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Amid racism allegations, Carryout Courier employee resigns

Written by Brett Sholtis/The York Daily Record | Aug 23, 2017 10:47 AM
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Rescue personnel help injured people after a car ran into a large group of protesters after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

(Undated) -- Following a whirlwind of outcry, an area man has resigned from a York business after he allegedly marched with neo-Nazis in the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The rally turned tragic when when a 20-year-old white supremacist from Ohio, James Fields, drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman.      

The York County man's resignation -- announced by Carryout Courier on Facebook-- comes on the same day that a York County community organizer, Carla Christopher, published a Change.org petition that got 198 signatures within a few hours.

The petition called on Carryout Courier owner Chad Eisenhart to fire the man, citing concerns over safety. Carryout Courier delivers food from restaurants to homes and businesses. 

"A man who has willingly aligned himself with murderous, hateful bigots cannot be trusted to interact with the public," Christopher said in the petition. "He especially should not be trusted with customers' personal information and access to their homes."

Eisenhart said in an email Tuesday evening that the "person in question" chose to resign. 

"We do not share the views expressed by the former employee," Eisenhart said. "We also respect our employees' right to their own choices and opinions -- especially when they are off the clock. Employees are free to make their own choices, as long as they are within the law."

Christopher's petition named the man, apparently based on an internet group's identification. But the York Daily Record couldn't confirm his identity and Eisenhart didn't name him. 

In the days since the rally, amateur sleuths such as the Twitter account "Yes, you're a racist," sought to identify those who appeared in photos taken at the rally.  

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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