Chipotle offers St. Paul manager job back

Darnell Taylor
November 20, 2018

Chipotle fired a manager in St. Paul, Minnesota, for allegedly racially profiling a group of black customers and refusing to serve them food, then rehired the manager days later when more information came out about who the customers were, according to Business Insider.

"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 statement said.

On Friday, Masud Ali, 21, posted a viral video to Twitter wherein the manager asks Ali and a group of his friends to show proof that they will pay for their food before employees begin to make their meals.

Chipotle says the company "will work to continue to ensure that we support a respectful workplace for our employees and our customers alike".

Over the weekend, a Chipotle spokesperson said the problem was that the manager didn't give equal treatment to these customers.

Our actions were based on the facts known to us immediately after the incident, including video footage, social media posts and conversations with the customer, manager, and our employees.

The company said in a statement it has reviewed the evidence and chose to offer the manager her job back. "We are committed to doing the right thing and acting in a manner consistent with a thoughtful, fact-driven approach". We want to do the right thing, so after further investigation we will re-train and re-hire if the facts warrant it. She declined to elaborate on the additional information the company received.

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Ali had even tweeted several times about dining and dashing. "We spoke with him and directly asked him if he had been in that restaurant on Tuesday night and he said he had not been there in weeks".

"We are not able to confirm that with 100 percent certainty", Schalow acknowledged in a statement to The Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

The video, which was posted to Twitter on Friday morning, features a group of young black men who are told they can not order until they prove they have money to pay.

Another post read: "Guys we're borrowing food... that's it. And if the lady tries to stop you at the door don't hesitate to truck the sh- out of that bi-", another tweet from March 27, 2015, read. Ali has since deleted all of these posts.

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

Chipotle said they were aware of the accusations that Mr Ali and his cohort may have been serial offenders for not paying at the chain and the situation is still being investigated.

A Chipotle manager has been fired following allegations from a Black customer that he, along with his friends, was denied service at the burrito chain last week.

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