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Chipotle Apologizes for N.Y. Worker's Police Protest

December 30, 2014  | 

Two Chipotle chief executives have apologized to New York City police officers who were greeted by a restaurant employee making the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture popular with protesters, reports the Associated Press.

Co-Chief Executive Officers Steve Ells and Monty Moran said in a statement Monday that the employee's action appeared to be spontaneous. They said it happened at one of their Brooklyn restaurants on Dec. 16 when a group of nine police officers entered. They said the officers were not refused service, but chose to leave after encountering the gesture while in line.

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TC @ 12/30/2014 1:45 PM

While no single employee speaks for an entire company, PIO aside, I would not consider accepting the apology unless they first put a policy in place to prevent similar actions by other employees in the future.

Federali @ 12/30/2014 5:41 PM

Considering their position with hiring and keeping illegal alien employees, we know their stance on the rule of law. The appropriate action was probably to promote the guy to management! I won’t go there anymore (nor have I gone for the past couple of years), too bad, the food was pretty good.

topcop801 @ 12/31/2014 2:39 AM

They should be fired

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/31/2014 3:01 AM

The easiest way to impact a corporation like this is a national boycott of Chipotle by every LEO & their family and emergency responders in the country. Apology accepted but that does not take back the publicity nor does it deal with the derelict employees. A statement should be made on a national scale that enough is enough. Race has had nothing to do with any police shooting but Criminal vs Police is the only reason for the violence against the public and police.

XXXXX @ 12/31/2014 3:29 AM

Ima, I couldn't disagree with you more. In times like this, we need public support more than ever. Never hold a large company/group responsible because of one idiot in the bunch. That's like saying all cops are dirty and we should burn the city down because of the actions of a bad police officer or poor decision made by a good police officer. (I'm speaking in general terms. I'm not referring to any case specifically). Chipotle has always been a strong supporter of LEO's in my area. I would hope that officers and their family will continue to support the business.

eodk9trainer @ 12/31/2014 4:03 AM

I seriously doubt the LE community boycotting this chain will hurt them at all. The business did the right thing and apologized so why try and do more. We can often just get egg on our face by trying to stage a boycott. We can even call for the workers to be fired but all that will happen is that they will go get a minimum wage job in another restaurant.

Look a Little Deeper @ 12/31/2014 7:32 AM

One store, and possibly just one employee's thoughtless action, does not mean all Chipotle stores and employees are thoughtless and deserve to be the target of a boycott. All of us in law enforcement would like the public to avoid a rush to judgment against officers/deputies/troopers - shouldn't we do the same? Locally, Chipotle stores are VERY supportive of both law enforcement and the community, donating product and money to numerous community-based organizations. I appreciate their support and I absolutely will not indict all Chipotle restaurants for what is likely the thoughtless, one-time action of one employee. Every business, every agency recruits from the human race and mistakes will be made. In this case, I do not see any reason to believe there is a systemic problem and I appreciate the apology. I plan to move on and let this lie. It's beneath us to do more, unless new information emerges that does show this is a systemic problem.

Dustin Keener @ 12/31/2014 8:03 AM

eodk9trainer You are 100% correct ! "The business did the right thing and apologized so why try and do more."

"Ima Leprechaun"

" does not take back the publicity nor does it deal with the derelict employees "

Why "empower" someone that would otherwise be ignored ? There are elements in the media that generate even more publicity for this idiot.

"A statement should be made on a national scale that enough is enough. Race has had nothing to do with any police shooting but Criminal vs Police is the only reason for the violence against the public and police. "

I agree, a statement should be made. Calling for a boycott and demanding action be taken would only be a step moving in the opposite direction.

mailpup @ 1/17/2015 12:47 PM

The one thing I might be concerned with is if there are other Chipotle employees who are like this errant employee but just didn't demonstrate it publicly. I might be concerned with those people preparing your food if you know what I mean.

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