Smarmy note posted on Volkswagens in Portland

Local driver finds angry note on VW

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Some Portlanders who own Volkswagen vehicles are getting targeted by people who are upset over the emissions scandal the German auto company is currently embroiled in.

Someone put notes on the windshields of parked VWs, complaining about a "cheating device" in the vehicle and the pollution it causes.

One note obtained by KGW says, in part:

"While cute, your TDI is outfitted with a cheating device meant to elude emissions standards," the note says. "Your car is currently polluting at rates higher than nearly any modern gasoline car today. 2-4x more than a Chevy Suburban."

VW has admitted to rigging 11 million cars with sophisticated software to trick regulators into believing the vehicles were compliant with emissions standards. Dealers have since been ordered to stop selling the vehicles involved in the scandal — which can emit harmful pollutants at rates of up to 40 times U.S. standards — until the problem can be fixed.

The note left on vehicles in Portland also says that VW was "founded by Nazis" and suggests, "Perhaps it's time to consider a different car?"

Rick Gencarelli was one of two people who told KGW they received the note. The founder of Portland's Lardo restaurant chain posted a photo for his many followers on Instagram and said comments came pouring in.

KGW does not know how many more notes have circulated in Portland, if any.

"It's crazy, but mostly I think it's funny," Gencarelli said. "You know, I think we were all misled and fooled by VW. But this doesn't mean, I'm not supporting the Nazi's here!" he said with a chuckle.

Meantime, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned last Wednesday, as the government investigation into the company continues.

The emissions scandal has crushed Volkswagen's stock, spawned lawsuits, and called the future of diesel vehicles into question.


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