A manager at a Chipotle was fired after video was released on Twitter that shows her telling some customers they had to pay before they would be served. The group of young black male customers was asked to prove they had money before they would be allowed to order. While one of the men claimed discrimination, Twitter users aren’t convinced.
The video, recorded at a Chipotle in St. Paul, Minnesota, shows a female manager telling the group of customers that they need to prove they have the ability to pay before they can place an order.
“You gotta pay because you never have money when you come in here,” she says.
Masaud Ali, 21, posted the footage on Twitter with the caption, “Can a group of young well established African American get a bit to eat after a long workout session. @ChipotleTweets??”
— Masud Ali 🍑 (@Masudaliii) November 16, 2018
After the video went viral, Chipotle addressed the incident by firing the manager, stating, “What happened here is not how our employees should treat our customer,” according to a report by the Daily Mail.
However, Chipotle may now be reconsidering their position after numerous other tweets from Ali suggest that he may have made a habit of dining and dashing.
In the original Twitter post, commenters pointed out several messages showcasing that Ali previously stole food from restaurants.
After being made aware of the tweets, Chipotle admitted that they may sway their decision regarding the manager’s firing.
“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,” said Chipotle Chief Communications Officer Laurie Schalow on Sunday to Fox News.
“We now have additional information which needs to be investigated further. We want to do the right thing, so after further investigation we will re-train and re-hire if the facts warrant it.”
However, media representatives for the company, including Schalow, suggest the firing may still stand, even if the manager suspected a theft was about to occur, as requiring them to pay in advance went against policy.
While Ali deleted all of the previous posts regarding possible dine and dash activities, they had already been captured by others.