Selling A Car Gone Wrong
Buying a car is not an easy task, neither is selling one. Sellers must set a sale price, create ads, screen interested buyers, set up test drives, and then eventually down the line, close the deal. However for car seller, “Marine,” she didn’t even get to that final point before it all went downhill.
Add “dealing with maniacs” to the list above because one potential buyer lost his cool when Marine refused to sell him her car. It didn’t take long before she realized he was a little crazy, little did she know just how crazy he actually was.
Not only was he plotting his revenge on her, but also her seven-year-old son. And that’s when things started to take another direction. Bad? Good? Let’s see how this plays out.
It was eight years ago when Marine decided to sell her used car online. It wasn’t in the best condition, so she made sure to include that in the description of the ad: “Engine light was on, the A/C needed recharging, and the fuel pump was out.” Also, noted was, “I work weird hours so I may not be able to accept a phone call. Please only text me.”
It wasn’t too long before she received a text from an unknown number. It read, “Hi, I’m “Josh.” Is your car still for sale?”
She replied, “Yes, it is.”
Then began the back and forth texts between the two regarding the price, the engine light, the quote (approximate price on the repairs as quoted from her trusted mechanic), and other car-related questions. He seemed like a potential buyer, but then within 24 hours, his whole attitude changed.
The next day, she received a text from him, “Are you gonna take all your junk out of the car before you sell it to me, or is that my job?”
Marine was completely caught off guard. First, what junk? She only had three textbooks and a bag of backup clothes in there. Secondly, she never said he could have the car. So why would she need to take it out?
She texted back, “I’m not selling the car to you, so don’t worry about it.”
Plain and simple, but that wasn’t the answer Josh was wanting. He tried calling her multiple times, but soon realized she wasn’t going to answer, so he began sending her rude and unnecessary text messages.
One of his texts read, “The car paint is peeling. You’re insane to ask for 1K for a piece of junk car.”
At first, she responded with explanations like, “I included the peeling in the ad” and “That price came from my mechanic.” But the texts kept coming in, so she eventually started replying with, “You’re not getting my car, so you don’t need to worry, text, or call me again.”
Maybe if she kept reiterating it, he would take the hint and stop bothering her. However, it did quite the opposite effect on him. It only made him angrier and things escalated from there.
Let’s rewind a bit when Marine first posted her car on the sales site. When she did, the site also gave her the option to link her social media to it, so she could post the ad simultaneously on both sites. At the time, she didn’t think about the fact she had zero privacy on her social media, so not only could everyone see her posts, information, and pictures, but everyone from that sales site had access to view it as well. Unforunately, she didn’t realize it, until Josh found her social media.
He knew her full name, where she lived, who her son was, and even found information regarding her mother-in-law’s obituary. He went full stalker mode and for what? Was this even about the car anymore? Or was he more upset he wasn’t getting what he wanted? Either way, it wasn’t looking good for Marine. Cue in the series of his text messages:
He texted: “You should be ashamed of yourself for saying no to me.” “Do you know who I am? I can easily take you down? I’m a built and muscular man.”
Then he had the audacity to attach a picture of himself. Newsflash, he wasn’t all that muscular. Marine ignored his texts, hoping he would eventually quit. But, the texts never ended.
He continued: “Do you even know anything about cars? I bet you were on your time of the month when you posted your car on that ad because you have no clue what you’re talking about.”
And continued: “You’re lucky you’re married, or I would come over and show how a real man handles a mouthy woman.”
Then he texted Marine her address to which he found on her social media. You would think at this point he had crossed the line, but nope, not to Marine. You see, she lived in a college apartment complex, so it would’ve been impossible for him to find her exact location, so she wasn’t too worried. She kept ignoring him, still hoping this would all fizzle out on its own, but his texts kept getting worse each time. It wasn’t until the next several texts later where she finally hit her breaking point.
Josh may have had the time to harass her, but Marine, on the other hand, had other responsibilities to handle. She was a mother, a full-time college student, and worked a part-time job as a school crossing guard.
One day after classes, she went into her local police department. And no, it wasn’t to file a police report on Josh. The police department was in charge of her crossing guard job, so every two weeks she had to come in and sign her timesheet. As she was waiting in the lobby for her boss, “Mrs. Cheryl” to call her into her office, she had the chance to turn her phone back on to which had been off since that morning. Within seconds, she was instantly spammed with texts after texts from none other than Josh.
She hadn’t yet blocked him since she was still holding onto the idea he would eventually lose interest in the whole ordeal. And yet again, she was wrong. However, this time, his texts were a little different than previously. He was no longer just berating her, but also, her seven-year-son.
One of many texts: “Your kid is just as ugly as you are. I hope you don’t plan on him leaving home to get a wife anytime soon.”
Yet the one text that stood out the most to her was a picture he took from her social media of her son at the zoo. He had some dirt on his face after a long day of playing outside, but Josh claimed she was abusing her son. This was when he crossed the line. He could make all these assumptions of her as a woman or person, but not when it came to her son.
She said aloud, “Oh heck no!”
At that exact moment, her boss came into the lobby, seeing an obvious distressed Marine.
Mrs. Cheryl asked, “What’s wrong, Marine?”
She explained, “I’m getting abusive texts from this rando (random person) that tried to buy my car. I’m just going to erase his texts and block hi-“
Cutting her off, Mrs. Cherly quickly said, “No wait! Don’t do that! Let me see your phone.”
Little did Marine know, telling her boss would be the best thing for her.
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Mrs. Cheryl was skimming through the text messages when she suddenly stopped. As the lobby was now clear, she then told Marine to follow her behind the security doors of the police department, still holding onto her phone. Marine was clueless but still followed.
They headed into her office where she immediately started typing on her computer, occasionally glancing at Marine’s phone.
She asked, “Do you only have his phone number? Or do you know his name?”
Marine replied, “Josh is his first name.”
As she continued to type on her computer, Marine kept busying by looking around. This was the first time she was in her office longer than a quick signature of her timesheet, so she never had the chance to examine around. Nothing too out of the ordinary, until she realized who Mrs.Cheryl really was. It was actually “Lieutenant” Cheryl and before she worked as an administrative assistant, she investigated child, elder, and disabled abuse complaints. No wonder, she was so concerned about the situation.
In a matter of minutes, Lieutenant Cheryl was able to find out everything there was about this Josh character. However, before she could act on anything, she had to follow protocol and wait.
She advised Marine, “Don’t worry! Just don’t delete or respond to his texts anymore. If it gets worse then call me or 911 right away.”
And for the next two weeks, Marine did exactly that. All of his text messages were muted and went unnoticed. Her car was eventually sold to another buyer. She eventually forgot about him until she returned to the police department to sign her timesheet again. Lieutenant Cheryl had something else for Marine to sign, an actionable complaint. Then it all came rushing back to her of the last time she was there. She was instantly filled with fear. What happened with Josh?
Lieutenant Cheryl said, “Don’t worry. I can tell you what’s going on more after you actually sign the form.”
And oh boy, was Marine in for a surprise.
With just his phone number, Lieutenant Cheryl was able to find exactly where Josh lived and who he was. He was a father of five and had four different baby mamas. For the last decade, he made no contributions in child support for not one of his children, which he was now in child support arrear/ debt. Lieutenant Cheryl realized one of his children’s mothers lived in a state where fleeing child support could lead to an arrest. She made contact with the interested parties in that state to see if they wanted her to issue an arrest warrant on him.
They replied, “Yes, with much haste!”
Alongside with the arrest warrant, she also made a police report for domestic violence for his actions towards Marine. And she didn’t stop there. As she went down this rabbit hole of investigation, she found out he was using his brother’s social security number on his employment forms to avoid “child support garnishments.” She notified his place of employment and Human Resources assured her he would be terminated for “fraudulently submitting false documents.” And within the span of four days, his world all came crashing down. He was soon picked up at his home with a warrant for Felony Child Abandonment. He was sentenced to jail for 8 to 12 years and still had to pay back child support.
Surprisingly, he had just bought an expensive old car which got repoed for 50k in back child support. He did all that harassing for what then? Over a used car that was only worth 1k? This whole ordeal could’ve been avoided if he just accepted the fact she wasn’t selling him the car. He thought he was getting the last laugh by harassing her, but she was the one who got the last laugh while he sit in jail. Karma is real.