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Report: Chipotle Workers Stomped on Dozens of Rats

Employees at the Upper West Side location say the issue started over the summer

(Newser) - You know it's 2020 when ... the rats have commandeered a Chipotle. That's apparently the situation on New York's Upper West side, where employees tell the New York Post rats forced a shut-down of a Chipotle location after a months-long saga. As they tell it, the rats first...

Now a Thing: Digital-Only Restaurants
Now a Thing:

Now a Thing: Digital-Only Restaurants

Chipotle has opened its first one in New York

(Newser) - Brought to you by 2020: the digital-only restaurant. Chipotle opened its first such location in New York this weekend , pointing to the surge of online orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fox 5 reports. Orders for the "Chipotle Digital Kitchen" can be placed via Chipotle's own website or app,...

Chipotle Releases Its Guacamole Recipe

Plus 10 more chains releasing secret recipes

(Newser) - The latest company to release a "secret recipe" to lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic: Chipotle, which told fans how they can make its famous guacamole at home. As Salon reports, there are just six ingredients and six steps involved (pretty much the exact ingredients and steps you might...

Chipotle to Pay Massive Fine for Sickening 1.1K

Restaurant chain agrees to pay $25M to resolve criminal charges related to outbreaks

(Newser) - Chipotle Mexican Grill agreed Tuesday to pay a record $25 million fine to resolve criminal charges that it served tainted food that sickened more than 1,100 people in the US in outbreaks from 2015 to 2018 and sent sales plunging. The fast food company was charged in Los Angeles...

Chipotle Must Pay $1.3M Over Child Labor Violations

They occurred at the chain's Massachusetts locations

(Newser) - Chipotle was hit with a $1.3 million fine over thousands of child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants, the state's attorney general announced Monday. Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain after finding an estimated...

Chipotle Giving Away Cash on Venmo
Chipotle Giving Away
Cash on Venmo

Chipotle Giving Away Cash on Venmo

Just sign up for its new rewards program

(Newser) - Chipotle might Venmo you some money if you sign up for its new rewards program. The fast food chain, which says its customers have long desired a loyalty program, launched one in September that is expanding nationwide as of Tuesday, per a press release . Chipotle is publicizing it by giving...

Chipotle Manager Can Have Job Back After Racial Backlash

The Minnesota employee was fired after several black men were turned away from the store

(Newser) - Chipotle said Monday that the company has offered a fired St. Paul restaurant manager her job back after receiving more information about an incident where employees refused to serve five black men and asked them to prove they could pay before taking their order. Per the AP , the company said...

Here's Why Those 647 Chipotle Customers Got Sick

Looks like food was left at unsafe temperatures in Ohio outbreak

(Newser) - The latest illness outbreak to hit Chipotle involved at least 647 people who got sick after eating at the chain's Powell, Ohio, location. Health officials have now identified the problem: Stool samples from those sickened tested positive for Clostridium perfringens, a bacteria that forms when food is left at...

Flood of New Illness Reports Hit Chipotle

But hey, there's free guacamole Tuesday!

(Newser) - Food safety concerns are once again plaguing Chipotle: Consumer complaints filed on —a website that tracks possible food poisoning cases and helped reveal a 2015 E. coli outbreak at Chipotle locations—suggest close to 200 people have fallen ill after eating at a Ohio restaurant, per Business...

Chipotle Fired Her. Now It Has to Pay Her $8M

Former manager Jeanette Ortiz was accused of stealing $626

(Newser) - She was called a thief. Now she can be called a millionaire. The Fresno Bee reports on the outcome of a wrongful termination lawsuit against a Chipotle in Fresno, Calif., that ended in favor of a manager who was fired in January 2015. Jeanette Ortiz, who had been with the...

Yet More Stomach Trouble for Chipotle

Virginia store temporarily closed after reports of illnesses

(Newser) - Chipotle's efforts to move past its food scares have been complicated by fresh reports of illnesses, which prompted it to temporarily close a restaurant this week, the AP reports. The company said Tuesday that it closed the restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, after it became aware of a "small...

Chipotle Customers: Examine Your Credit Card Statements

Chain says hackers breached system in March and April

(Newser) - More trouble for Chipotle: The chain said Friday that customer data including credit card information has been breached in a hack affecting most of its stores. According to UPI , the company found malware tracking credit card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes between March 24 through April 18. Among other...

Woman Sues Chipotle for Billions—Over Photo
Woman Sues Chipotle
for Billions—Over Photo
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Woman Sues Chipotle for Billions—Over Photo

Leah Caldwell says it was used in ads without her approval

(Newser) - A Sacramento woman has dreams of becoming the world's newest billionaire, all because of a single photograph. Leah Caldwell has little chance of collecting that kind of money, but she has nonetheless sued Chipotle for $2.2 billion because she says the chain used a photograph of her in...

Customers Suing Chipotle Over '300-Calorie Burrito'
Customers Suing Chipotle
Over '300-Calorie Burrito'
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Customers Suing Chipotle Over '300-Calorie Burrito'

The chorizo burrito made one man 'excessively full'

(Newser) - Chipotle's chorizo burrito as diet food? If you read the description of the menu item, available since October, you certainly wouldn't think so: It packs chicken, pork sausage, rice, beans, and cheese into a tortilla. Except that same sign also said "300 calories." And so three...

Chipotle's Burgers Arrive to Distract from E. Coli, Norovirus

First Tasty Made burger store opens this week in Ohio

(Newser) - Chipotle's first burger store will open this week in Ohio as the company continues working to expand its offerings and win back customers after a series of food safety scares, the AP reports. Chipotle says the new Tasty Made restaurant is scheduled to open Thursday in Lancaster. The Denver-based...

Chipotle E. Coli Victim Goes Back for More

She requested dozens of free burritos as part of her settlement

(Newser) - Chipotle customers are a surprisingly loyal bunch. NBC News reports a 19-year-old woman who racked up approximately $40,000 in medical bills after contracting E. coli from eating at the restaurant chain settled for an undisclosed sum—and dozens of free burritos. "In 25 years of doing food-borne illness...

Lawsuit: Chipotle Forces Employees to Work Without Pay

Nearly 10K current and former workers join class-action lawsuit

(Newser) - Chipotle continues to find a cockroach in its chicken burrito, metaphorically speaking. It lost its spot as America's top Mexican restaurant, illegally fired an employee over critical tweets , and saw one of its executives busted for allegedly buying cocaine . Not to mention various outbreaks of E. coli and...

The Bad PR Keeps on Coming for Chipotle

Executive busted for allegedly buying cocaine

(Newser) - Chipotle just cannot catch a break when it comes to publicity. In the latest bad PR for the company, which has been struggling since a series of foodborne illness outbreaks, the chain's top marketing executive was allegedly caught during the busting of a cocaine drug ring in Manhattan, the...

Top 10 Fast-Food Chains for Customer Satisfaction

Chick-fil-A is tops, McDonald's at the bottom

(Newser) - The bad news keeps on coming for Chipotle . The restaurant saw the biggest drop in this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index for fast-food restaurants, reports Consumerist . It was No. 2 last year and No. 9 this year—but at least it's ahead of McDonald's, which finished dead...

Chipotle Just Got Dethroned as the No. 1 Mexican Chain

Moe's Southwest Grill is now king of the casual, fast burrito

(Newser) - A faltering Chipotle has stumbled yet again, this time losing its place as the No. 1 casual, fast Mexican restaurant to a chain that has about a third the number of eateries as Chipotle, USA Today reports. With more than 650 restaurants to Chipotle's 1,900-plus, Moe's Southwest...

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