Usually when we are posting these hoax stories, it is busting a liberal’s false claims. This time we are busting a police officer’s claim.
Last week, an officer of the Herington, Kansas, Police Department reported finding the words “fucking pig” on his McDonald’s order. The news went viral — as these stories often do — and the nation went crazy for this “example” of yet another police officer disrespected by some crummy millennial at a fast food joint.
The incident was reported on December 29 by Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday who posted a photo of the McDonald’s cup in question.
“My reaction based on the initial incident was just my reaction based on what I believe, and that’s a police officer who is sworn to protect, their integrity is of the highest order, and it would be foolish of any law enforcement agency or professional to not take the word of their police officer until they can be proven otherwise,” said.
“This is what he paid for. 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,'” Hornaday added. “No thank you. A Big Mac and large fries doesn’t make up for it. The US Veteran who continues to serve deserves much more. This is not only bad for McDonalds, but is also a black eye for Junction City. I apologize for the foul language, but covering it up would take away the full effect. Please share!”
But after an investigation, Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday found a very different story.
By Sunday, the story had already begun to fall apart. Dana Cook, the owner of the Junction City McDonald’s, told KSNT-TV, “My McDonald’s have the utmost respect for all members of law enforcement and the military and were troubled by the accusation made. 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.”
Not long after the restaurant owner’s comment, Chief Hornaday suddenly deleted his Facebook page, as well as the department’s page.
“This was completely and solely fabricated by a Herington police officer no longer employed with the agency,” Hornaday admitted on Monday.
The chief added that the officer did it as a “joke,” and he is now an ex-officer.
“I truly hope the former officer of the Herington Police Department that did this understands the magnitude of the black eye this gives the law enforcement profession from coast to coast,” Hornaday said.
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