A 23-year-old police officer has resigned in disgrace after a viral photo claiming that a McDonald’s employee wrote “f***ing pig” on his coffee cup was determined to be a lie fabricated by the officer. The police chief acknowledged that the officer had lied and called the entire situation “a black eye on law enforcement.”
[Scroll Down For Video]
Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday confirmed to the media that the viral photo taken by his unnamed 23-year-old officer was “completely and solely fabricated.” On the day of the alleged incident, Chief Hornaday went on Facebook to detail what had supposedly happened to one of his officers at a drive-thru at a Kansas McDonald’s.
With the internet mob behind him, Hornaday proceeded to lambast the McDonald’s in question, demanding the employee or employees responsible be fired. Hornaday even went as far as to proclaim that the McDonald’s would not hand over the security tape of that particular day, according to his Facebook post.
Dana Cook, the owner of the McDonald’s in question, was adamant that none of her employees were involved in the writing of the “vulgar message,” The Daily Mail reported. It didn’t take long for the unnamed officer’s story to unravel. As the truth came out, Hornaday publicly apologized to the McDonald’s.
“This was completely and solely fabricated by a Herington police officer no longer employed with the agency,” Hornaday said after an investigation concluded the officer was lying. “The investigation that I conducted showed that this was meant to be a joke. However, we can see that how something so serious can get so out of control very, very quickly.”
“The most important thing that could have been done and should have been done in this scenario would be to come forward immediately… however, unfortunately that was not done,” Hornaday concluded.
It’s unclear why the officer, who was only on the force for two months after five previous years in the Army, would lie about this.
“We took seriously our role to be transparent and fully cooperative with Chief Hornaday throughout his investigation and we look forward to continuing a strong relationship with the department,” Cook told ABC News.
“Our McDonald’s family maintains great respect for all members of law enforcement and the military, and it is with great pride that our restaurant is always open to you.”
The officer is not expected to face any criminal charges.