Chipotle Customer Shoots Employee Over Trivial Dispute

( – A customer at a Chipotle outlet in Michigan allegedly shot a staff member after an argument about guacamole. The 21-year-old employee sustained a gunshot to the leg and is expected to recover fully, while police apprehended the 32-year-old suspected shooter blocks from the location.

Witnesses described an argument between the two men, apparently centered around guacamole. One witness said the employee left the counter and disappeared to the back of the restaurant, at which point the alleged shooter went behind the counter and attempted to bag his food. The employee returned, and the two men engaged in a physical brawl. Soon afterward, a gunshot rang out.

A motorist in the parking lot saw the suspected shooter leave the restaurant and noted that he did not seem in a hurry. “He didn’t speed off or anything, it was weird to see,” the witness said.

Police have not named the victim or suspect but confirmed he is from Detroit. The incident happened at the Chipotle Mexican Grill on Evergreen Road in Southfield. Police recovered the firearm at the scene but did not confirm what kind of gun it was.

Attacks on restaurant staff are not uncommon, and several such incidents have made media headlines. For example, last December, a woman was ordered to work in a fast food restaurant after throwing food at a Chipotle staff member. A judge sentenced 39-year-old Rosemary Hayne to 180 days in jail but offered her the chance to reduce her time by working behind a restaurant counter and experiencing the sometimes abusive behavior staff endure.

Hayne threw a burrito bowl at cashier Emily Russell, and a video clip of the incident went viral on TikTok. Parma Municipal Court Judge Timothy Gilligan told Haynes he hoped spending time behind a fast food counter would teach her valuable lessons. She accepted the judge’s offer.

More recently, in February, a customer at a Boston McDonald’s allegedly punched a cashier repeatedly for touching the lid on his drink.

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