Mark Oberholtzer, owner of Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, has suddenly found his business advertised internationally. However, it is not quite the exposure that he was hoping for. A recent picture of the Islamic extremist brigade Ansar al-Deen Front in Syria shows their fighters firing an anti-aircraft gun mounted on a truck proudly displaying his name and logo. Can anyone say “misappropriation of name or likeness”? My expectations is that a tort lawsuit is not troubling these extremists as a priority concern.
Oberholtzer has no idea how one of his trucks ended up in Syria. He traded in the Ford F-250 to an AutoNation dealership three years ago and expected them to remove his decal. He is eager for the public to know that he is not a supplier or supporter of the Ansar al-Deen Front. It makes for a tad of tension with customers in letting you into their homes.
As for AutoNation, they have refused to say anything and hung up on a reporter after saying “We can’t give information like that over the phone.”