A vice president with Chattanooga company Transcard has been fired after reportedly posting an offensive photo of former President Barack Obama on his personal Facebook page.
The photo, which depicted President Obama with a noose around his neck and a caption “#PayPerView” was reportedly posted by Gary Casper last week.
According to screen captures before Casper’s personal Facebook and LinkedIn pages were removed, his position was listed as “VP of IT” with Transcard, as well as previous employment with US Xpress.
Transcard’s Facebook page last week posted this message confirming the situation, “The views reflected in posts made by individuals do not reflect the views or values of Transcard. This issue is being handled according to company policy. The individual of recent concern is no longer employed with the company. Thank you for your concern.”
Although Casper has apparently been fired, his post–which has since been shared hundreds of times–continues to generate a groundswell of angry social media comments.
Just a few that are suitable for print include: “He was stupid enough to have his own photo, employer and FB (Facebook) information attached to it,” “He is a racist piece of crap who strongly endorsed the lynching of the only black president in US history and deleted his post later” and “I always end up in Facebook jail! But this foolishness can continue.”
Many other posts simply state, “Lock him up,” noting that threatening to harm or kill a former president is a felony with a penalty of up to five years in prison.
According to its website, Transcard, which is based in downtown Chattanooga, is a company which specializes in providing innovative, cloud-based payment solutions to the transportation, healthcare, insurance and financial services industries. It was originally founded in 2005.
By press time, attempts to reach Transcard via phone for comment were unsuccessful, as the company’s phone system was “temporarily unavailable,” according to a recorded message.