Terry Jones, a Florida preacher, got a lot of attention in 2010 when he organized "International Burn a Koran Day." That attention included a $2 million bounty, the second-highest place on an al-Qaeda hit list, global protests, and a spot on hate group watch lists.
But in the meantime, he has been driving for Uber, The Washington Post reports. He had been facing financial stress after trying and failing to relocate his "Fry Guys" stand. He said mall managers had figured his controversial history and denied his business as a result.
I don't know how much research they do...They didn't ask.
Jones said he carried a pistol when he drove (which Uber prohibits) and sharing his anti-Islam ideology with passengers.
Uber suspended Jones on Saturday after the Post called for comment. He had been driving around the Tampa, Fla. area since late January.
An innocent customer could get caught up in that insanity...I have lost all faith in Uber.
Jones has not reconsidered his anti-Muslim stance, saying that President Trump's controversial travel ban didn't go far enough and should have blocked all Muslims from entering the U.S.
Uber said Jones passed a background check since his two past arrests were dismissed in court.
Before moving to Bradenton, Jones taught at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla. The church was known for its fundamentalist views and once sent kids to school wearing "Islam is of the Devil" shirts.
Meanwhile, Uber has come under fire multiple times since Trump's inauguration. #DeleteUber trended on Twitter after the company allowed its drivers to break a strike by New York cab drivers during protests over the travel ban.
CEO Travis Kalanick left Trump's economic advisory council last week as public pressure mounted, USA Today reports.