basicsand said: Chipotle is owned by McDonalds.
» SFB says: From the article we linked to in our post about the McWrap: "Chipotle was owned in part by McDonald’s until 2006, when the burger chain decided to focus on its own brand. These days Chipotle employs the slogan ‘Food with integrity’ and produced a short film critical of industrial farming." So Mickey D’s has no interest in Chipotle these days, and hasn’t for seven years. — Ernie @ SFB
» A hugely profitable firm: Despite the fact that the company (which split from McDonald’s in 2006) had to raise prices at some of its stores, it did really well in its recent earnings announcements, with a 35 percent increase in profits in its most recent quarter, to $62.7 million. The company has managed to keep labor prices down and ramp up its continued growth, despite an audit by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that led to the firing of hundreds of employees in the DC region. Chipotle remains one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the industry, benefitting greatly from its focus on organic ingredients.
jeffmiller said: What choice does Chipotle have? It is a crime to hire these people. To continue to employ them, knowing their status, could have meant jail. Blame Congress, not Chipotle, for this.
» We say: For us, it’s not so much the firing itself (which is understandable and doesn’t leave much room for debate) as the tactic used — telling someone during their break, and then replacing them during their shift is pretty terrible. While I’m assuming Chipotle probably couldn’t have done the two weeks notice thing in this case, it does come across as cold. Given their reputation as a good corporate citizen, it seems off-base for them. And I’ve personally eaten at both of the restaurants in question before, so I’m sure some of the people who got fired made those burritos.