‘Tough luck’: Chipotle CEO apologizes for ‘mean tweets’ after backlash
The CEO of a popular Mexican restaurant in Washington state apologized for a tweet he sent on Tuesday that appeared to reference President Donald Trump.
Chipotle Mexican Grill said it was suspending operations for a day for a “very serious and important” matter.
Chipotles spokesman Mike McQueary tweeted that the restaurant would be closed “until further notice.”
The tweet included a link to a news story that described a woman who claimed that she had been raped by two men at Chipotle in the town of McKinley, Washington.
The woman claimed she had made the claim on Twitter, but McQuears tweet said that it had been published by the Washington Post.
The Washington Post later removed the story, but it later appeared on a local news site.
McQuakes Twitter account has since been suspended.
Mcquears tweet did not specify the nature of the incident, but the Washington City Paper reported that it was “a rape accusation made against a Chipotle employee.”
The article, which was published on Tuesday, said that the woman was “one of many who say she was repeatedly raped by men at the fast food chain.”
The woman’s name and the man’s name were not revealed in the story.
The McKinley Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
The incident is part of a larger trend of sexual harassment and assault at Chipotls restaurants across the country.
In March, a man in Virginia was arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl while he was a Chipotler employee.
Last week, a former Chipotle worker was charged with raping an 11th-grade student at a nearby school.
A woman working at the Chipotle restaurant in Texas was fired after being arrested on a rape charge in January.
In the case in McKinley and other cases, it was unclear whether the alleged victim was the same person.
McConaughy has been at Chipzotle for more than a decade.
In 2015, he took over as CEO after a long career at other fast food restaurants, including Burger King.
He has since built Chipotle into a franchisee of its own and has become the company’s chief executive officer.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Chipotle said that McConaughey had “apologized unreservedly for his offensive tweets.”
The company said it would continue to take steps to ensure the safety and security of its employees.