Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday told reporters that the officer "fabricated" the whole story for unknown reasons. He even went to the same outlet for a coffee as a show of faith in the community.
Earlier this year, a police officer from Kansas claimed that his McDonald's coffee cup had "f*cking pig" written across it, instead of his name. At the time, Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday called out the establishment for their deplorable behavior. As one would expect, it was quite the controversy when it first occurred. However, in a follow-up report by Fox News, it turns out that the officer was lying after all. According to the news outlet, he had "fabricated" the entire thing. The police officer has since been removed from the department.
BREAKING: The Herington police chief says the "former" officer fabricated a story saying the Junction City McDonald's wrote a expletive on his coffee cup. The officer is no longer with the department. #KAKEnews— Deb Farris KAKE News (@Deb_Farris) December 31, 2019
The update was announced at a press conference held on Monday. Chief Hornaday stated, "This was completely and solely fabricated by a Herington police officer who is no longer with our agency. Moving forward, the Herington Police Department will work tirelessly to regain to loss of trust with both McDonald's and with the citizens that we serve." Reportedly, the police officer in question was 23 years old and had been serving with the Herington police department for only two months before the incident took place. Hornaday called the shocking incident a "black-eye for law enforcement" and duly informed reporters that no criminal charges will be filed.
It was confirmed that the officer fabricated the whole experience after a detailed and thorough review of the franchise's surveillance footage. Dana Cook, the owner of the instigated McDonald's branch, argued that the security video proved that none of his employees committed absolutely no wrongdoing. "My McDonald’s [has] the utmost respect for all members of law enforcement and the military and were troubled by the accusation made," he affirmed. "We thoroughly reviewed our security video from every angle, which clearly shows the words were not written by one of our employees."
The incident first went viral when the police officer took to Facebook to post about his experience. "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.’ No thank you," Hornaday had initially posted. "A Big Mac and large fries doesn’t make up for it. The United States veteran who continues to serve deserves much more. This is not only bad for McDonald's, but is also a black eye for Junction City." But an investigation revealed the truth of the matter.
Therefore, the Police Chief stated, "We can see that, how something so serious can so out of control very, very quickly. The most important thing that could have been done and should have been done in this scenario was to come forward immediately prior to damage being done, prior to this becoming a nationwide incident... We do not believe the actions of one individual represent the feeling of our community as a whole, a community we are proud to serve." Finally, Hornaday announced that an officer would visit the McDonald's branch as a "show of faith." He said, "As a show of faith in our community the Sheriff and some of his command staff will be visiting to have a cup of coffee Monday morning." While this may be a kind gesture, it is rather terrifying to see just how much power police officers wield in their local communities. This should be a reminder to all law enforcement officers to do better for their communities.