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Front Page August 7, 2018  RSS feed

Not everything you read on the internet is true

By Mac Shadix

Perhaps the strangest thing about fake news on the internet is that anyone ever believes anything written by strangers who often use a fake “users name” if any name at all. It is all very much like third grade playground.

A recent incident in Waco where a Freestone County Deputy was accused of writing a racist comment on a restaurant ticket is a good example. Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley investigated the incident and issued a statement that he shared with The Buffalo Press.

“On the night of July 30, 2018, Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley received a report from an employee of the Fuji Japanese Steak House in Waco stating that an employee of the Freestone County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) had written a racist remark on a check against the Hispanic community. On July 31, Sheriff Shipley personally met with the owner of Fuji Japanese Steak House and reviewed video footage of the time duration for which the Freestone County Sheriff’s Office employee was inside the business, compared the handwriting on the receipt to different sources and gathered further information.

Sheriff Shipley, with assistance from McGregor Police Department, then met with the waitress of whom waited on the table where the FCSO employee was served and where the racial comment was said to have occurred on the receipt/ticket/bill that the waitress gave to the table.

During the conversation with the waitress, the waitress confessed to writing the racial comment on the ticket herself due to being upset that day. The waitress confirmed that she took the ticket book containing the ticket/bill from the customers at the table, went into the restroom, and hand wrote, herself, on the receipt the racial comment.

The waitress advised that she was sorry for what she did and advised that she didn’t know it would create this type of problem.

As the Sheriff of Freestone County, I wanted to personally make sure that I received all the information pertaining to a complaint of this nature on one of my employees and that’s why it was me knocking on doors this morning. We have a great community here in Freestone County. We would rather spread love than hate and that’s exactly what I also expect from my office. I will not tolerate nor employ any person(s) that I know to be of racial mind or intentions.

The character and integrity of this employee and my office has been attacked based on a lie that spread through social media. My employee did not deserve this, nor does my office or any law enforcement agency in this state or across America. This is a perfect time to remind people that just because it’s on social media doesn’t make it true. Do not spread rumors or lies just because you red it on Facebook. Our employee and the immediate family has received numerous hate messages from this fabricated lie. I’m Hopeful that the same people who were so mean and hateful without fact checking, will now message apologizing for their actions now that the facts of this unfitted situation has come to light.

I think it’s very important to state that owner and manager of Fuji Japanese Steak House was very cooperative and willing to assist in any way possible through the investigation.”

Things on Facebook may have been written by Russian agents, Jihadists, or convicts, or by third graders. If you pass these hateful posts on, without doing due diligence you are causing more hate and division in our country.

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