The winter months are often plagued with car troubles and sometimes those who get stuck rely on passerby to get them back on route. However, one man’s Facebook post went viral after he refused to help a stuck driver due to a sticker on her car.
Ohio man, Troy Brown, is no stranger to using his social media to discuss his political views, frequently posting about government and the Black Lives Matter movement. However, Brown never anticipated that one of his posts would garner so much attention.
Brown’s Facebook post insinuates that he was driving through a blizzard when he noticed a woman’s car stuck in a snow ditch on the side of the road. Brown initially planned to help the woman, but after noticing that her car had a sticker supporting President-elect Donald Trump, he changed his mind.
Brown has been adamantly anti-Trump on social media and saw this particular moment as an opportunity for reprisal. Brown posted a picture of the stuck car as well as a brief video of himself shaking his head in disapproval alongside the caption: “I was going to help her but she has a #Trump sticker on her car. #CallYoPresident. Sincerely, Troy Brown.”
In just a matter of days, Troy Brown’s Facebook post went viral with some people supporting his decision to not help the woman while others condemned his actions. The post was quick to receive almost 2,000 shares in less than a week and the comment section became an area of heated debate. However, Brown decided to capitalize on his unexpectedly viral post by creating merchandise to support his view.
Brown incorporated the picture he took as well as the caption into T-shirts and hoodies that he stated would be “shipped before Christmas.” The post was picked up by numerous media outlets and Brown has been continuing to use the post as a platform to discuss his political standpoint. “A list of people Trump voters can call for help,” Brown commented. “1. Yo president, 2. Exxon Mobil CEO, 3. General Flynn’s son, 4. The gunman at Comet Pizza in D.C.”
However, there are many commenters that feel politics shouldn’t have had anything to do with the situation. “That’s a great attitude to have towards your fellow human being,” one commenter wrote. “What if they were hurt?” Brown has remained civil while explaining his point of view in the controversial comment section of the post.