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Monday, December 13, 2021

The Anti-Cop Hoax

     On Saturday, December 28, 2019, a police officer with the Herington, Kansas Police Department ordered a cup of coffee from the drive-through at a McDonald's in nearby Junction City. As the officer drove off with his coffee, he noticed that a McDonald's employee had written "f--ing pig" on the cup. The officer reported the incident to Chief of Police Brian Hornaday who posted the story, along with a photograph of the cup, on FaceBook. In a matter of hours the posting went viral and became a national story.

     Chief Hornaday, on Monday, December 30, 2019, held a press conference to announce that the officer had fabricated the McDonald's coffee cup story as a joke. The chief called the hoax a "black eye on the law enforcement community," and announced that the officer was no longer employed with the police department.

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