McDonald's Denies Their Employees Scrawled Vulgar Message On Cop's Order

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A Herington police officer's McDonald's cup was labeled with an offensive message on Saturday.

Junction City, KS – A McDonald’s franchisee has denied allegations that one of her employees scrawled an expletive on a Herington police officer’s coffee order on Saturday morning.

Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday expressed outrage about the incident in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Chief Hornaday said that one of his officers stopped by the McDonald’s restaurant on South Washington just after 6 a.m. to pick up a cup of coffee, WIBW reported.

When he returned to the station, he realized that someone had scribbled the words “f--king pig” on the side of his cup.

“Although I understand this is likely the act of one person and not a representation of the company, when it was brought to their attention the company offered him a ‘free lunch,’” Chief Hornaday’s post read. “No thank you. A Big Mac and fries don’t make up for it.”

The chief noted that the officer involved in the incident is a U.S. military veteran who deserves to be treated far better.

"This police officer has never met the McDonald’s employee," he told WIBW. "He has spent the last two months serving the citizens of Herington, visiting patients at Herington Municipal Hospital during Christmas who couldn’t be home for the holidays, participating in a Christmas give away at Herington Elementary School and many other positive things geared towards providing a positive future for the City of Herington."

Chief Hornady said he spent time reviewing security footage at the restaurant on Saturday, but that it didn’t show anything conclusive.

“The video evidence did not show...whether or not an employee of McDonald’s had written that on the receipt,” he said, according to NBC News.

On Sunday, franchisee Dana Cook announced that she found more video footage, and that she was confident that none of her employees were responsible for writing the vulgar message, KSNT reported.

“My McDonald’s have the utmost respect for all members of law enforcement and the military and were troubled by the accusation made,” Cook told the news outlet. “We thoroughly reviewed our security video from every angle, which clearly shows the words were not written by one of our employees. We look forward to working with Chief Hornaday as he continues his investigation.”

The restaurant told the chief that they would bring him the video on Sunday, but ultimately canceled due to poor roads.

They said they will show him the footage on Monday, KSNT reported.

“There is a whole lot more to the story than what is being portrayed online,” Chief Hornady told KIBW. “Hopefully, McDonald's will follow through with showing me the video that didn’t exist when I met with them Saturday night.”

“It doesn’t appear this matter is going to be resolved anytime soon,” the chief noted.

The Geary County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) first weighed in on the situation in a Facebook post on Saturday, urging citizens not to judge the situation too quickly.

“We don’t know the whole story and are saddened by seeing this incident in our community,” the post read. “However, we at the Geary County Sheriff's Office, believe this was an isolated incident and have faith in management at McDonald's to get to the bottom of the situation.”

“As a show of faith in our community the Sheriff and some of his command staff will be visiting [McDonald’s] to have a cup of Coffee Monday morning,” the GCSO added.

The department doubled-down on its stance in a second post on Monday.

“The Geary County Sheriff’s Office is standing by its original statement in reference to the incident at McDonald’s,” the GCSO said. “It is saddening to see this incident in our community no matter who wrote on the officer’s cup.”

Comments (73)
Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

WHY are LEO's buying coffee outside their precincts? Anything could be used as an additive. Let them all contribute if they have to, to get a great coffee maker/espresso maker and get their own before they head out or make it at home. You see so much of this going on with food also and it bewilders me why they wouldn't do more to protect themselves. It shouldn't have to be this way but some day an officer will come up dead after eating or drinking something just because the employee of "where ever" didn't like cops...

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

No conclusive evidence. It's just as likely that a worker wrote that as it is for a snowflake to write that on his cup and cry about it on Facebook.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

So the phrase just magically appeared on the cup? When it was handed over, was there anything written on the cup? If it was on the cup before it was handed over, than that's conclusive evidence that someone wrote it, even if not evidence who actually did it.

Turn the video evidence over to the Sheriff's office. Let the professionals determine what conclusive evidence exists. You'll forgive me if I don't take the word of a McDonald's franchise owner who is looking to avoid negative PR, that has afflicted many other companies who don't condone this type of behavior only to see it occur again and again, when she claims none of her employees wrote it.

flybynight
flybynight

Makes me wonder about the management as well as the help. Managed by the Amish or Norwegian?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

They need video cameras in all fast food places. The technology is cheap and will end this shit. I worked at a mortgage origination firm that had them and they worked great. However, they need to be fed to corporate as well, so the franchise owners can't cover it up.

Janken
Janken

I wouldnt trust any fast food place employees. Half of them are fake and flakes that would do anything I. The policeman 's drink or food. Those that are so a stupid to do this should never get a job in food service. Punks

ElleD
ElleD

The story said it was written on his cup, and that is a receipt the words are written on. It is also a little strange that a receipt would have stuck all the way to the station without falling off. I for one would like the video to be reviewed for the correct story.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The Herington police chief said a former police officer fabricated an incident with a McDonald’s coffee cup involving an expletive and a pejorative “as a joke.”

Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday said in a news conference that a police officer at the center of the case is no longer with the department.

“This is now, absolutely, a black eye on law enforcement,” Hornaday said in the news conference.

Keeblertime
Keeblertime

Turns out the cop made it all up to get attention. Bitch ass pig.

flybynight
flybynight

This has been updated. 23 year old man child deputy has resigned after trying to pull a Jussie Smullet. He's out the door as he should be.

61mouse
61mouse

Asshole made it up . Like there isn't 1to many assholes already that do this

stxnpx
stxnpx

This seemed likely, since the name was clearly written after the receipt had been stuck to the cup instead of covertly while it was hidden behind the counter. I'm glad they fired the jerk. For all of you good cops out there - stay safe, have a great new year, and know that a lot of civilians have your backs!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#poposillies

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Officer had been on the job less than two months. Now admits he made it up. Son of a bitch ought be charged with a crime, just like all the bastards that file fake hate crime reports ought be charged with a crime. All are just trying to incite a riot literately and figuratively. Bastard.

Wish505
Wish505

I always positioned myself to make sure I had eyes on my foods and drinks order. Thankfully in the geographical area I live in we don't have as many commie stupid snowflakes working fast foods. Which I feel is lucky seeing that Oklahoma University is so close. That place is cover up heaven for the stuff that goes on there.

Deny777
Deny777

WHY on earth would a Cop do that? STUPID. Not to mention the negative publicity for that McDonalds. What a MORON!!!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I didn't see an apology from the department. Even after the store offered free coffee and lunch to assuage the butt hurt cop.


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