One possible definition of “addiction” could be knowing that something is bad for you but doing it anyways. If that’s the case, one teenager may be seriously addicted to Chipotle. According to William Marler, an attorney who represented 97 customers who sued the restaurant after it made them ill, he represented a 19-year-old woman who, as part of her settlement, demanded free food from the Mexican food chain. I think that’s akin to something Homer Simpson did in season five of The Simpsons – not the kind of character you want to be compared to.
According to the Denver Post, Marler claims the client in question had to be hospitalized for a few days, but when she got out, he says she told him, “the one thing I want is free burritos and I’m like what? She wanted me to ask for her because (she said) ‘I really love Chipotle and want to go back.’” The lawyer was stunned. “In 25 years of doing foodborne illness cases, I’ve never had a client ask for coupons for the restaurant they had gotten sick at,” he told the Post. “In fact, some (clients) had gone back to the restaurant and they would call me and say, ‘Do you think it’s bad that I went back and got a burrito?’”
Though Marler says the burrito-loving teen was the only one of his clients to specifically ask for free Chipotle, many of his other clients were getting free coupons – apparently without balking at the idea. He believes the Mexican chain’s devotees are just remarkably loyal. “They have a following of especially 20-somethings that other restaurants don’t have,” he was quoted as saying. “It’s a little odd, but it probably says something positive about Chipotle.”
[h/t First We Feast]