Chipotle May Reverse Course On Firing Manager Who Refused To Serve Black Patrons Accused Of Dining And Dashing

Krista Clark

Restaurant chain Chipotle announced Saturday that it had fired a manager shown in a viral video in which she refused to serve some black patrons unless they could prove that they were able to pay. In the video, the manager is seen accusing the men of eating at the store before and leaving without paying for their food. Chipotle issued a statement on their decision Saturday.

"We are committed to treating all of our customers fairly and with respect.... 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. Regardless, this is not how we treat our customers and as a result, the manager has been terminated and the restaurant is being re-trained to ensure something like this doesn't happen again."

As previously reported by Inquisitr, evidence that Ali had a history of "dine and dash" emerged in the form of a series of tweets in which he bragged about it. Ali has since removed the tweets that seem to be the reason Chipotle is reconsidering their decision to fire the manager seen in the video.

Following the emergence of the tweets, Chipotle issued a new statement in which they said they will conduct an additional investigation into the incident. Following completion of that investigation, Chipotle Chief Communications Officer Laurie Schalow said the company will "re-train and re-hire" as appropriate.