EAST BRUNSWICK — A pizzeria that a local police union has accused of anti-cop animus fired back Saturday by releasing a picture of a pizza box with writing that the eatery claims an officer mistook for a police slur.
The local PBA on Saturday issued a statement backing the police officer who claimed she saw the word “pig” or “pigs” written on the box when she went to Mancini Pizza on Route 18 to buy food on Aug. 1. A call to boycott the pizzeria had been circulating on Facebook for a few days, although the police union did not mention the boycott in their statement.
The union’s statement came after the pizzeria owner spoke to New Jersey 101.5 and other news organizations defending his restaurant, saying the uproar stemmed from the officer misinterpreting a shorthand squiggle on the box.
A day before the restaurant posted a picture of the purported box, owner Frank Mancini showed New Jersey 101.5 the same box, explaining that the “P” and squiggle that were written in marker on the box stood for a slice of plain pizza and an order of garlic twists.
The PBA denied that version of events and released a second statement Saturday saying that the photo “conjured up by Mancini Pizza, 11 days after the incident, is not an actual depiction of the original pizza box.”
“It is unfortunate, but not surprising that Mancini Pizza would attempt to cover up the truth and continue to avoid taking responsibility for the behavior of their employees,” the union said.
In its own statement, Mancini Pizza said that having been in business for seven years, the restaurant said they “instill in our workers the importance of treating all our customers with respect, dignity and appreciation.”
Police Chief James Conroy on Saturday said the department is investigating, but did not respond to questions asking what exactly the department was…