CLOVIS, N.M. – Burger King employees apparently played an immature prank on a New Mexico officer; and it backfired, costing them their jobs.
A police officer posted a picture of a Burger King wrapper he said he received from a restaurant in Clovis. A cartoon pig is drawn on the wrapper, and the photo bears the text, “When you order food in uniform.”
Not only did the wrapper contain the juvenile drawing, but the officer also asserts the food appeared to be “very poor quality.”
Timo Rosenthal uploaded the photo to Facebook. He captioned it, “Well, while on lunch break (and in uniform) I ordered food at Burger King and received this. The patties were burnt and the burger was of very poor quality. Guess that was the last time I ate at Burger King in Clovis, NM.”
People are reacting on Facebook, saying, “I bet if you ran a check on everyone who laughed at this post, you’d find a ton of arrest warrants,” and, “I’m so sorry that happened in my state. Thank you for your service.”
The chief of the Clovis Police Department told KRQE that he is “disappointed” that a law enforcement officer was treated in “a disrespectful and derogatory way.”
In a statement to Fox News, a spokesperson for Burger King said, “What occurred is unacceptable and not in line with our brand values. When made aware of the incident, the restaurant owner immediately reached out to the officer involved to apologize and terminated the team members involved.”
The statement continued to say what steps the restaurant is taking to make amends with local law enforcement. It says, “The restaurant is offering free meals to uniformed officers and will provide a catered lunch to the police department as a gesture of goodwill.”