SEATTLE – A Vancouver man interviewed on TV after his car was vandalized during Tuesday’s May Day protests in Seattle became the subject of a social media campaign by Seattle tourism officials who wanted to make it up to him.
When KING 5’s Allen Schauffler first talked to the man named Sam, he chose not to give his last name. He spoke about how he came out of a restaurant with his family to see vandals breaking windows at Niketown.
When he got to his car, he saw the windows were smashed and the tires were slashed.
“Welcome to Seattle, eh?” said Sam. He also claimed some people walked by him and his vandalized car, took photos and called him a “hoser” and told him to go back to Canada.
“Well, maybe there’s a reason why I don’t want to live in the states,” said Sam, admitting in the same breath that Vancouver was the site of last year’s Stanley Cup riots which resulted in millions of dollars in damage.
Seattle tourism officials wanted to find Sam to make things right, but all they had to go on was his face, a first name and the fact that he drove a newer black Hyundai SUV. A Twitter campaign using the hashtag #findsam was launched.
Two days later, The Province newspaper reports the man has been found and identified as pastor Sam Lee of Lighthouse Ministries. The city has reportedly offered to give Lee and his family an all-expense paid trip back to the city.
Lee told The Province he was unaware of the attention his story received. He did not immediately say if he would accept the offer.