Houston, TX - After a Houston police officer ate his food from Taco Bell, he noticed a profane message for him on the bottom of the bag.
The incident occurred on March 1 at the Houston Taco Bell located at 8919 Spring Cypress Road, which was the same day that Houston Police Officers Ronny Cortez and Jose Munoz were shot. The Houston Police Officer, who has not been identified, went to the Taco Bell at that location, picked up some food, and went home to eat it. When he was done eating, the officer picked the bag up to throw it away and noticed the handwritten message on the bottom of the bag. That message said "Fuck Pigs."
The Houston Police Officer has filed a report with his agency. He has not felt ill or had any side effects yet so perhaps it was just the handwritten message and his food was not actually tampered with. He also posted a message on social media that said "so is this how you really feel about police Taco Bell?"
The officer called the Houston Police Officers Union, which contacted Taco Bell. The national chain and its local franchise immediately conducted an investigation and terminated the employee, who was not identified, according to WLTX .
Joe Gamaldi, of the Houston Police Officers Union, said "Taco Bell really stepped up to the plate. They fired the employee, and not only apologized to the officer, but to every single Houston Police Officer.
In a statement, Taco Bell said:
"B&G Food Enterprises, the franchise owner of this Spring, Texas location, and Taco Bell in no way endorse this sentiment. We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country. The franchisee does not tolerate discrimination in any way, and in the course of the investigation has terminated the employee involved. B&G Food has contacted the officer and the Houston Police Officers Union to apologize directly and assure them of their ongoing support of law enforcement."
This is the first such incident we know of at this franchise location, but Taco Bell has a history of responding swiftly and appropriately to employee misconduct toward police officers.
Let's spread the word that this is the appropriate way to handle problem anti-police employees. Companies should be recognized for doing the right thing, and we appreciate Taco Bell's response.
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