The Mexican fast food eatery Chipotle has still not fired the Brooklyn employee that insulted and demeaned an NYPD police officer.
In fact, the company has given its employee an unspecified reprimand and continued to allow him to work at the 185 Montague Street, Brooklyn location.
Chipotle has come under fire in the past for its political positions after the Denver-based chained followed controversial anti-gun activist Shannon Watts advice and pressured its customers not to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Unexamined is how Chipotle’s unwelcoming anti-law enforcement and Second Amendment policies actually affect employee and customer safety.
Indeed, the burrito chain has a long history of robberies and violent theft that makes its anti-Second Amendment and law enforcement policies tenuous at best.
Maybe if Chipotle were nicer to the police and citizens carrying guns they wouldn’t get robbed so often.
In November of this year a man robbed four Chipotles with help from an employee he was seeing.
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Lamont Bonds, age 26, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, today to 125 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for armed robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in connection with four restaurant robberies. Judge Bennett also ordered Bonds to pay restitution of $24,900.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Carroll County State’s Attorney Jerry Barnes; Washington County State’s Attorney Charles P. Strong; and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
According to Bond’s plea agreement, co-defendant Marvel Alegria was the manager of the Chipotle in Mt. Airy, Maryland until July 17, 2012 when she was fired for violating company policies. Alegria began discussing robbing the Chipotle restaurant with Bonds, which whom she was having a relationship. Alegria advised Bonds of the best time to commit the robbery, and how to access the store and its safe which contained money.
On July 22, 2012, Bonds and Alegria recruited co-defendant Norman Guifarro to participate in the robbery. That evening, Bonds and Guifarro entered the restaurant wearing masks Bonds had made from tee shirts. Bonds, armed with a shotgun, forced the manager into the office at gunpoint and obtained the money from the safe, while Guifarro, armed with a knife, held the other employees on the floor. Bonds and Guifarro stole $5,000 in cash and fled after forcing the employees into a bathroom. Bonds and Guifarro divided the stolen money among themselves and Alegria.
On August 4, October 21 and November 25, 2012, Bonds robbed Chipotle restaurants in Hagerstown, Gaithersburg and Damascus, Maryland, respectively, armed with what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, using similar methods as in the first robbery. In the August 4th robbery, Bonds and another man stole $9,400 from the safe. Alegria drove Bonds to and from the Gaithersburg and Damascus robberies where Bonds stole $7,000 and $3,500, respectively. In each robbery, Bonds forced the manager to open the safe at gunpoint.
Marvel Alegria, age 24, of Gaithersburg, previously pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy, was sentenced to 57 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $24,900. Norman Guifarro, age 24, of Montgomery County, was convicted in Carroll County Circuit Court of the Mt. Airy robbery and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
This isn’t the only example of Chipotle armed robberies.
Here are just some of the more salient ones.
— dj mantis toboggan (@lmaeser) December 22, 2014
In Detroit, a woman was robbed coming out of a Chipotle.
Woman robbed outside Chipotle in Royal Oak: A woman is robbed in Royal Oak outside of a popular restaurant. Sh… http://t.co/oX23jFMGtW
— ClickOnDetroit (@clickondetroit) December 20, 2014
Even in gun friendly states Chipotle has been targeted by armed robbers.
The man who robbed Chipotle with a handgun last spring was recently sentenced to up to five years in prison. http://t.co/TprBnO7m
— Daily Pennsylvanian (@dailypenn) January 9, 2013
— KSLA News 12 (@KSLA) October 8, 2014
— Local 12/WKRC-TV (@Local12) July 17, 2014
Chipotle Restaurant Robbed http://t.co/L2n9HCeh
— WLWT.com (@WLWT) January 7, 2012
— FOX19 (@FOX19) June 4, 2013
10TV: Armed Man Robs North Side Chipotle http://t.co/NwenUcgy
— 10TV.com (@10TV) June 26, 2012
— Taysua (@Taysua) July 18, 2012
Chipotle & Neiman Marcus Robbed; One More Pillowcase Burglary http://t.co/1Gumi8mulh
— Crime Stoppers ATL (@StopCrimeATL) September 9, 2013
In North Carolina…
— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc) May 3, 2013
Manager robbed at gunpoint in parking lot of Greensboro Chipotle http://t.co/7W2kkUbmWH
— FOX8 WGHP (@myfox8) August 29, 2014
— WXII 12 News (@WXII) November 6, 2014
— KTAL NBC 6 News (@NBC6News) October 9, 2014
Chipotle on Youree robbed by 2 men w handguns on 9/21. One in creepy mask, visible in footage. Police on lookout. https://t.co/1cwdkjdTUh
— Maya Lau (@mayalau) October 2, 2014
In liberal places where gun laws are restrictive we depend even more on the police to safeguard us. Chipotle’s toleration of anti-police sentiment creates an unsafe environment for its customers.
In New York…
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) April 23, 2014
Even the liberal website Snopes admitted that that a Chipotle employee mocked an NYPD with the Hands Up Don’t Shoot Gesture but Chipotle is trying to use the site to escape responsibility.
Gotnews.com has encouraged its supporters to contact Chipotle about the NYPD mistreatment.
We’ve also encouraged Chipotle to do the right thing and fire its employee.