Internet outrage spreads freaky fast, and that's again the case with the founder of Jimmy John's. In the aftermath of Cecil the lion's slaying in Zimbabwe, social media has rediscovered those photos that allegedly show Jimmy John's owner Jimmy John Liutaud posing with dead elephants, rhinos and leopards overseas that first surfaced back in 2011.
Jonah Lupton, a blogger and entrepreneur, retweeted the photos to his followers on Monday morning, once again putting Liutaund in the spotlight:
If you think sport hunting these beautiful animals is cool then please unfollow me because you're a horrible person pic.twitter.com/jXWKfuAfEm— Jonah Lupton (@JonahLupton) July 28, 2015
Liutaud has never confirmed that's him in the pictures, although it sure looks like him. The photos were taken in places including Mongolia and South Africa.
Grub Street caught wind of Monday's retweets and reports Champaign-Urbana based Smile Politely was the first to publish the photos in 2011. Jimmy John's is still based in Champaign, despite Liutaud's threats to completely move operations to Florida after complaints that Illinois' taxes and regulations weren't conducive to run his restaurant chain. There's about 2,000 Jimmy John's across 43 states and last year came under fire for a...unique non-compete agreement they were forcing on customers.
Regardless what customers think of the food, will these photos affect sales at Jimmy John's? Sound off in the comments.