Terry Jones, the Koran-burning pastor known for infuriating Muslims across the globe, has reportedly taken on a new profession: running a french fry joint inside of a Florida mall.
Jones’ company, Fry Guys Gourmet Fries, which he co-founded, uses a sketch of the infamous reverend’s face in its logo. His likeness is also featured in a drawing hanging on the fast-food restaurant’s wall, which is located inside of a mall food court, the Bradenton Herald reported.
“At first I thought the pictures would not be so recognizable,” Jones, head of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, told the outlet when a reporter called to discuss the new business venture. “They were supposed to be more of a cartoon type of thing.”
His image has since been removed after Robert Tackett, the mall manager, was made aware of Jones’ past controversies, but the reverend said that his sketch will remain part of the Fry Guys logo.
Jones also said that he and his partners have big plans for the business, which they hope to turn into a chain.
Both Jones and Tackett, who told the Herald that he was unaware of the preacher’s fiery past before signing a lease with him, said that the fry chain has only had positive reviews thus far from customers.
But some might wonder — especially in light of Wednesday’s terror attack on Charlie Hebdo — what security concerns Jones’ presence could pose at the mall, if any, especially considering the past anger and violence he has incited across the globe.
Tackett told the Herald that a member of the intelligence unit at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office contacted him this week and said that there are currently no security concerns.
As for Jones, he said he’s not too worried, despite the fact that he’s reportedly listed in second place as being wanted dead or alive on an Al Qaeda poster that has circulated on social media.
“We’re not fearful, and we’re not going to run and hide,” Jones said. “If they (terrorists) come, we’re going to try to get them before they get us.”
(H/T: Bradenton Herald)