When it comes to metaphors describing foreclosures, weak economic growth, and -- especially -- lost American muscle, it's hard to find a real-life example quite so poignant as that of Aaron Dahrooge of Worcester, Mass.
Dahrooge's mother, April, died in April of 2011. Soon after, Bank of America hired a contractor to secure her house, which had been in foreclosure proceedings.
Somewhere in the process, writes The Telegram, Dahrooge's painstakingly-restored 1973 Dodge Challenger -- a muscle car that typifies the strength of one man behind the wheel -- disappeared from his mother's garage. He first noticed something was off when he saw the garage had been locked from the outside.
“I thought that was weird," Mr. Dahrooge said, according to the Telegram. "So I went around to the back to look through the window and saw the car was gone."
Now several months later, Dahrooge says Bank of America refuses to release critical information that may lead to his car's recovery. He has reported the car stolen, and though the bank told the Associated Press it is cooperating with investigators, Dahrooge believes BofA is stonewalling.
According to Consumerist, the bank won't tell him the name of the contractor it hired to work on his mother's house. A subpoena mailed to BofA's local branch hasn't elicited a response, either, forcing a detective to physically serve it again in person.
Despite what Dahrooge sees as the bank's attempts to slow the investigation, he pledges to keep his feet planted firmly on the gas. "These are my beloved cars," he wrote in an earlier post on his Facebook wall. "God I miss them."
This is far from the first time Bank of America has dropped the ball on a foreclosure. In 2010, the bank wrongfully repossessed the home of Angela Iannelli, a Pittsburgh woman whose mortgage was fully up to date. According to an ABC story at the time, the bank caused damage to her house, and went so far as to take "Luke," her pet parrot.