Shady car salesmen are known to make all sorts of claims in order to move the metal. But a recently concluded lawsuit in Alabama has ruled that there is a limit to what claims an auto sales rep can make.

The lawsuit revolves around two Toyota dealerships in the South East. According to Reuters, Fred Kenner – sales manager at Bob Tyler Toyota in Pensacola, Florida – referred to East Shore Toyota in Daphne, Alabama, as "Taliban Toyota", telling prospective buyers that its owner Shawn Esfahani (pictured at right) was funneling money to the Taliban and to insurgents in Iraq, jeopardizing the lives of our troops serving overseas.

Esfahani countered that he left his home country of Iran after the Islamic revolution there in 1980 and that Kenner's allegations were pure slander. The courts have apparently upheld Esfahani's claim and awarded him $7.5 million in damages to be paid by Bob Tyler Toyota.


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      Michael S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Internet comments suck.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad this guy won the case, though I think it would be great for him to at least donate some of that money to a charity or some good cause. I'm not saying he has to, but I think it would benefit him as well as others.
        Pete K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        He'll probably send it back to the Taliban! ;- )
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad Bob Taylor Toyota had to pay out, that's total BS! If your that afraid of the competition then you need to look at your own business and see what your doing so wrong.
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Redneckism, much like crime, does NOT pay! Man, I hate the South more by the minute. It's as if they think Fox News is actual news and redneck hearsay are facts. That said, they're very imaginative folks, given the "gov'ment" conspiracy theories coming out of the South lately...
        Acefighter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @P
        You do realize your are being just a bigoted as that guy was, right? The vast majority of southerns are not like that idiot, and are likely less hateful (not to mention more intelligent) than you.
          Carlos
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Acefighter
          Actually, they're just like this idiot. They work for foreign companies, hate other races and vote for moron presidents like Bush and Reagan. The south is the toilet of America.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Acefighter
          Well, I guess we can add "P" and Carlos to the list of bigots along with Toyota Recall.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @P
        Bigotry knows no bounds of North and South. If you were capable of an original thought, you would recognize that fact. Instead, you sound every bit as ignorant as the car dealer who made these comments.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @P
        P, prejudice exists everywhere you tard!! But go ahead, keep spewing the same tired dribble about Fox News, if it makes you feel better about yourself.
          Leather Bear
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Those days in study hall detention were apparently not put to productive use. Dribble (noun) 1. a tiny or insignificant bit or quantity; 2. a small trickling stream or flow. Drivel (noun) 1. words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas; 2. language, conduct, or an idea that is absurd or contrary to good sense And when it comes to drivel, Fixed News is certainly the first thing that comes to mind.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ignorance, the basis of what this nation was founded by.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Upon which this nation was founded. HTH
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Okay Bobby, time to up the dosage on your meds. If it weren't for the "stupid people" that founded America, we'd probably still be living in a monarchy. And you know what I've heard about monarchies? They liked to keep it "in the family", that is no outsiders. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and let you figure it out.
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      The south is garbage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        [blocked]
          Gubbins
          • 3 Years Ago
          No, they love good jobs; obviously you have a problem with that. What, they should refuse gainful employment because it's a "foreign" car company? Who's the 'tard now Mr. Diversity?
          • 3 Years Ago
          [blocked]
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        America's two most segregated cities sit north of the Mason Dixon Line. What do you make of that? Maybe you should travel more before you run your mouth.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Bruce, The cities I was referring to were Detroit, MI and Gary, IN. As one who has spent a great deal of time in Detroit, let me tell you that there is a great deal of racial tension there, on both sides. It's like going back to the 60s. I live in the South now, and it is nowhere near that bad.
          John S
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          The Mason-Dixon line doesn't run that far West. I grew up a few yards from it. Most people don't truly know where the Mason-Dixon line even is.
          Bruce Lee
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Places like new york city rank really high on the segregation list just because the real estate values are out of control-the neighborhoods they're mapping as being segregated are only a few blocks apart but a lot of neighborhoods are basically all investment bankers and old money because they're so expensive nobody else can live there. But these neighborhoods are literally a few blocks apart unlike in most cities so while the people who own the apartments there are technically segregated everyone spends most of their day in the same areas. It mostly just says that there aren't that many ultra-rich millionaire and billionaire black investment bankers more than anything about racism.
      FoxJ30
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the man who escaped his home country because he disagreed with what happened there, the one who came to the US and built what sounds like a highly successful life, is the one that's un-American? I think someone's just jealous of the guy's ability to live the American dream. You never want to believe bad stereotypes about the south, then some (only some) people try their hardest to hammer them home as hard as possible...
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        Persecuting/spreading rumors about a man from the Mid East seems to me to be more of an American stereotype than a Southern one, given the situation the world is currently in. Now, if he were doing this to a black man, I would be more likely to agree with you on the whole southern stereotype thing. With that said, anyone who uses such incidences to perpetuate stereotypes is no different than the dealer who caused rift in the first place.
      Rich Dion
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man flees foreign country, comes to america, to sell foreign cars to americans......only in america.
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rich Dion
        I can see the irony in your comment. However I would point out that it could have been an American car dealership if they had given him a chance. It may have been that Toyota, when they were small and trying to break in to our market, gave this guy a chance that no one else would (and that includes other foreign makes like VW, Mercedes, Volvo and Saab).
        pippo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rich Dion
        yeah right, only in america. because in any other country it is impossible to sell foreign-made cars and if an immigrant does it he gets beheaded on the main square
          pippo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @pippo
          in case you didn't notice i was being sarcastic. i wanted to say that there is nothing wrong with immigrants selling foreign made cars in america and that that doesn't happen only in america (i.e. i disagree with rich dion)
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @pippo
          What are you talking about? Care to elaborate?
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rich Dion
        Actually the Dealership opened in 2007, he had little to nothing when he fled his country. He has earned what he has and I'm glad, THAT is what America is all about!
      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Surprised that the scumbag con was working at a foreign dealership. Dey turk er jerbs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burabus
        [blocked]
      anon
      • 3 Years Ago
      That guy looks like a terrorist.
        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @anon
        lol i thought he looked more white then anything.
      sb303
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ignorance? 7.5 million. Intelligence? Priceless.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that's a stupid amount of cash. Not that i feel bad for the racists that caused him to lose business.
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