Chipotle Customer Throws Food At Employee in Brawl, Judge Offers Employment Instead of Jail Time The video of the September 5 altercation quickly went viral on Reddit.

By Emily Rella

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The guac may cost extra, but serving it yourself is one way to cut down on price — and a prison sentence.

A Chipotle customer, who was arrested in September for throwing a burrito bowl at an employee's face, was offered the opportunity to shorten her 180-day jail sentence by 60 days — if she agreed to work at the fast-food restaurant for 20 hours a week for two months.

Related: Influencer Slams Chipotle Quality, Prices in Viral Rant

On September 5, a 39-year-old woman named Rosemary Hayne was arrested in a Parma, Ohio, Chipotle for assault after an over-the-counter altercation led to her chucking her food at the manager taking her order. Video of the incident quickly went viral on Reddit.

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Customers helped Chipotle employees write down Hayne's license plate number as she drove off. She was later arrested at home.

During the court hearing on November 28, Hayne's apologized to the employee, Emily Russell, while saying that the food she was served was "disgusting looking." This did not please Parma Municipal Court Judge Timothy Gilligan.

"You didn't get your burrito bowl the way you like it, and this is how you respond?" Judge Gilligan reportedly said during Hayne's sentencing per local outlet Fox 8. "This is not real housewives of Parma. This behavior is not acceptable."

Related: Video: Customers Attack Chipotle Workers For Extra Cheese

Russell said the sentencing was unfair and told the court that she had to leave her job after the altercation with Hayne because she was traumatized.

"No one acts like that to any employee, especially if I'm a manager," Russell told Today. "She got exactly what she deserved. She's gonna walk in my shoes. You know, she's working 20 hours a week. She's lucky — I was working 65-hour weeks."

It is unclear when and in what location Hayne will begin her two month stint at Chipotle.

Chipotle did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur's request for comment.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

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