A Kansas police officer and his fiancé found an unexpected message written on the wrappers of their food after they placed an order at a taco bell drive-through in Newton, Kansas.
The couple was shocked to see the word “PIG” scrawled on the wrappers of the fast food orders. The officer’s fiance posted a picture on Facebook of the derogatory term written on the orders. She wrote, “THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!! You know how angry this makes me.” The photo went viral over the weekend, and many in the community outside Wichita rallied behind the officer.
The couple was told they could bring the five tacos back and have them remade. But that was not an option since they were both working.
“It’s very disappointing and it’s very sad that an individual would do something like this,” Newton Police Chief Eric Murphy told KAKE.
Taco Bell’s senior director of operations confirmed that the employee responsible has been fired and had this to say: “We do not share the same belief or view as the employee whatsoever. Our company, Taco Bell, has always been pro-law enforcement, military. We’ve always supported the police in our community. Many of our restaurants give police discounts when they come in and eat.”
Jeff Graves also told local media stations that he met with the lieutenant of the Newton Police Department and they’re going to plan a community event within the next week to show support for the officers in that community.
The police department’s Facebook page reads, “We understand the incident was the action of an individual, and do not hold ill will to Taco Bell or any of its employees, even the individual who wrote the message.”
According to Newton PD, the store manager was terribly apologetic for the actions of her employee. Their official statement continued, “We look forward to a long partnership with this local business, and sincerely hope this negative experience can be a catalyst for positive change.”