McDonald's worker serves unsuspecting police officer drink tainted with "four little squirts" of cleaner fluid
A McDonald's worker has been charged after allegedly pouting a peroxide-based cleaner into a law enforcement officer's drink.
A McDonald's worker gave a Kansas sheriff's deputy more than what he asked for after he ordered a drink at the outlet's drive-through counter. Lola Police Chief Jared Warner revealed that while going through the McDonald's drive-through, the said Allen County Sheriff's Office deputy was offered a drink contaminated with cleaner liquid.
Warner said that as part of an ongoing police investigation into the case, 22-year-old Trevor J. Hockaday was arrested in the 300 block of East Street on September 12. He was booked on suspicion of aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, The Wichita Eagle reports. Bryan Murphy, the Allen County Sheriff deputy who ordered a drink (iced tea/coke) at the said drive-through counter, suffered flu-like symptoms after consuming the drink. Fortunately, he didn't have to miss any work days as the symptoms surfaced on his off-days.
“He thought he caught the bug, but we found out two weeks later when an employee came forward and told the police department,” Murphy said.
The said McDonald's employee reportedly added "four little squirts" of a peroxide-based cleaner to the drink which is otherwise used to wipe down counters at the restaurant. Murphy said Hockaday's coworkers subsequently gave their respective witness statements to investigating officers.
“In today’s day and age, not only us in law enforcement but citizens as a whole, there’s enough going on out there that we have to worry about ... now my guys are cautious about going through that drive through,” Murphy said. “We all chose this line of work to protect and serve. Now my guys have that concern of is my food safe.”
The police chief said he would have been even more appalled if a member of the general public or a child had been targeted instead of one of his officers. An internal investigation before authorities intervened led to Hockaday's suspension, according to Murphy, who learned the same when he contacted the McDonald's regional office in Joplin, Mo. However, the incident was never reported to law enforcement. Adulterating or contaminating “any food, raw agricultural commodity, beverage, drug, animal feed, plant or public water supply” is a felony under Kansas law.
Murphy said that according to a regional restaurant official, the local manager had not told regional or corporate managers about the incident. The said official told the sheriff that contacting law enforcement when tainted food is reported was not a part of their procedure. However, he said he would escalate the issue to superiors in order to bring required changes to their policy.
“In our restaurants, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers,” the local McDonald’s owner and operator Glen Nichols said in a statement. “We are very disappointed by the allegations made regarding the behavior of one of our former crew members. This kind of behavior goes against our food safety standards and is not tolerated. Our organization will take all appropriate measures to gather facts and will work closely with authorities in their investigation.”
The incident is still under investigation, a spokeswoman for the fast-food giant has said.