Houston ISIS Photo?

ISIS in Houston? Photo from a local deli creates a social media firestorm, draws FBI attention

ISIS in Houston? Photo from a local deli creates a social media uproar

News, Shelby, Isis in Jason's Deli, Sept. 2014
A man orders lunch at Jason's deli, upsets stomachs with alleged ISIS log on his shoulder. Courtesy of Mark Kasper
News, Shelby, Isis in Jason's, Sept. 2014
A closer look at the logo that ISIS uses on its flag. Courtesy of Wounded American Warrior
News, Shelby, Isis in Jason's Deli, Sept. 2014
The crude script sets the ISIS emblem apart from the Koran creed. Courtesy of counterjihadreport.com
News, Shelby, Isis in Jason's Deli, Sept. 2014
News, Shelby, Isis in Jason's, Sept. 2014
News, Shelby, Isis in Jason's Deli, Sept. 2014

OK, Halloween is still a month away, so it probably wasn't some horrific-idea costume that the gent was wearing when he walked into a Jason's Deli in Houston with the ISIS logo emblazoned on his shoulder. Social media is going wild with the image of a man in robes sporting the ISIS emblem that says only one thing — be afraid, be very afraid.

"You don't believe they're here? Look who was just found at Jason's Deli in (sic) at West 34th and 290 in Houston," Mike Kasper emailed friends after taking the photo. "That's the black standard ISIS emblem on his shoulder. Share the hell outta this. — Mike."

Kasper's email has been spreading like wildfire, getting forwarded and forwarded. We received it from a friend in Colorado. In today's day and age, the first thought might be that it's all an Internet hoax. But a Jason's Deli rep confirms the photo.

 Kasper's email has been spreading like wildfire, getting forwarded and forwarded. We received it from a friend in Colorado. 

The folks at Jason's have received an earful. A Jason's customer service representative at the chain's toll-free number tells CultureMap, "We have gotten plenty of feedback about that . . . There was someone there but he is not a Jason's employee."

Kasper went so far as to inform the FBI. After their interrogation of the intrepid smartphone photographer, the FBI went dark on him. Won't return his emails. Won't return his phone calls.

Or so Kasper tells KTRH radio personality Matt Patrick. That interview is posted on the Christian rescue website shoebat.com, which is all over the sighting reporting not only Kasper's story but also claiming that another man wearing an ISIS logo was arrested in H-Town.

Freedom of expression notwithstanding, do you really want to broadcast your affiliation with the meanest, nastiest terrorist group on the planet?

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