NEWTON, Kan. (KAKE) - A Taco Bell worker has been fired after writing "PIG" on a police officer's order over the weekend.
The officer and his fiancé ordered food at Taco Bell Saturday night in Newton, Kansas. When they received their order the word "PIG" had been written on top of some packaging. The message, they believe, was in reference to the officer's work in law enforcement.
The couple called and spoke to a manager on duty.
"I was told I could bring the 5 tacos back and she would have them remade," the couple told KAKE News. "I advised her that we were both working and that wasn't an option. She then said she would leave a note to refund our money and get the food remade."
Taco Bell followed up with an apology. Jeff Graves, senior director of operations for Taco Bell, says the worker who wrote "PIG" on the orders was let go from the job.
“We do not share the same belief or view as the employee whatsoever,” Graves said. “Our company, Taco Bell, has always been pro-law enforcement, military. We’ve always supported the police in our community. Many of our restaurants give police discounts when they come in and eat.”
Graves said he reached out to the officer and the officer’s fiancé once he learned of the situation.
“We’ve of course apologized to him, all the Newton Police officers and, in fact, everyone in the community,” Graves said. “In fact, I’ve even met with the lieutenant with the Newton Police Department this morning, and we’re even going to plan a community event working with the Newton Police officers within the next week just to show our support for the officers and the community.”