On Halloween, Chipotle received an unexpected visit from the Irony Police. The company had recently revamped its Boorito promotion, in which it previously offered $3 burritos to anyone who came into one of its 1,700 stores in a Halloween costume.
This year, however, in order to get a cheap burrito, a customer had to wear a costume that had “something unnecessary” added to it—a fairy with a beard was one suggestion—to honor Chipotle’s dedication to serving food without additives.
Imagine then, if you were among the morally upright burrito enthusiasts who went to one of the 43 Chipotle stores in the Pacific Northwest on Halloween only to find that it was closed because of an E. coli outbreak.
WENT TO @ChipotleTweets IN MY BEAUTIFUL COSTUME ONLY TO FIND THEM CLOSED DUE TO E.COLI. WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT MY BOORITO TODAY?!— Kimber Goble (@KimberBritt) October 31, 2015
This was the latest bout of bad news for the company, which after being anointed Millennial darling in recent years and enjoying rapid growth, has now suffered three food contamination outbreaks in as many months. In August, nearly 100 diners and several employees at a California Chipotle fell ill from norovirus. Shortly thereafter, several dozen people were infected with salmonella linked to tomatoes served at 22 Chipotle outposts in Minnesota.