Burger King Employees Fired After Serving Burned Burger With a Pig Drawn on Wrapper to a Police Officer

Several Burger King employees in New Mexico have been fired after drawing a picture of a pig on the wrapper of a food order placed by a local police officer.

Timo Rosenthol, of the Clovis Police Department, sparked debate on Facebook after uploading an image showing the derogatory scribbling, which quickly went viral.

"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," Rosenthal wrote on his Facebook account last week.

The post has since attracted more than 3,500 comments and 1,400 shares. Pig is one of many slang terms associated with law enforcement and spiked in popularity in America amid clashes between police and protesters during the 1968 National Democratic Convention in Chicago.

The vice president of the Clovis Burger King branch told KRQE News 13 the franchise does not condone the behavior of the multiple staff members involved, who have not been identified. A spokesperson told the New Mexico news outlet a total of five employees had been let go.

Reacting to the story, Clovis residents told KRQE that the drawing was clearly offensive. "This is totally wrong and it's not the way New Mexico should ever be," one New Mexico man stated. A local woman added: "They're depicting a pig in the drawing, and... that's derogatory."

Well, while on lunch break (and in uniform) I ordered food at Burger King and received this. The patties were burnt and...

Posted by Timo Rosenthal on Thursday, August 8, 2019

On Facebook, debate swirled under the image of the burger wrapper. Messages of support clashed with users posting laughing emojis and memes under Rosenthol's post.

"Please excuse the ignorant people," one of the 3,500-plus commenters wrote. "Thank you for all you and your brothers in blue across the country do daily to keep up safe."

In a statement to Fox News, a Burger King spokesperson said the restaurant in question will offer free meals to uniformed personnel and a catered lunch to the police department.

"What occurred is unacceptable and not in line with our brand values," a statement read. "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 chief of the Clovis Police Department told KRQE that he was "disappointed" one of his staff had been treated with disrespect during the incident, which happened on Thursday last week.