Owner Says He’s Gotten Praise, Death Threats Over Controversial Stance
A cab company in Missouri has rolled out a new rule for the COVID-19 vaccinated: If you’ve taken “the injection,” you’ll be denied service.
The same rule applies to wearing a mask.
“We kind of just let them know up front that we don’t allow masks in the vehicle. I ask them if they’ve done any ‘shots.’ I don’t get into the whys with customers. I ask them to do their own homework,” Charlie Burlington, owner of St. Louis-based Yo Transportation, told The Epoch Times.
Likewise, Burlington said he won’t serve customers carrying guns or marijuana, even with a doctor’s prescription, as a matter of policy.
“We have a ton of safety protocols,” said Burlington, 52, though none of them has been as hotly controversial as not serving people who’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I’ve been called a dumb-ass cab driver. ‘You don’t know [expletive]!’ ‘You’re not a doctor.’ A lot of them are stunned. A majority say it doesn’t make any sense,” Burlington said about the vaccination policy.
Burlington started the state-certified taxi company 16 years ago. He currently operates with a fleet of three bright pink vehicles.
What’s good for a business that is allowed to mandate the shots, is good for a business that doesn’t, he said.
Burlington said the company’s vaccine policy followed after he heard from customers who knew someone who had an adverse reaction to the injection.
“I have doctors on the inside [who oppose the vaccines] who are fighting for their jobs,” Burlington said. “I saw a general worker at a gas station that I’ve known for years. She said her co-worker who did the shot got very sick.”
Since the company started the vaccine policy, Burlington said his voicemail has been inundated—mostly from people expressing their support, but also with hate messages and death threats.
“I’ve heard from other business owners that support me 100 percent—especially from Texas. I’ve never been attacked as I have been now,” Burlington said. “Has this gained me any business—no!”
By Allan Stein