Portlandian Plants "Nazi" Note On Dirty Diesel VW

Steve Lynch
by Steve Lynch

It is no surprise that environmental activists are staging protests in reaction to the Volkswagen emission scandal. Members of Greenpeace marched last week outside the VW plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Somewhere in America, we are sure someone will print off one of those red and white pro-union banners saying “Shame on XYZ Volkswagen” and plant themselves in front of a VW dealership.

But to shame a TDI owner who is possibly already miffed knowing his car may be dropping in value — and possibly gas mileage and torque after the emission fix?

Portland resident Rick Gencarelli found the following note under the windshield wiper of his Jetta TDI over the weekend:

Hello, VW TDI owner. While cute, your TDI is outfitted with a cheating device meant to elude emission standards. Your car is currently polluting at rates higher than nearly any modern gasoline car today. 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.

As the locals say — in a shameless ripoff of Austin, Texas’ motto — “Keep Portland Weird!”

“It’s ridiculous. And very funny, and very Portland,” said Gencarelli in the clip above.

Kudos to Gencarelli for laughing it off, but would you?

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Sep 30, 2015

    It's nice they chose the VW commercial font to use for their note, while the note itself is obnoxious and self-righteous. And the TDI lettering on his car is really freakin crooked, as well. I couldn't drive around like that.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Sep 30, 2015

    I once had some idiot leave a note telling me I should engage in buttsex with Obama because I had his sticker on my car. Morons are morons. And clickbait is clickbait.

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Sep 30, 2015

    On a somewhat related note, Karl Ludvigsen has a new book out, Professor Porsche's Wars, about the military machines that Ferdinand Porsche made, starting with the Austro-Hungarian empire and ending with the Nazis.

  • John Williams John Williams on Sep 30, 2015

    How about I just drive whatever the hell I want without being made to feel like I have to make amends for some long-ago travesty?