The United States is a republic, and for this exact reason. You're describing tyranny of the majority.
And what if his life is ruined? Plenty of people lose their jobs and have their lives destroyed every day who aren't complete assholes. I'm happy about the job opening this created. I'm not worried about the person who lost his job.
The Wire, Season 6!
Maybe it would have if the Prius were an electric car.