• A Herington, Kansas police officer claimed a McDonald’s employee wrote “Fucking Pig” on his coffee cup
  • The incident went viral but the owner of the McDonald’s owner quickly provided video evidence that none of her employees were responsible
  • Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday announced at a press conference on Monday the unidentified officer resigned

A Herington, Kansas police officer has resigned after he “fabricated” a story claiming a McDonald’s worker wrote “Fucking Pig” on his coffee cup over the weekend. Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday announced the unidentified officer’s resignation on Monday.

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The incident received nationwide attention after Hornaday made a post on Facebook with a picture of the vandalized cup that went viral. “One of my Officers decided to grab a coffee at the McDonalds located at 1127 South Washington in Junction City this morning on his way to work,” the post read. Hornaday claimed when the officer brought the incident up to management he was offered a “free lunch.”

“A Big Mac and large fries doesn’t make up for it,” Hornaday wrote. Hornaday says the incident is a “black eye for Junction City.” The post was later removed from his Facebook but not before the damage was already done. The story was found to be a lie after the McDonald’s store was able to provide evidence that none of their employees vandalized the officer’s cup.

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McDonald’s Proves The Story Was A Lie

Dana Cook—the owner of the McDonald’s in Junction City—made a written statement claiming the store had video evidence showing the store’s employee was not involved. Cook also stated that her McDonald’s has the “utmost respect for all members of law enforcement and the military and were troubled by the accusation made.”

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.

Dana Cook Via CBS News

Meant To Be A Joke

Hornaday responded to Cook be in a statement that sounded as if he doubted the claim video could clear the store employees. “There is a whole lot more to the story than what is being portrayed online. Hopefully, McDonald’s will follow through with showing me the video that didn’t exist when I met with them Saturday night,” Hornaday said. “It doesn’t appear this matter is going to be resolved anytime soon.”

In a statement on Monday, Hornaday said the officer fabricated the entire story. Hornaday’s investigation concluded the accusation “was meant to be a joke.” The officer had been with the Herington Police Department for two months.

We found that McDonald’s and its employees did not have anything whatsoever to do with this incident. This was completely and solely fabricated by a Herington police officer who is no longer employed with our agency.

Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday Via CBS News

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