Columbus man wants apology after mechanic painted a hate message on his car
A north Columbus man is shocked and furious after he said a mechanic vandalized his car with a hateful message. If you look underneath Nick Wulf’s SUV, you can see yellow paint with the word, “gays.” After getting the run around from the company he’s sharing his story to warn others.
“I just couldn’t believe that I took my car for an oil change especially at a place like Take 5 that they would actually write that on my car because it’s a well-known company. So I was kind of more so hurt and it was very discriminatory,” said Nick Wulf.
Wulf said he took his SUV for an oil change at Take Five Oil Change on Reynoldsburg New Albany Road on Saturday December 8th.
After they finished the job, Wulf said they told him he had a major oil leak. So he took it to his mechanic to get it checked out and discovered the hateful message.
“He looked at me and said that same paint that is on the oil plug is the same paint that’s in front of your car,” said Wulf. “I was standing right here and that’s when I noticed it when he was putting my car down and I saw ‘gays’ and when he pointed it out that’s when I took the initiative to call Take 5.”
But Wulf said he was getting nowhere with the company, so he posted his frustration on Facebook. So far, hundreds of people have shared and commented on his pictures showing the message on his vehicle.
We also wanted to get answers from the company, but they told us to call the district manager. We did and left him a message then we received this statement from the corporate office in Charlotte, North Carolina:
“At Take 5 Oil Change, we believe in treating all our customers with respect and apologize to anyone who was offended by the insensitive treatment this customer received. The employee responsible for this incident has been terminated.”
But Wulf said that’s not enough, “Number one the paint needs to be removed underneath my car I think that is a start and the company owes me an apology.”
He said even if he does get a personal apology from the company he’s never coming back here.
“Being part of the LGBTQ community as well I’m standing up for anyone in general who might want to get an oil change, I mean we have rights,” he said.
Take 5 Oil Change also told us all employees will be taking a mandatory anti-discrimination training early this year. The company spokeswoman said the employees that work in the Blacklick location where the incident happened will complete their training this week.
Wulf has also filed a police report and hopes this will be investigated as a hate crime.