Jeff Lockridge, the manager of Media & Public Relations at U-Haul International, tells WEHO TIMES the customer who rented their moving vehicle this past weekend and transformed it into an antisemitic truck, has been banned from renting from their company, stating the customer misused U-Haul’s equipment and violated their equipment rental contract.
“Multiple actions taken by this customer were in violation of our equipment rental contract agreement,” said Lockridge. “Beyond the appalling behavior of the customer and his acquaintances, this was a clear misuse of our equipment. Additionally, the truck was deliberately damaged. Immediate action was taken by our team, and this customer is no longer able to rent from our company.”
Videos posted on Twitter Saturday, May 21, 2022, show two individuals in the large U-Haul truck with antisemitic messaging yelling racist slurs at community members as they drove down Santa Monica Boulevard from the city of Beverly Hills to West Hollywood. They stopped at a gas station in West Hollywood’s eastside and confronted member on foot.
The antisemitic truck bore offensive messages such as “Ann Coulter was right about Jews” and “Resisting the Great Replacement = Greatest Threat?”
“A group of Nazis have rampaged down Santa Monica Blvd from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood harassing Black people, gay people and Jewish people,” reads a tweet by the WeHo Social Justice Twitter account @wehosjc. “A big truck in their caravan is covered in hate propaganda surrounding the great replacement theory.”
Other witnesses allege that the drivers waved a mangled rainbow flag, mocked Jewish people’s attire, yelled at Black people to go back to Africa and made some demeaning remarks against gay people and Asian people. A Video shows one of the men approaching a car saying, “Jesus loves you,” and then yelling anti-semitic slurs.
One man wore a shirt with a Black Sun symbol known for its ties to Nazi Germany and was later adopted by Neo-Nazis. The men streamed their confrontations live for their followers and cars following behind them also filmed the caravan as it made its way east on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Comedian Kathy Griffin called out U-Haul and posted the alleged driver’s name via her Twitter account.
Authorities said they are investigating the antisemitic truck in what they have characterized as a hate incident.
Lockridge says U-Haul employs a robust investigations team that works closely with local and national law enforcement across the U.S. and Canada on numerous matters. He said U-Haul will help any way it can, but did not disclose any details on the company’s communication with local law enforcement.
U-Haul is also not offering details on the damage done to the truck box this past weekend, but according to their rep, “It was significant.”
The City of West Hollywood responded to the incident with a statement, saying: “Hate has not place here.”
“These reports are particularly distressing as we mark Harvey Milk Day,” reads the statement. “We celebrate Milk, who was Jewish and who was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, and we will never forget the path he helped to build in rejecting discrimination and in embracing full civil rights. In honoring his life and in remembering how his life was cut short by hate-fueled violence, we must commit to standing together in rejecting hate.”
If you see something, say something: call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850 and, in an emergency, always call 911.