Plenty of people use Twitter, including celebrities, politicians, everyday folks ... and Islamic extremists. A plumber in Texas found out about that last group when he started receiving a barrage of angry phone calls at his business. This is a case of bad luck and social media gone wrong.
In November of last year, Mark-1 Plumbing owner Mike Oberholtzer traded in his truck at an AutoNation Ford dealership in Houston. He probably didn't think much of it at the time and didn't even remove his company's decals from the side of the vehicle. I bet he thought he'd never see the truck again - but he was wrong.
The old truck jumped back into Oberholtzer's life when he started receiving angry and threatening phone calls at his business. That's because a photo of his truck - complete with Mark-1 Plumbing decal - was posted on Twitter by an Islamic militant group in Syria complete with an anti-aircraft gun in the back.
No one is quite sure how the truck made its way to Syria and fell into the hands of the militants, but Oberholtzer wants everyone to know he had nothing to do with it. I really feel for this guy and his employees. All he did was sell his truck and now he's got to fear for the safety of his family and employees.
"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.
The dealership he sold the truck to says it sold the vehicle at auction, and it was probably sold several times after that before it ended up in Syria.
This story is a cautionary tale about the power of the Internet and viral sensations. Remember, you can't take everything you see on the Internet at face value. I hope everyone takes that lesson to heart, so innocent people aren't harassed and threatened like this in the future.