A Moorhead driver said he needed five minutes to pray. Then the racial harassment began.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A Somali-American man from Moorhead says he was racially harassed while on the job. Sharmake Mohamed was a driver for PTI, a company that transports Burlington Northern workers. A shocking video he recorded while on the job has...
MOORHEAD, Minn. - A Somali-American man from Moorhead says he was racially harassed while on the job.
Sharmake Mohamed was a driver for PTI, a company that transports Burlington Northern workers.
A shocking video he recorded while on the job has him looking for a new job.
Mohamed says he was driving three BNSF workers from Dilworth to Wisconsin, when he had a request.
"[It was] time to pray," says Mohamed. "I said, 'hey, I'm driving all the way, so I need to take five minutes to pray.'"
He says he got out of the SUV in Brainerd, prayed, and when he came back, one of his riders was upset.
"He asked me not to go anywhere, and I said, 'I am supposed to do my job.'"
In the video, a man is heard saying, "I don't trust you people."
When Mohamed asks him why, the man says, "You have a history of killing people with vehicles."
Mohamed said he was shocked by what the worker said next: "Look at 9/11."
After the Tuesday night incident, Mohamed says the passengers got out of his SUV and waited for a different driver.
Mohamed was told by his supervisor to come back to Moorhead.
He says a BNSF representative told him something alarming about his upset passenger - he's confronted a Muslim driver before.
"She told me, by the way, this guy, it's not the first time. It's twice," says Mohamed.
Now, fearing for his well-being, Mohamed says he simply can't drive for the company anymore.
"I can't work this job anymore because of my safety. It's dangerous."
He's out of a job, upset, and hoping for consequences for his passenger's actions.
BNSF says it's conducting a "thorough investigation" of the incident, and takes the matter very seriously.
PTI did not respond to our calls.