Photo goes from private Facebook group to widespread in hours

A photo appeared on social media late Saturday night that is making the rounds in Newton, two wrapped packages from Taco Bell.


Allegedly handed to a Newton Police Officer at the drive thru, both packages have the word “Pig,” scrawled across them.


Lt. Bryan Hall told The Kansan Sunday morning that a Newton Police Department the officer, who has not been identified, went to the drive thru to get a quick dinner for himself and his fiancée on his lunch break. They discovered the scrawled words on the food they ordered when opening the bag.


“I have been contacted by the store manager and she indicates she has spoken with the officer and apologized for the employee's actions,” Lt.. Bryan Hall posted to Facebook.


The photo of the food, along with receipt, was first posted to a private Facebook group for police officer wives. It then began getting posted to public groups and has spread since.


Reaction to the photo has been outrage with calls for firings of employees and boycotts of the store.


"We do want to do something positive after this," Hall told the Kansan. "Just like we don't like it when people condemn the police department for the actions of one, we don't want that to happen to a local business."


Hall said the Police Department, Taco Bell management and others will be meeting Monday to try and coordinate a community event.


"There is a lot to do in a short amount of time," Hall said.