Chipotle is reconsidering its decision to fire the manager of one of its St. Paul restaurants over a viral video featuring alleged racial stereotyping.
The fast food chain initially said that the manager of its 867 Grand Avenue location had been "terminated" after a video uploaded to Twitter by 21-year-old Masud Ali showed her deny service to a group of black men because, as she said, "you never have any money."
Initially, Chipotle said the staffer appeared to have the men confused with a group of other men who had been in the restaurant earlier and refused to pay after being served.
Ali's video went viral in a huge way, and has now been viewed 6.4 million times on Twitter as of Monday morning.
But, as BMTN reported on Saturday, a further examination of Ali's Twitter account revealed that between 2014 and 2016, he made several posts in which he referred to doing a "dine and dash" at several restaurants, including Chipotle.
These tweets, which have been deleted but some of which you can see below, has prompted Chipotle to re-examine the decision to fire the manager.
"Our actions were based on the facts known to us immediately after the incident," Chipotle tweeted on Sunday evening.
"We now have additional information which needs to be investigated further. We want to do the right thing, so after further investigation, we’ll re-train and re-hire if the facts warrant it."
The statement marks a change from Saturday, when Chipotle told Bring Me The News that it had not altered its position despite becoming aware of the "dine and dash" tweets.
The latest tweets posted on Ali's account date to early 2016. There are no recent examples referring to doing a "dine and dash," which is when someone fraudulently orders a meal and have no intention to pay.
Bring Me The News reached out to Ali for comment over the weekend, but has not yet heard back.