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NJ pizzeria accused of writing 'pig' on cop's order, owner says it's a misunderstanding

The owner said the incident stemmed from a misunderstanding regarding the markings employees use while preparing orders


By PoliceOne Staff

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A police officer said a local pizzeria employee wrote “pigs” on her order when she went in to grab lunch. 

A Facebook post written Friday said a uniformed police officer went into Mancini Pizza last week and saw an employee write “pigs” on a pizza box, MyCentralJersey.com reported. She said she called out the employee and the owner got involved. 

Mancini wrote on Facebook that it was all a misunderstanding regarding the marks employees write on the boxes while preparing orders. (Photo/Mancini Pizza Facebook)
Mancini wrote on Facebook that it was all a misunderstanding regarding the marks employees write on the boxes while preparing orders. (Photo/Mancini Pizza Facebook)

The East Brunswick PBA wrote on Facebook that the officer “left without reimbursement or the food she purchased.”

Mancini wrote on Facebook that it was all a misunderstanding regarding the marks employees write on the boxes while preparing orders. He said she saw a box containing a plain slice of pizza and garlic twists, which had a “p” for the plain slice written on it and a squiggly symbol representing the garlic twists. 

"The officer thought that was her order," Mancini said. "Meanwhile, she ordered a panini, which goes in a single bag. It doesn't go in a box." 

He said his brother told the officer the box wasn’t her food and her panini was still in the oven. The PBA said the officer “refutes the claims made by Mancini Pizza regarding the matter and we stand by her account of the event.” They’re calling for a boycott of the restaurant as well.

 

On August 1st, a uniformed officer and member of the East Brunswick PBA Local #145 entered Mancini Pizza to purchase...

Posted by East Brunswick PBA Local 145 on Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mancini said he has family and friends that are police officers and several LEOs frequent his shop and their relationship is good with his employees.

"They don't even know us. They don't know how we treat police officers. We treat them with the utmost respect,” he said. “This is my livelihood, this is my family. This is what we've worked so hard for."

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