A Kansas police officer has been caught fabricating an incident in which he claims that a McDonald’s employee wrote “F***ing pig” on his coffee cup.
After this revelation, the officer in question, who remains unnamed, resigned from the force after having worked for the police department for only two months.
After the officer accused McDonald’s employees of targeting him with the harassing words on his coffee cup, the police department opened an investigation into the matter.
McDonald’s corporate also opened their own investigation into the Junction City location, and quickly ascertained that none of their employees were responsible for the message.
Herington Police Department Chief Brian Hornaday spoke up on the matter, stating, “In (our) investigation we have found that McDonald’s and its employees did not have anything whatsoever to do with this incident; this was completely and solely fabricated by a Herington police officer who is no longer employed with our agency.”
Oddly, the officer in this case was not named, despite committing an act of slander against the employees of the Junction City McDonald’s. According to Hornaday, this matter was a “personnel issue,” and thus the officer would not be publicly named. Hornaday did, however, reveal that the individual was a Junction City resident.
“Our job is solely to do this job with the utmost integrity, because if you can’t trust the cops, who can you trust?” the Chief said in a statement. He said that their investigation concluded that the incident was likely meant to be taken as a joke.
When the officer who faked the incident first told Hornaday, he did so through a text message containing a picture of the cup with the insult on it.
Hornaday himself then uploaded the image to Facebook, saying it was a “black eye for Junction City.” After it was revealed that the incident was faked, he amended his words.
“[T]his is absolutely a black eye on law enforcement.” Hornaday continued, “I truly hope that the former officer…that did this, I hope he understands the magnitude of the black eye that this gives the law enforcement profession from coast to coast. None of us can be excluded from that.”