The poor Cybertruck owner from Maine laments all the attention his truck gets

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It is ridiculous and downright childish to believe, let alone expect, that everyone thinks alike about anything. Nothing can be universally loved or accepted, nor should it be. Still, it looks like the Tesla Cybertruck is set to set a new record for cleavage.

Four years after the electric truck's official launch, Tesla began limited deliveries of the Cybertruck, and enthusiasm for it hasn't waned in the slightest since. Regardless of how Elon Musk described it during this official presentation or in subsequent interviews, the Cybertruck undoubtedly remains a vehicle that you either love or hate, with no middle ground.

The last few weeks have also drawn attention to quality control issues that Tesla has previously struggled with. But it's the Cybertruck's angular design, unlike anything else you'll find on the market right now, that consistently elicits the most polarizing reactions.

This design was also the Cybertruck's main selling point if you remember when it launched in November 2019. Musk said at the time that he wanted a cyberpunk-like design, something that wouldn't look out of place in a post-apocalyptic society. A truck that can easily carry cargo on any terrain, that is bulletproof and tough as a tank, but comfortable and minimalist in the cabin.

The 1\-of\-2 Cybertrucks in Maine that drew a lot of hate

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The Cybertruck was designed from the start to attract attention – and keep it for as long as it stayed in one place. It was also most likely designed as a status symbol of sorts, and that's what it became when the Founders Edition devices made their way to the first customers.

An introvert's dilemma

With that in mind, here's one of the two Cybertruck owners in Maine complaining about the increased attention it's received since delivery. Travis Carter, owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Maine, spoke to local media about the confusing reactions he continues to receive for his e-truck.

Carter says most people pull out their cell phones to film him driving by, sometimes even at the expense of their personal safety. He occasionally gets a wave and a thumbs up, but most reactions have been negative: people flipped him the bird at intersections, and his truck was scratched and spit on.

The 1\-of\-2 Cybertrucks in Maine that drew a lot of hate

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Carter has also literally become the talk of the town after his Cybertruck became a viral topic of conversation on Portland subreddits. He swears he didn't buy the vehicle to get attention and describes himself as “shy” and “introverted.” In fact, he says he only recently “forgot” about his reservation when Tesla contacted him to let him know he could complete the purchase for an early example.

“I don’t like attention. It wasn’t an attention-grabbing move.” Carter explains in an interview. “People have photographed me so many times. I’m shy, so it was a strange experience when you stop at a red light and every single person is staring at you.”

He admits that parking his Cybertruck in front of his pharmacy brought in a lot of new customers, which would literally be half the story. He has since added a magnetic sticker to the truck advertising the pharmacy. You could make lemonade out of the whole thing, right?

A grain of salt with the lemonade

This may seem like a disheartening story about the kind of division that is tearing modern society apart, but one has to be careful with Carter's lemonade story. It sounds unbelievable that a grown adult would see the Cybertruck on stage with Elon Musk and Elon Musk not Recognize what kind of attention it would generate in real life, both good and bad.

The 1\-of\-2 Cybertrucks in Maine that drew a lot of hate

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Then there is this: “He knew the truck would be a showstopper in Maine. But he wanted it because of its uniqueness.” writes the publication he spoke to. Carter himself chimes in: “It's so ugly it's cute. It's like a French bulldog. I don't think it's the most attractive car in the world, but it's different. And I like being different.”

But in the end, can you really blame a man for trying to get the most attention possible for his company? Not really, no – unless, as seems to be the case here, he's lying about one thing or another.

The Cybertruck hate is real

Aside from Carter's now-viral story, this is clear confirmation that Cybertruck hate is very real. No further confirmation would be needed, but still.

First official look at the Tesla Cybertruck

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The other Maine Cybertruck, which also appears to have been turned into a promotional vehicle thanks to a large magnetic sticker on the back, is also being busted on Portland subreddits. Most commentators agree that the design is right “too ugly” to exist in real life or that purchasing means supporting Musk and all of his controversial stances on a variety of topics.

The consensus seems to be that anyone who buys a car like this is either blind, an immature child trying to show off, or just plain stupid. However, it is not the case that aggressive behavior towards an inanimate object that is another person's personal property is evidence of a higher IQ.

If controversy and division is a barometer of success, it is the Tesla Cybertruck.

Anna Harden

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