A 19-year-old in the UK is smarting after the possibility that his prolific social media use may be at the heart of four family-owned supercars going up in flames in barely a week. Aleem Iqbal has thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram paying attention to his frequent posts about the high-priced cars he's driving. He's even been featured on the Tumblr page Rich Kids of Instagram. It appears that some people might not be so smitten with him, though.

According to his Twitter profile, Iqbal owns Platinum Executive Travel, a luxury car rental company in the England, and UK newspaper The Telegraph claims the company is also owned by Iqbal's father. On June 6, cameras caught three hooded men setting fire to a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster leased by the company for a wedding. A few days later, two Audi R8 Spyders and a Bentley Continental Flying Spur from Platinum also got the torch, and two men were caught on camera setting the blaze. Nobody was hurt in either of the attacks, and the Aventador appeared to be repairable with the fire causing most damage to the passenger seat and dashboard. Police are still investigating both of the crimes.

According to The Telegraph, Iqbal believes that the arsons could have stemmed from jealousy towards him and his family's business. Regardless, setting fire to a bunch of cars that are likely insured isn't a great way to show displeasure.


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      Phil B
      • 6 Months Ago
      Klass warfare has never been so gruesome!!
        Jim R
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Phil B
        That's what this is--envy and wrath--a generation that's been raised on the lie that "rich people owe you" so they think well if they can't have it, nobody can. Maybe this guy's a douchebag, maybe not. I don't do the whole instagram thing. That doesn't give anyone the right to trash his stuff.
      Basil Exposition
      • 6 Months Ago
      I have no doubt this kid was a massive dousche. That said, there is NO excuse for intentionally damaging someone else's car. I don't care if it is a Hyundai or a Lamborghini. I don't care what the owner did. If you have a problem with someone, be a man and step up to their face and let them know. Only a coward would hide behind a hood and damage someone's car when they are not looking.
      Guy
      • 6 Months Ago
      Don't mess with peoples car. If you want to fight them, then fight, but don't touch their car. ( MAN CODE )
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 6 Months Ago
      Here's my issue about this. People who show off on IG usually have thousands of followers like this kid did and that's the issue. You have to "subscribe" and purposely follow this guy to even know what he is doing and to be exposed to his high level of douchery. So basically these people gave this guy an audience by their own will. Then that same audience got jealous of him and set his car on fire. It's not like he knocked on the doors of people in the slums and then when they opened their doors he pointed to his Aventador parked on the street and said, "yeah... I'm pretty much better than you. My car is worth more than your entire life". So I don't agree with this... at all. This kid should have had 0 followers. On a side note, I remember reading an article about a review of Jay-Z's last album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The writer stated that "listening to the album was like a man popping champagne bottles in a locker room in celebration of victory... with absolutely nobody watching". That's how IG could be as well if people weren't so infatuated with people showing off what they have on there. It's ridiculous. Even my fiancé got caught up in it for a while until I had to check her. All she would do is go to pages of these girls who had entire closest full of Christian Louboutin shoes and lines of Gucci and Louis Vuitton purses. I was like, why do you even care what they have and what they do? What they eat doesn't make you $hit.
        superchan7
        • 6 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        The root is the lack of parental guidance. Parents have the responsibility of instilling moral values and priorities. The root of a civilised society is respect and cooperation. Kids these days have "success" and "fame" shoved down their throats, and the simplest indicator for those is material wealth. So now we have a generation of kids who equate "success" with "accumulating wealth" in one way or another--cutthroat business, ghetto rap star or drug dilla, etc.
          david.bergman1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          @superchan7 You err in conflating a non-violent action with violent actions that infringe upon the equal rights of your fellow man. This kid's behavior is not harming you, yet you find it difficult to tolerate his behavior. Would you be equally as intolerant of a cross-dresser? If someone cross dresses, if that makes them happier and they aren't hurting anyone, I say good for them. This kid flaunts his possessions, for whatever reason, if it makes him happier and he isn't hurting anyone, I say good for him.
      Kimosen
      • 6 Months Ago
      While I don't condone arson, I find it difficult to feel anything but a small sense of amusement. Most of us struggle to find a balance between what we want, and what we can afford. When I hear, "I can't believe someone torched my Lamborghini I didn't pay for!" I just can't summon any other emotion than apathy, with a side of Schadenfreude. Sorry your car got torched. Shut up and buy a new one. The rest of us without rich dads will be over here working our asses off.
      Vien Huynh
      • 6 Months Ago
      If you rub your wealth into people's face too much, they just think you deserve a lesson.
        Jim R
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Vien Huynh
        "He's rich, so he deserves to have his stuff trashed!" It's telling that your comment got voted up as many times as it did, while the response is voted down. This entire country is going to the dogs.
          Kimosen
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          Ok, he didn't say that. Nobody is saying he deserved it because he was rich. He said the guy deserved it because he's an *******.
          david.bergman1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          @Kimosen He is an a** because he has really nice stuff and he doesn't hide it?
          david.bergman1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          @19Nomad56 Why would we conflate a non-violent action like showing off, with violent actions? The fact of the matter is that people act for their own subjective reasons. If this kid feels better because he is showing off and he isn't harming anyone else, then good for him. To say that "Affluenza" is of no benefit to anyone is in itself a subjective value judgement. Why is it that you view this behavior as so undesirable that you lump it in with murder and rape?
          david.bergman1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          @superchan7 Who cares if he flaunts what he has or not? That shouldn't even be relevant. That has been a part of society in one form or another since the very beginnings of documented societies. People like to flaunt, to draw attention for whatever reason and they always have. The problem is that wages are static, economic growth is nearly stagnant which makes the average person pessimistic about their own socio-economic advancement and that is contributing to a lower tolerance amongst the "masses."
        david.bergman1
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Vien Huynh
        Maybe people should be able to contain their envy to an extent that they don't resort to violence against other people's property. Not defending the kid, just saying the blame should rest solely upon the violent people who are apparently too weak to control their own actions rather than the victim. Would you not say the same of a girl who may dress promiscuously but is then raped, the blame rests with the rapist?
          Jameskey
          • 6 Months Ago
          @david.bergman1
          Well said
          superchan7
          • 6 Months Ago
          @david.bergman1
          There are two issues--one is of crime, of which the vandals are definitely guilty--and the other is of being modest and discreet in your success. It's not a law, but you can be damn sure it helps wealthy people get on in their daily lives.
      Making11s
      • 6 Months Ago
      Obviously, the kid didn't deserve this, but if you flaunt your wealth in front of enough people (I.e. the whole internet) for long enough, you're eventually going to piss of a crazy person. This culture of extreme consumption we see from some of the astronomically wealthy and people who identify with that mindset has gotten out of hand. The backlash against it will be no less unrestrained. A little subtlety and humility are good for you.
      11fiveoh
      • 6 Months Ago
      Money really is the root of all evil.
      Jim R
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nice to see that egalitarian spirit of class envy and "eat the rich" attitude is alive and well.
        david.bergman1
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        Seriously, it's disturbing.
        Kimosen
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        "Eat the rich" with some fava beans and a nice chianti...
        superchan7
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        That's because the rich kid wasn't smart enough to be discreet in daily life.
          david.bergman1
          • 6 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          Who cares if he was "discreet" or not? Seriously, most of you need to just worry about yourselves rather than being so envious of a kid who is clearly looking for attention.
          asdf
          • 6 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          Some kid is flaunting his wealth like a dbag, and then some guy torched cars, one of them broke the law
          superchan7
          • 6 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          Vandalism is a crime. Showing off is a risk. You show off, you risk irking the morally corrupt and economically unfortunate. The kid judged his risks poorly, and that of his parents' business.
      FrosenCarrotz
      • 6 Months Ago
      Oops, I almost cared.
      jonnybimmer
      • 6 Months Ago
      In no way is it acceptable to vandalize/destroy someone property just because they're obnoxious d-bags about it. That's said, stupid actions can often provoke thoughtless reactions from others. I guess pissing off some local criminals didn't help to much either.
        david.bergman1
        • 6 Months Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Just to be clear, "stupid actions" is having enough money to buy really nice things and buying nice things? Seriously?
        Tesla Fan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        wow you are so right,,, shush
      Car Guy
      • 6 Months Ago
      Here's what all the class warfare from the left leads to. Hate wealth.
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