After everything the NYPD has had to endure the last week or so, this is just beyond ridiculous and appalling. Claims of anti-police behavior by Chipotle employees posted to a New York Police Department forum on Dec. 18 have sparked a web-based protest against the fast-food chain.
According to the police thread, several officers entered the Chipotle Mexican Grill on Montague Street in Brooklyn on Dec. 16 in full uniform. Instead of serving the officers, several employees raised their hands and said, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” The account claims the police left the location without taking further action.
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According to Chipotle’s statement on the incident, no one was refused service, and it was only one employee who said, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” After reviewing the situation, Chipotle says eight police officers came into one of its Brooklyn restaurants on Dec. 16, and after a single employee made the “hands up” gesture, the group of officers left.
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Chipotle offices have responded with this statement:
“Since the incident occurred, we have apologized to those who were upset by it (as we were ourselves), taken disciplinary action with regard to the employee involved, and reiterated with our restaurants the need to make all of our customers feel welcome in our restaurants,” says Chris Arnold, communications director for Chipotle. “Above all, we apologize to the officers involved. This incident simply should not have happened and is in no way representative of our culture or values.”
But social media is fighting back with furious anger using this hashtag – #chipotledoesntservenypdofficers
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Wonder who's gonna come if that Chipotle in Brooklyn ever calls 911…serve the NYPD you cowards.
— Ben Cowlishaw (@btcowlishaw) December 28, 2014