Oberholtzer told the paper that he traded in the truck three years ago. The Houston dealership he turned it over to, AutoNation, told KHOU.com that the truck was auctioned and was likely traded from owner to owner over the course of three years.

With the company’s phone number clearly in the picture, the company’s owner has been deluged with angry phone calls.

Oberholtzer has owned the plumbing business for 32 years and said he has received “a thousand” calls and faxes about the photo.

“A few of the people are really ugly,” he told the paper. “I just want it to go away, to tell you the truth.”

His son told KHOU.com that the family is hard working and has no ties to terror.

“We have nothing to do with terror at all,” Jeff Oberholtzer said.

It’s pretty sad when a man has to plead with the public that he’s not a terrorist just because he didn’t remove the decals from his truck. (The buyer was supposed to do that, Oberholtzer said.)

And pretty funny, too. I can just imagine the look of bewilderment on the owner’s face when he received the first call.  And then the second, and so on.

Hopefully the company will weather this little storm without too much difficulty.

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  1. That’s hilarious!
    Note to self, always from deals from trade-ins, you never know when islamic terrorists might be shopping for a used vehicle.

    I would love to know the chain of ownership that ended with that truck in Syria.



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