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Hertz Has Its Customers Arrested and Jailed

Apr 25, 2022

Hertz Rent-A-Car admits that it files around 3,500 theft reports per year on customers, although these customers legally rented Hertz vehicles, and Hertz already has payment information such as a credit or debit card number, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hundreds were falsely arrested and faced prosecution for felonies. And many of them were even jailed, even though they had returned their rented cars to Hertz and paid their bills.

When these customers, with supporting documents, pointed out errors in the theft reports, Hertz refused to withdraw the reports and told the customers to “address this matter through the legal system.” Rather than admit that it had filed baseless theft reports, Hertz prefers to have its customers arrested and kept in jail!

Hertz’s abusive treatment of its customers is typical of how this company operates. Two years ago, when the pandemic hit, Hertz declared bankruptcy in order to stiff its workforce and consumers. It cut 20,000 jobs, half its payroll. It also sold off almost 200,000 cars, nearly one-third of its fleet.

Then last summer a big financial company, Apollo Global Management, swooped in and bought Hertz for very little money.

The capitalists who own Hertz don’t even pretend to provide an essential service or product. They are just out to loot and destroy everyone and everything in their path in order to fatten their bank accounts.