Anti-cop slur or misunderstanding? Pizzeria at center of 'pig' controversy

A pizza place is taking some heat from local residents after a local cop allegedly accused an employee of scrawling

EAST BRUNSWICK -- A pizzeria is taking some heat from local residents after a local cop allegedly accused an employee of scrawling "pig" on a pizza box. 

The owner of the eatery, Frank Mancini, however, adamantly denies the claim, calling it a misunderstanding over a box marked with a "P" for plain pie and a symbol for a garlic twist, not "pig."

"This has been a nightmare," Mancini told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview. "We love cops. People just want to blow it up for our business to fail."

Emails to the East Brunswick PBA were not immediately returned for comment. 

The incident happened on Aug. 1 when an East Brunswick officer went to pick up lunch at Mancini Pizza, according to Mancini.

While the officer waited for her order, Mancini's brother, who was working the counter had marked the box with a sharpie and put it on the oven awaiting a pickup, according to Mancini.

Mancini said the officer yelled at his brother, asking why he had written "pig" on her order. The brother denied that's what the box and said the order wasn't hers, according to Mancini. 

The officer responded "OK, whatever ... I'm just having a bad day," according to Mancini. 

The officer eventually left without her food after exchanging words with the delivery driver and Mancini, according to the owner. 

Mancini said he saved the box and sent it around to police he was friendly with to show it didn't have "pig" written on it.

Mancini refused to share the photos with NJ Advance Media, saying he would have to discuss with legal counsel. 

The story has sparked a rash of backlash on social media, urging people to boycott the restaurant, which is located at the intersection of Tices Lane and Route 18.

Yelp has since flagged the pizza place's business page and is monitoring the comments on the site as result of the string of Facebook posts. 

Craig McCarthy may be reached at 732-372-2078 or at CMcCarthy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @createcraig and on Facebook here. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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