A photo depicting the word "pig" scribbled on an officer's fast food order went viral and prompted a response from a police department.
An officer in Newton, KS allegedly received the order from a Taco Bell employee.
"There is a photo depicting a derogatory term written on the food wrappers of one of our officers who stopped in to our local Taco Bell to pick up dinner for himself and his fiance last night," the officer's department posted on Facebook. "The photo has gone viral causing strong emotions to be voiced in opposition to one of our local businesses. We do not support this sentiment."
Police said the photo was posted to social media, but not by a member of the department.
"The store manager is terribly apologetic of the actions of her employee and assures us the situation is being handled appropriately," the department's post continued. "A meeting this morning with the Senior Director of Operations yielded positive results, and we are actively working to develop a partnership with Taco Bell to host a community event in the near future."
Police said they understood that the action was the result of the single person and that they did not hold Taco Bell or any of its employees responsible.
"We look forward to a long partnership with this local business, and sincerely hope this negative experience can be a catalyst for positive change," the post concluded.
The photo ignited a firestorm of criticism against the restaurant.
People took to Twitter to voice their opinions.
"@tacobell you have a little problem here. Better take care of it. Taco Bell (Newton, KS) approaching 200+ #madpeople," one Tweet read.
Others took to Facebook.
"This is blatantly discriminatory and completely disrespectful towards the men and women who serve and protect our community everyday," said a review on Taco Bell's Facebook page.
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