Republicans suck at boycotts so I’m pretty sure Chipotle has nothing to worry about here.
According to Co-CEOs Steve Ells and Monty Moran, a group of nine NYPD officers entered a Brooklyn Chipotle restaurant and one employee raised his or her hands in “what appears to have been gesture of protest directed toward the NYPD.”
That gesture sparked outrage on Twitter and Facebook. Snopes is all over this claim. It’s debunked, but that won’t stop the police department’s right wing fan club.
Talking Points Memo reports:
The alleged incident involved employees at the Chipotle location on Montague Street in Brooklyn raising their hands in the “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture popular with anti-police brutality protesters after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. A Facebook user named Ray Melendez wrote about the incident on a page called “Thank you NYPD” on Dec. 17, along with a form letter of complaint he encouraged police supporters to send to Chipotle CEO Monty Moran.
Then on Sunday, after slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos was laid to rest, “Thank you NYPD” shared a slightly different account of the incident on its main page alleging that one employee made the “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture to a single officer and refused to serve him.
Ells and Moran said that the company reviewed the incident both in interviews with employees who were present and in video surveillance footage. The investigation concluded that the police officers left voluntarily after seeing the protest gesture and were not refused service, they said.
The co-CEOs said the company had taken “appropriate actions” to discipline the employee but would not elaborate on the specific actions taken.
“We work very hard to ensure that every customer in our restaurants feels welcome and is treated with respect,” they said. “Clearly, the actions of this crew member undermined that effort. In no way was the behavior of this crew member consistent with our culture and our values as a company.”
Dismissing the fact that Chipotle is police-friendly, or not researching it at all, right leaning Twitter users are continuing on their quest to boycott.
— Rune’s Truffles (@zatoth15) December 29, 2014
It was just one guy, FFS.
— I’m the Wildcard (@ShariRomine) December 29, 2014
Management already addressed the incident and again, it was one guy.
— The Trial File (@TheTrialFile) December 28, 2014
Again, again, again the worker has been reprimanded already.
Right wing blogger Chuck C. Johnson tries to form a sentence.
— Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) December 29, 2014
In short, Chipotle reviewed video footage of the NYPD officers’ visit to the Montague St. location and determined that what transpired involved not “the crew” of that outlet but a single employee who acted alone and has since been reprimanded. Chipotle has explicitly stated the behavior of that employee was neither condoned nor ignored (although they have not yet offered specifics of how the issue was handled). Chipotle confirmed that the eight NYPD officers were not denied service but rather left the restaurant of their own volitionGo out and buy yourself a Chipotle thingy. (Sorry, I’ve never eaten there, but I will go now).
So the cops opted to leave on their own and they were not refused service because of that one guy who was already reprimanded.
Boycott! Boycott! Chipotle hates cops because of that one guy!
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