Daily Mail reports:
A Taco Bell employee was fired after writing ‘F*** pigs’ on the bottom of an officer’s takeout bag.
The Houston police officer grabbed food from the Taco Bell on 8919 Spring Cypress Road on Tuesday.
After the officer took his food home and ate it, he discovered the derogatory phrase.
The officer immediately posted a photo on Facebook and called his union, which contacted Taco Bell.
‘The officer was extremely upset when he saw that on his bag,’ Joseph Gamaldi, vice president, Houston Police Officers Union told KPRC2.
Shortly after seeing the post on Facebook, Taco Bell initially said: ‘We take this seriously. We don’t tolerate discrimination and are looking into this immediately.’
Not long after, the company released a statement confirming that the employee had been fired and apologizing to the officer.
‘B&G Food Enterprises, the franchise owner of this Spring, Texas location, and Taco Bell in no way endorse this sentiment.
‘We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country. The franchisee does not tolerate discrimination in any way, and in the course of the investigation has terminated the employee involved.’
‘B&G Food has contacted the officer and the Houston Police Officers Union to apologize directly and assure them of their ongoing support of law enforcement,’ the statement read.
Gamaldi told KHOU that ‘Taco Bell really stepped up to the plate’ by firing the employee, apologizing to the officer and apologizing ‘to every single Houston police officer’.
The incident happened the same day two other officers were shot and hospitalized after an altercation with a 52 Hoover Crips gang member.
Officers Ronny Cortez and Jose Muñoz were shot in Southwest Houston while responding to a burglary, according to Chron.com.
Earl Donnell Riley, who was just released from prison 10 months ago, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the officers.
Riley, who died at the scene of the crime, was one of two suspects. The second unidentified suspect is still at large.
Officer Muñoz was released from a hospital on Wednesday, while Officer Cortez is still at Memorial Hermann with a bullet lodged close to his spine.