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Report: Deputy given vulgar Bo-Berry biscuit at NC Bojangles'

Posted January 29, 2019 11:53 a.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2019 1:06 p.m. EST

— Bojangles' has fired an employee after a deputy allegedly received a Bo-Berry biscuit at an Onslow County restaurant with an icing design that spelled, "F U."

Daniel Pridgen, a sheriff's deputy in Jones County, was in uniform when he stopped at a Bojangles' in Richlands on Monday on his way home from work.

Pridgen said he ordered roasted chicken bites at the drive-thru and was asked to pull forward and wait while they cooked. After 15 minutes passed, Pridgen told WRAL News he walked inside the restaurant to find out what was taking so long.

Pridgen said the person at the counter was apologetic and offered him complimentary Bo-Berry biscuits for his long wait.

When the deputy got home, he opened the box and saw "F U" spelled out in icing letters on one of the biscuits.

Pridgen took a photo of the biscuit and posted it to his Facebook page. The post spread quickly, and he was contacted twice by the franchise owner.

WRAL News received this statement from Bojangles' franchisee, Tands, located in Kinston:

"We became aware of the incident that took place at our Richlands restaurant last evening and took immediate action. After contacting the customer directly and conducting a thorough investigation, the employee responsible was immediately terminated. This type of behavior is not consistent with our values or our culture, and it will not be tolerated at any Tands restaurant. We apologize to anyone who was offended by the actions of this former employee."

Pridgen told WRAL News, "I don’t blame Bojangles'. I believe this was an isolated incident with certain employees."

He added that he is pleased with the restaurant's apology.