MSN- A contractor in Louisiana is discovering that no good deed goes unpunished. After David Mahler, the owner of H&O Investments, was hired by the city of New Orleans to remove monuments to the rebellious Confederate States of America, he was subjected to death threats. Then his Lamborghini was set on fire.
What's bizarre here is the sequence of events. The death threats started rolling in after Mahler was announced as the city's contractor to remove monuments to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee, PGT Beauregard, and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. Then the threatening phone calls started rolling in, New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU reports. Mahler then pulled his company out of the job, but that didn't stop the torching of the new Huracán.
A Baton Rouge Fire Department investigation into the fire at the H&O Investments office is still in progress, WDSU reports, but when Mahler's attorney calls the circumstances "extremely suspicious," it's not an unreasonable statement.
I don't want to say this, but the guy kinda had it coming, no? I'm not excusing anyone for lighting someone's hundred thousand dollar car on fire. However, the way that most people treat criminal activity is the same way that a contractor should treat his destruction of Southern "tradition". Would it kill the guy to be a little inconspicuous? It nearly killed him not to be. Driving around in the most obnoxiously recognizable car on the planet isn't exactly what I would consider "laying low". Maybe trade in the Lambo for a few months while you are in the process of eliminating all that the South deems holy. This guy might as well have put a big ass target on the side of his car, which I am sure was some absolutely absurd color like orange or yellow. I am just your average guy, with no ties to the South, and even I want to set a Lamborghini on fire from time to time. Generally speaking, the type of people that drive them seem like they deserve to die in an inglorious blaze. Don't get me wrong, his task was honorable. The Confederacy isn't something that should continue to be memorialized or celebrated. However, joining the military is also an honorable task, but you don't see people showing up to Afghanistan in sequenced shirts and banana hammocks. He may have been providing a public service, but that doesn't mean the public's going to leave him any gratuity. Dying for a tip? Here's one. Don't call for attention when there's a good chance that attention doesn't want to speak to you.
UPDATE: This is what it looked like originally, and now I REALLY don't feel bad for him...