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Ohio woman guilty of hurling food at Chipotle employee sentenced to fast-food work

Ohio woman guilty of hurling food at Chipotle employee sentenced to fast-food work

Sav McKee

We’ve probably all experienced a terrible food order at Chipotle – they’re out of guacamole, lettuce, and salsa, and the portions are small. But hopefully none of us have taken our frustrations out on the employees by throwing a piping hot Burrito Bowl in their faces.

Ohio woman, Rosemary Hayne, did just that, though. Hayne, 39, and from Parma, Ohio, was found guilty two weeks ago of assault after a video surfaced of Hayne violently throwing her food at Chipotle employee, Emily Russell, who was working behind the counter at the time. 

The New York Post says that Parma Municipal Court Judge, Timothy Gilligan, asked during the trial, “You didn’t get your burrito bowl the way you like it and this is how you respond?”


Hayne responded by saying her food looked “disgusting,” says The New York Post. “If I showed you how my food looked and how my food looked a week later from that same restaurant, it was disgusting,” Hayne said.

The video footage of the incident went viral and was played during Hayne’s hearing. “Hayne can be seen in the clip slamming her order down on the counter while yelling at Russell for nearly a full minute. Russell, who is working behind the counter, tries to calm the irate customer while other customers start to take notice of her meltdown. Then, from mere feet away, Hayne launches the burrito bowl at Russell’s face, causing diners to gasp,” according to The New York Post and the video.

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Judge Gilligan sentenced Hayne to 180 days of jail, then made an unusual offer, in the name of “teaching her empathy.” The judge told Hayne that he would give her a 60 days’ jail credit if she agreed to work at least 20-hour weeks at a fast-food restaurant for two months.

“So I thought, why should the city taxpayers pay for her and feed her for 90 days in jail if I can teach her a sense of empathy?” Gilligan said. “I also hope this deters others from this type of behavior,” the New York Post reported.

Hayne has since taken the judge up on the sentencing deal, but it’s unclear where she’s working. Emily Russell, the person who had the food slammed into her face, said that she thought it was a fair deal.

“I bet you won’t be happy with the food you are going to get in the jail,” Judge Gilligan told Hayne. 

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