Life Behind Bars: Harley Hater Faces Jail Time after Targeting Bikers

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Facing 10 years in jail, bitter Harley-biased man personifies the expression, ‘They hate us because they ain’t us.’

Apparently, some dude named Joseph Shreffler from Omaha, Nebraska, is a little bitter–and violent–when it comes to something he wants but can’t have: A Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Shreffler recently had a temper tantrum and tried to come after some bikers solely because they were wearing Harley t-shirts. Jealousy, it’s an ugly thing.

A group of bikers were hanging out in Council Bluffs, Iowa, wearing their Harley tees and gear when Shreffler (who we have to assume is both stupid and suicidal) decided to start some trouble. According to The Daily Nonpareil, police officers reported that “Shreffler seemed to be intoxicated and began making fun of their shirts, because they were all wearing Harley Davidson shirts.” Not a smart guy.

One of the bikers had enough, and called the police. Shreffler knocked his phone away, and then broke a beer bottle over the gentleman’s head. Seriously, dude?

Naturally, the group of bikers chased Shreffler, tackled him, and held him until police were on the scene. He was immediately arrested, and faces up to 10 years in the pokey if convicted. His victim is on the mend, but did require surgery after the bottle broke a bone in his face.


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Would you insult this man? Uh, no thanks. We don’t have a death wish!

Amazing the lengths some petty folks will go to when they can’t afford a Harley.

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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive while riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications. The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected].

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