Lawsuit claims dealer staff exploited veteran's PTSD to make a sale

Publish Date: 
Nov 6, 2013

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - An Afghanistan war veteran has sued Orange County Harley-Davidson, claiming the sales staff took advantage of his post traumatic stress disorder when they sold him a motorcycle.

Brett Smith claims a hallucination after five days without sleep drove him to buy the bike. “I know I was sweating, I know I was talking fast, I know I was jittery,” the unemployed veteran told ABC News.

He said the salesman offered him water to take his medication and that he told the salesman he had PTSD and needed to ride to Georgia right away, although he didn’t have a motorcycle license. He claims the salesman told him that riding the motorcycle could help ease his PTSD symptoms.

The day after riding off the lot with the bike, Smith said, he saw the bike parked outside his home and thought he might be hallucinating it. He was subsequently hospitalized for 10 days, he said.

Smith’s attorney, Dan Gilleon, told the TV station Smith didn’t “understand the big picture.” The lawsuit seeks to cancel the sales contract.

Posted by Holly Wagner