Rumors have recently circulated online that a Chipotle restaurant denied two NYPD officers in Brooklyn, New York, service. Now, the restaurant is denying that the incident happened the way it’s being reported.
Apparently there was an incident of some sort involving officers, but only one Chipotle employee was involved.
The story first gained traction after a user posted the claims on the “Thank you NYPD” Facebook page along with a letter to Chipotle from a similar incident that allegedly happened in Colorado.
“It has been confirmed to me by an officer involved at the incident that when several officers working a detail yesterday within the confines of the NYPD 84th Precinct (one of my old commands) entered a Chipotle Mexican Grill, located at 185 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in uniform, several of the employees raised their hands & said 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' to the officers,” Facebook user Ray Melendez claimed in his post. “The officers simply left the location without any further action at the scene rather than provoke what could be a losing situation, given the current climate of ‘support’ from our Mayor.”
Melendez’s claims quickly went viral, and soon after, the image shown below was widely shared on social media.
Now, Chipotle has released a statement saying that the location in question never refused to serve the officers and made clear that it was only behavior from one employee.
“[W]e work hard to be sure that all of our customers feel welcome in our restaurants and apologize if the actions of any of our employees suggested otherwise,” a Chipotle employee who, according to the Inquisitr, goes by the name Joe, wrote on the restaurant chain’s Facebook page. “When this happened roughly two weeks ago, we investigated and have taken appropriate measures to be sure this doesn’t happen again.
“We do want you to know, however, that we did not refuse service to anyone, nor did our staff conspire to make a gesture,” the statement continues. “It appears that any activity that took place was undertaken by a single employee, spontaneously. I hope that helps.”
Despite an explanation from the employee, many customers aren’t happy and are demanding to know if the worker was fired for his or her behavior.