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Chipotle Is Giving Out Free Burritos Today for Teacher Appreciation Day

Chipotle is joining the monkey pile of gratitude for teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week runs May 6-10 and Teacher Appreciation Day, for everyone who can't spend a whole week being thankful, lands on May 7...

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Chipotle is joining the monkey pile of gratitude for teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week runs May 6-10 and Teacher Appreciation Day, for everyone who can't spend a whole week being thankful, lands on Tuesday, May 7.

To show its gratitude to all the people who help shape our formative years, Chipotle is serving up a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) deal on burritos, burrito bowls, salads, and taco orders for teachers on May 7. Every Chipotle in the United States will be participating in the free food celebration from 3pm (local time) until close, so it'll have to be a late lunch or dinner. Or maybe a nice after school snack.

To get the offer, you need to present a valid ID proving you're an educator. However, the chain's definition of an educator is quite broad, so lots of people can join the burrito party. It's valid for "educators and staff at all levels, including pre-school, elementary, middle and high school, university, and homeschooling parents," according to Chipotle. If you work at a school, you should be good to go, though you do have to order at a restaurant. The offer isn't valid for online, mobile, or catering orders. Oh, and you can't combine the deal with any other discounts, but it does count towards your Chipotle Rewards membership. All said, it should be as easy as buying your go-to burrito and getting another one for free. 

“Chipotle believes that cultivating a better world begins with education,” Laurie Schalow, chief corporate reputation officer at Chipotle, said in a statement. “Our annual Teacher’s Day BOGO is just one token of appreciation we have for all the educators across the nation.”

Interestingly, Chipotle is not offering a simultaneous BOGO deal for nurses, despite Nurse Appreciation Week falling on the same week as Teacher Appreciation Week. The burrito chain said it plans to treat nurses and medical professionals sometime in the near future. Last year, Chipotle offered the same BOGO deal for nurses in the first week of June, so it'll likely fall around the same time this year. Stay tuned. 

The burrito purveyor is just one of many popular restaurant chains all across the country handing out all sorts of free food and other food deals for teachers. If you're a haberdasher or other kind of person and feel left out, it's OK. At least you don't have to teach anyone math. Our apologies to accountants who are both left out of the free food deals and have to teach people math.

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer on the news team at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.