UPDATE 1:15 P.M.
Minnesota's Largest Candy Store says it has fired an employee after a series of offensive messages were sent from its Facebook account.
Owner Robert Wagner told KARE 11 that the store initially thought the account had been hacked by a non-employee, but has subsequently discovered a "longtime" worker was responsible for the offensive content (more on that below).
That worker has now been sacked, KARE reports.
Despite initially saying it was hacked, the business and apple farm off of Hwy. 169 has since said in a post on Google it had launched an internal investigation as to which of its employees – several of whom have access to the social media account – had posted the messages.
"The screenshots showing the messages by no means reflect the views of the owners or the Jim’s Apple Farm family as a whole," it said.
"We sincerely apologize that this event occurred and are in the process of determining action going forward," added, noting that if it was found to have been the work of an employee, they would be fired.
Minnesota's Largest Candy Store is at the center of a controversy after offensive messages purportedly sent from its Facebook account went viral, with the company claiming it was hacked.
The post that garnered the immediate attention has more than 3,800 shares on Facebook, and it shows the famous candy store's yellow sign with a message that reads "Join the movement" and "#CaramelApplesMatter."
That sign, which is from 2015, prompted a Facebook user (identified as "Travis" in the posts) to message the candy store saying "Black Lives Matter," to which someone responded: "All lives matter. Even yours."
The user then posted an image that with numerous lines of "#BlackLivesMatter," which the candy store replied "Cute" and "No. All lives matter. It's sad what is going on in the world right now."
Another screen shot shows a separate message to a user saying:
"Here's a joke: Travis! No! Please come back! We'll never make it without you! Whatever can we do to please you, oh wise one? But really, you should try a Caramel apple, then when you're done, put the stick [SIC] up your a** sideways you f*** head!"
In a statement to its Facebook page Friday morning, Minnesota's Largest Candy Store apologized and initially said it was hacked.
"We got hacked. We apologize to the persons that was attacked and treated unfairly. Our posted hours of operation were also hacked, so, to be clear, we are open from 8 A.M. until 8 P.M. every day until after Thanksgiving."
A post sent out late Thursday night updated the store's hours, saying it was open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Bring Me The News has been unable to contact the candy store, which has removed its contact information from Facebook and it doesn't list a phone number online.