Chipotle has had a rough go of it lately.
The fast casual Mexican chain certainly has its loyal fans, but it had to overhaul its health and safety practices after it weathered an E. coli outbreak that affected 60 people in more than 10 states earlier this year. And just this week, the executive leading the turnaround, chief marketing and development officer Mark Crumpacker, was arrested and charged for cocaine possession.
Arguably, it makes sense that the company would want to return to simpler times, or at least a time when the CDC and NYPD didn't loom large over its day-to-day activities and its worst problem was a pork shortage.
To that end, yesterday, the company put out an animated short film called "A Love Story."
The advertisement follows two lifelong competitors (she runs a lemonade stand, he sells orange juice) as they grow their empires, until one day their overzealously automated business practices end up quite literally turning on them, inspiring them to set aside their citrusy differences, join forces and go back to basics.
Does the ad sway your opinion about Chipotle? Let us know.