Looks like everyone is looking for a bite off Chipotle’s decaying carcass. After a severely mishandled food safety crisis–most notably last November when 43 stores across Oregon and Washington had to be closed due to at least 22 people ending up with symptoms of E.coli–Chipotle’s sales have declined sharply for the fourth straight quarter.
Last month, Chipotle attempted to turn its bad fortune around by rolling out a chorizo option nationwide, after years of testing. (I tried a chorizo burrito and it was great for the first few bites, but then became a bit overwhelming. Chorizo tries too hard sometimes. Do less, chorizo, there’s more to the burrito than just you.)
Well, the good news is that there haven’t been widespread reports of bloody diarrhea from the new menu item. The bad news is that three softies from Los Angeles are filing a class-action lawsuit after purchasing a chorizo burrito containing grilled chicken, pork sausage, white rice, black beans, salsa, and cheese in a tortilla. The menu sign read that the burrito was just 300 calories, equating the calorie count of a bowl of cereal or a baked potato.
David Desmond, one of the men cited in the lawsuit, “felt excessively full and realized that the burrito couldn’t have been just 300 calories” after eating it. What a baby back bitch.
According to USA Today, the suit would cover “all people who bought food at Chipotle for four years leading up to the filing of the complaint,” despite the chorizo option being a new menu item. The thinking behind the lawsuit is that this is a pattern of false advertisement regarding calorie count and misleading nutritional information.
Although Chipotle has yet to release an official statement regarding the suit, the Mexican chain has responded to some who have called them out on Twitter #2016:
“I’m sorry for the confusion, but we’ll make things more clear next time. The 300 calories is for the chorizo [alone].”
I’m not sure how much money these leeches are looking for, but if they are awarded one dime for feeling “too full” after eating Chipotle, I’m going to feel uncomfortably full after drinking a gallon of bleach. Justice is a fickle beast.
[h/t USA Today]