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Old 11-14-2018, 08:06 AM
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also saw where the bed storage company he had in the truck is giving him a refund on his purchase for the product even though it wasn't damaged. They just wanted to help out as the dude lost his home as well. Think that company was "decked out" or something. good stuff.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:19 AM
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I was sure this thread was going to be about global warming.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:20 AM
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Insurance companies simply don't work that way, as the owner willingly and intentionally put his truck in harms way.
Great for Toyota USA to step up to help him out.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:39 AM
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Damn, we just gonna forgive that boy for being from California, and make him an Honorary Texan....!!!
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Originally Posted by Beuford T. Justice View Post
Insurance companies simply don't work that way, as the owner willingly and intentionally put his truck in harms way.
Great for Toyota USA to step up to help him out.
I’d like to see them prove that his return trip caused the damage you see and his vehicle would have been undamaged if he would not have helped with the evacuations. No insurance is going to deny his claim. They cannot simply deny a claim based on the facts that we have, and adjusters that will be handling this will see that truck and total it.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
Sorry I don't feel the same way-- this is not "great to see big companies show some compassion and charity". To me it is just a publicity stunt by Toyota to get free advertising and it has worked, there is nothing altruistic here. It would have made more sense if his insurance co did this instead.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
Sorry I don't feel the same way-- this is not "great to see big companies show some compassion and charity". To me it is just a publicity stunt by Toyota to get free advertising and it has worked, there is nothing altruistic here. It would have made more sense if his insurance co did this instead.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
Sorry I don't feel the same way-- this is not "great to see big companies show some compassion and charity". To me it is just a publicity stunt by Toyota to get free advertising and it has worked, there is nothing altruistic here. It would have made more sense if his insurance co did this instead.
Seems to me you sure are in great need of some kind of intervention.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
Sorry I don't feel the same way-- this is not "great to see big companies show some compassion and charity". To me it is just a publicity stunt by Toyota to get free advertising and it has worked, there is nothing altruistic here. It would have made more sense if his insurance co did this instead.
It'd be different if Toyota made a commercial about it and splattered it all over social media... even then, they helped the cat out that put his life and property on the line multiple times with zero thought of personal gain for himself on his mind.

This earns you a nomination for this weeks "Captain Douche-Canoe Award"...

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Old 11-14-2018, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by GR1FFIN View Post
Sorry I don't feel the same way-- this is not "great to see big companies show some compassion and charity". To me it is just a publicity stunt by Toyota to get free advertising and it has worked, there is nothing altruistic here. It would have made more sense if his insurance co did this instead.
it is just a publicity stunt by Toyota to get free advertising and it has worked

Yes it did, good for Toyota. However I didn't know Toyota's were free.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:55 AM
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let's think about this for a second...
the guy owns a Toyota. He bought it for the same reason anyone else likely does. Good truck, reliable, not too big, not too small, good resale, whatever.
He's living his life and happens to be put into a serious situation while driving the Toyota. Not planned. Not staged.

Once he got done doing his incredible deeds, he made a post on Instagram like so many people do these days.
In it, he "tagged" ToyotaUSA. Again, just like millions of people do in their Instagram posts about whatever brand that might be relevant.
I tag Blackfin Boats, Whitewater boats, Cat diesel power, Hinckley, and other companies depending on what the picture is that I'm posting.
Am I expecting some sort of charity from those businesses? Hell no.
Is it cool if they see the tag and "like" my photo or something? Sure.

So this guy tags Toyota because he's proud of his truck, as I bet thousands upon thousands of people do when posting about their cars on Instagram, and Toyota actually sees this one.
They say, "hey, that guy did something special and happened to be in our truck while doing it."
So, they replied to him in his comments about replacing the truck.
It then went viral because someone else saw that comment and shared it. It got shared again. And again.
NOT because Toyota blasted it everywhere.
It could very easily have gone unnoticed.
The guy now has over 55k followers on his Instagram. Considering he was just a random guy, I'm willing to bet he had FAR less followers before this story blew up.

Bottom line, logic would dictate that Toyota wasn't banking on this as being some huge publicity stunt. It wasn't until they made their comment that this even became a huge story, due to others reposting and reposting. "Going viral".
To me, it shows that A) someone at Toyota does actually pay attention to their social media accounts and B) they made a nice offer to someone who did something special. The publicity they received was collateral. Beneficial? Sure. The sole reason for making that post to a random guy on instagram? Nah.

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Old 11-14-2018, 10:56 AM
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Jesus, Someone always has to bitch about everything these days. Congrats on Toyota for stepping up. There are still good people around! We just always hear about the BS.
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Heck even I applaud Toyota for this one. And I don't applaud Toyota often !!
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:45 PM
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Looks like a giant marshmallow
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Stcatfisherman View Post
it is just a publicity stunt by Toyota to get free advertising and it has worked

Yes it did, good for Toyota. However I didn't know Toyota's were free.

The fire was the publicity stunt? Yikes.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:55 PM
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I wasn’t there, but it seems like the guy had an escape and turned around to help people. If so, who cares. I know what he’s all about. Chris
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:12 PM
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As thin as the panels are I'm surprised the whole truck didn't melt. The doors look like they have holes. Slam a tailgate on a new truck (tundra) and you'll know what I'm talking about.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:31 PM
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Sounds like the young man has a great heart and resolve.
I admire his actions and applaud Toyota for stepping up.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Beuford T. Justice View Post
Damn, we just gonna forgive that boy for being from California, and make him an Honorary Texan....!!!
Throw some of the Flight 93 heroes and the guys from "The 15:17 to Paris"... among many others. Seems to me the bigger honor might be making a Texan an honorary Californian if circumstances dictated. And I say this as a hybrid of the two states , having lived in and love both.

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