Ever since Donald Trump first announced his candidacy, and yard signs for his primary run began to be placed in supporter’s yards, there have been numerous cases of vandalism/theft of those signs.
In addition to signs being stolen, reports have also surfaced of people’s cars being vandalized for having Trump bumper stickers supporting the Republican presidential candidate. In fact, one voter even set booby traps around his Trump signs because they were constantly being stolen.
The latest theft comes from an employee of WOW Pool & Lawn, a company that offers home care services in Naples, Florida, who apparently on Saturday morning used the company truck to steal a sign from a customer’s lawn.
Not only did the employee steal the Trump sign, but it is also reported that he urinated on the customer’s mailbox, as the local news station NBC-2 states:
Video out of Collier County showing a man stealing a Donald Trump yard sign and then urinating on the homeowner’s mailbox has cost the perpetrator his job. The business the man worked for is apologizing because its work truck was used in the crime.
The truck in the video is owned by WOW Lawn and Pool Service in Naples.
We spoke with the business owner, who says they’ve since fired that employee who used the truck without permission.
The website for WOW Pool & Lawn has a red pop-up now that issues the following statement, and apology, for their employee being caught steeling a Trump sign from a customer’s lawn:
WE APOLOGIZE WOW Pool & Lawn Service, Inc. has been indirectly implicated in inappropriate behavior. As you may already be aware of, one of our employees took one of our company trucks and committed inappropriate acts to private property on a late night run as well as stealing a yard sign.
Please know that WOW Pool and Lawn Service, Inc. was not aware of the actions taken place at the time and in no way do we condone the actions portrayed in the videos. This was solely an immature and irresponsible act from one of our employees and his friend who was making unauthorized use of the company vehicle. Our company has taken extreme measures by immediately terminating his employment as well as personally apologizing to the person directly victimized.
We would also like to apologize to the community. This act has caused many negative comments, threatening emails and phone calls to our company. This behavior is portraying us as something we are not. We are a Christian Family based company that would never jeopardize our standing by allowing these type of actions to take place. The images of the videos do not reflect our company’s views nor morals. We do not instigate, support nor accept inappropriate behavior on behalf of our employees but should not be held accountable for their actions out of company time, which is out of our control.
We deeply regret this situation and the negative impact it has had on our company and the community and kindly ask that WOW Pool & Lawn Service, Inc. not be condemned by these actions but rather consider our long history of professionalism.
The company should be commended for their quick response to this incident, promptly terminating the employee who committed the act and posting a large notice on their website addressing the situation.
Luckily the person whose Trump sign was stolen had a camera to record the action and the perpetrator faced the consequences, but many Trump supporters are not as lucky.
Although many people are voicing their opinions in the form of negative reviews for the company, who is now trending at 1.4 stars on Google.
Here is a zoomed in and slightly sharpened view picture of two other occupants of the truck. News reports say that it was the employee who took the sign, but picked up two of his friends in the company’s truck to drive him around.
Others have claimed that the person driving the truck is in fact the owner of the company. Although NBC-2 states that they were sent a statement by the owner, who they refer to as “she”, apologizing for what happened. Perhaps the owner’s wife?
We spoke with the man who said he was the one driving the truck in the video. He claims it was all part of a prank. But not everyone is laughing.
“‘Just a prank,’ nice way to cover it up I guess. No, I don’t believe it was just a prank. It’s obviously stealing,” said Steven Lynd of Naples.
The owner of WOW Pool & Lawn sent us a statement saying she apologized for what happened. She added they didn’t know the employee had the truck and that they have personally apologized to the person who owned the sign.
In any case, the Trump sign thief was caught, their business blasted all over social media and they will likely have to relocate after all the negative reviews they’ve received. Or at very least, change their business’s name.
Donald Trump wins, even when he’s not playing the game.