we don't sell pickles to cops. period. pic.twitter.com/rWL3UWmqd1— GARY DUCKET (@garyducket) December 3, 2014
Nascent pickle company Gary Ducket — which counts among its partners Pizza Brain owner Brian Dwyer, and shares an address with the pizza shop — posted the above statement to their social media accounts today, declaring, "we don't sell pickles to cops. period." On Instagram, they added the hashtag #neverwill. [Note: the Facebook and Instagram posts have since been edited to exclude the caption.] The same cartoon was also posted, without caption, to Dwyer's own Facebook page.
It's worth noting that Gary Ducket has not yet begun to sell pickles to the public in a broad sense. After a failed Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, the small-batch pickles have popped up at one-off events, and have been available in a limited capacity through Pizza Brain.
Attached to the tweet is a political cartoon by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff, which depicts a pig wearing a police officer's uniform under a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood. The cartoon, posted to Latuff's website last month, is one of many the artist has put out amid protests following the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Today's tweet came amid reactions to a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the July 17 death of Eric Garner.
The post met with a small number of negative comments on Instagram, and one anonymous Yelp user was quick to post a pair of retaliatory reviews.
Eater has reached out to Dwyer, who was not immediately available for comment.