Portland VW owner shamed via note from fellow Portlander – KATU
PORTLAND, Ore. — You can imagine how upset Volkswagen owners have been recently after learning their diesels are pumping out pollution at troubling levels, but now a Portland man is feeling piled on by a fellow Portlander.
“Hello, VW TDI owner. While cute, your TDI is outfitted with a cheating device meant to elude emission standards,” said Rick Gencarelli, reading a real note he found on the windshield of his Volkswagen TDI over the weekend.
“Your car is currently polluting at rates higher than nearly any modern gasoline car today,” he continued.
The note’s shaming text was unforgiving.
“Not to mention VW lied to you and the public, and was founded by Nazis (sad face). “Perhaps it’s time to consider a different car. (Signed) A sympathetic and concerned citizen of Portland.”
On the bottom, a seeping VW emblem that resembles dripping oil, or perhaps tears?
“It’s ridiculous. And very funny, and very Portland,” said Gencarelli.
The Gencarellies bought the diesel with the environment in mind. He had just driven his Honda into the ground. You can imagine the disappointment when Volkswagen reps admitted to tricking emissions testing technology.
“It’s not like I don’t feel bad enough, you know. That now I have to feel really bad,” said Gencarelli, a local chef. He shared the terse words on the social media page of his restaurant, Lardo.
He has been bombarded with comments and said, referring to the letter, “None in support of this person.”
But he has an idea of how the author can support him.
“I wonder if this person would be willing to buy me a new car? I wonder how much the sympathy and concern goes?” he said with a laugh.
Gencarelli says the author took a great deal of time to create it, so he expects to see the message on other cars around Portland.