Chipotle Manager Fired After Viral Video May Get Her Job Back

Marco Green
November 20, 2018

A Chipotle spokesman says the company was aware of the tweets when it made a decision to fire the manager.

A young female manager at a Minnesota-area Chipotle was sacked and slandered as a racist in the press after a group of black men accused her of racially profiling.

Masud Ali posted a video on Twitter showing five men trying to place orders at the franchise restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the employees refusing to serve them on Thursday. The video, which received more than 5 million views as of Sunday night, showed an employee, who was smiling and speaking in a friendly tone of voice, saying, "You gotta pay because you never have money when you come in here".

'It sounded really racist - the way she said it was racist, ' Ali told the Star Tribune on Friday.

Another worker in the video later tells the group, "We're not gonna make food unless you guys actually have money".

He said he was also disappointed that none of the other employees who were on duty spoke up.

Chipotle fired the restaurant's manager after the online backlash.

"Regarding what happened at the St. Paul restaurant, the manager thought these gentlemen were the same customers from Tuesday night who weren't able to pay for their meal", the chain said in a statement.

In a since-deleted post, he said "aye man I think chipotle catchin up to us fam. should we change locations and yoooo what should we do". Generally, the company doesn't ask customers to pay for their meals before making them.

Chipotle says the manager was sacked and that staff has gone through re-training to prevent a similar situation from occurring. "Regardless, this is not how we treat our customers and as a result, the manager has been terminated and the restaurant [staff] has been retrained to ensure something like this doesn't happen again", reads the statement. Previous tweets seemed to imply that he had eaten at establishments before without paying.

While Ali's video went viral and got a lot of support, some Twitter users shared screenshots of his old tweets in which he bragged about dining and dashing in the past.

WCCO-TV reached out to Ali for comment, but he said his lawyer has advised him not to speak with the media.

Chipotle said it is aware of the old tweets and is now investigating the incident.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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