Vandals Attack Toyota Cars Over Outsourcing Claims
CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three men accused of vandalizing seven Toyota vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show told them they were angry about U.S. jobs being shipped overseas.
Prosecutors say 20-year-old Richard Data, 28-year-old Edmund Grzeszkiewicz (GREZH'-kuh-wits), and Bryan Kjellman (KYELL'-man), all of the Chicago suburb of Orland Park, were charged Thursday with criminal damage to property.
Authorities did not say if the three had attorneys.
Police said there was about $30,000 worth of damage to the vehicles.
In commenting about the belief that Japanese cars mean the loss of American jobs, a Toyota spokesman told the (Tinley Park) SouthtownStar it's a stereotype that dies hard.
Spokesman Curt McAllister said that while most of the cars' parts are imported, 60 percent of Toyotas sold in the U.S. are assembled in this country.