A police officer has resigned after falsely claiming that McDonald’s staff had written the words “f****** pig” on his coffee cup.
A picture of the cup, supposedly given to the officer on his way to work, went viral after being posted on Facebook by one of his bosses, police chief Brian Hornaday.
But the owner of the McDonald’s restaurant in Junction City, Kansas, firmly rejected claims that one of their staff was responsible and said security footage proved the words were not written on the premises.
In the now-removed Facebook post, Mr Hornaday wrote: “Thus behaviour has been, is and always will be wrong.”
He later said he trusted the allegations were true because “it would be foolish of any law enforcement agency or professional to not take the word of their police officer”.
The officer involved in the incident had only been with the police department for two months, but had spent five years as a military police officer in the army previously.
He admitted making the story up and said it had been intended to be a joke.
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Mr Hornaday said: “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.”
In a statement, restaurant owner Dana Cook said: “My McDonald’s has 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.”