It’s no secret that tensions between police officers and citizens are high throughout America during the George Floyd protests, but rumors of Shake Shack employees intentionally serving bleach to the NYPD appear to be greatly exaggerated–by the NYPD.
The story began last night when three NYPD officers went to the hospital after receiving milkshakes from a New York City Shake Shack. The story quickly ballooned into a scandal when unions and groups representing police officers tweeted about the story insinuating that Shake Shack employees had intentionally poisoned the officers with bleach. The NYC Police Benevolent Association tweeted, “When NYC police officers cannot even take meal without coming under attack, it is clear that environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level” [SIC].
#BREAKING When NYC police officers cannot even take meal without coming under attack, it is clear that environment in which we work has deteriorated to a critical level. We cannot afford to let our guard down for even a moment. pic.twitter.com/fbMMDOKqbV
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 16, 2020
In a now-deleted tweet, the NYC PD Detectives Endowment Association firmly stated the officers were “intentionally poisoned by one or more workers at the Shake Shack at 200 Broadway in Manhattan.” From there, the story reached Fox News host Sean Hannity, who tweeted that the drinks were “spiked” with a toxic substance.
NYPD Officers Hospitalized After Drinks Spiked With ‘Toxic Substance’ At Shake Shack https://t.co/Xw8ruf1Qc1
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 16, 2020
However, the claims of intentional poisoning were soon disputed, as an NYPD investigation into the matter found there was no criminal activity on behalf of Shake Shack’s employees. Investigators believe a cleaning solution used in the establishment’s milkshake machines may not have been fully cleared before the officers received their milkshakes.
After a thorough investigation by the NYPD’s Manhattan South investigators, it has been determined that there was no criminality by shake shack’s employees.
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) June 16, 2020
Twitter users were not thrilled with the way the NYPD and its representatives handled the situation, particularly leveling accusations of criminal poisoning before investigating the matter.
I get diarrhea from Shake Shack almost every time I eat there but you don’t see me opening an investigation
— At the Mountains of Mattness (@drmattdambrosio) June 16, 2020
having a big-ass milkshake for dinner, getting explosive diarrhea 20 minutes later, and blaming antifa sleeper cells for poisoning my shake shack. new york’s finest
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 16, 2020
Shake Shack shit timeline:
-Shake machine cleaned
-First shakes out of machine have residual cleaner
-Cops get shakes that taste funny
-Cops go to hospital assuming poison
-Police union publicly assumes attempted homicide
-Media reports assumptions
-Conservative Twitter explodes
— Scott Santens🧢🤠 (@scottsantens) June 16, 2020
And thus we all learn a valuable lesson: diarrhea is usually not a result of attempted homicide.