People Are Railing Against This Guy for His Weird Chipotle Order
The latest controversy to divide loyal Chipotle fans is neither a credit card breach, nor anything to do with its secret menu. No, this is a case of etiquette and food-service ethics, and it's being prosecuted right now across a divided Internet. The defendant: Josh Williams, a Napa Valley tech guy, and his loving family that just wanted Chipotle for dinner. The opposition: a rampaging Food Twitter horde calling Williams out for taking a photo and describing the action he took to feed his family. The charge: ordering a full order of Chipotle tacos with the ingredients separated.
"Am I weird?" he asked his followers in a tweet that has since gone viral. "Or brilliant?"
As Williams described to BuzzFeed, he asked the folks at his closest Chipotle for all the ingredients that typically go into the chain's signature tacos to be individually packaged. He did this out of practicality, he explains: His family lives about 45 minutes away from the nearest Chipotle and the chicken tacos that they ordered would have gone soggy and crappy and cold and fallen apart by the time he and his 4-year-old son brought them home to his wife.
Honestly, this is not a crazy situation to be in. Williams and his family live in Napa Valley, which is indeed a Chipotle desert. As many on Twitter pointed out, of course, it's also not the nicest thing to ask someone working in any food service job to do. For what it's worth, he also pointed out that in the area they live in, "everything closes at 5pm," meaning he and his son -- who were coming back from the movies -- wouldn't have had time to grab food elsewhere locally for a family dinner otherwise.
There's a lot going on here, of course. On the one hand, no one wants to piss off a server at Chipotle. Really. On the other hand, the guy's gotta feed his family and he's correct in wanting to do that in a way that doesn't result in a crappy mess of busted tacos. The Twitter reaction, which Williams seems to be relishing, given his recent tweets, appeared to recognize both arguments, while leaning more heavily on the position that neither he nor anyone else should absolutely ever do this.
Arguments for: Including, but not limited to, sympathy for a dad feeding his family, alternate solutions or riffs on the concept, and full-throated endorsements of the practice.
brilliant. amazingly brilliant. this is like when I learned about well done fries at in-n-out.— Tracy Pizzo Frey (@tracyfrey) July 3, 2017
I thought i was the only person who did this, its 10x better cause it wont be a big blob of bullshit by the time i get home— Otto's Ordinary AF (@Bullets4Wizards) July 3, 2017
the bowls are also better at insulation than the plastic cups meaning the cold will stay cold longer and the hot will stay hot— rose-colored boy (@silhouetteboy) July 3, 2017
Arguments against: Including, but not limited to, concerns for the environmental implications of using all the extra plastic, getting spit in your food, or wasting the time of and/or pissing off food service workers generally.
Thanks & it was!— - (@MissIndyLoo) July 5, 2017
I understand not wanting to cook. But you know the employees hate you, right? Lol
We get audited about how long it takes a customer to move through the line— Ethan (@ethan111888) July 4, 2017
For what it's worth, Williams seems to be taking all of this in stride though, buoyantly replying to his commenters and explaining the issue of having kids at home and promising that he would tip the next time he did this. He even spent the last day or so retweeting the #ChipotleGate tweets he's seen and making jokes about how even Harry Potter scribe JK Rowling liked a tweet calling him out on it. He also pointed out that the employees at the Chipotle were "surprisingly chill about it."
They're actually surprisingly chill about it. This is also way less invasive than ordering a Quesarrito.— Josh Williams (@jw) July 3, 2017
I truly hope ppl have gotten a laugh out of this because my mentions are a dark place rn 😵😵😵😵— Josh Williams (@jw) July 4, 2017
At the end of it all, Williams listed off the things he learned from the experience:
I've learned a lot today folks. Top 3:— Josh Williams (@jw) July 4, 2017
1. Chipotle Twitter is lit
2. I am what the kids call "extra af"
3. Line workers deserve more tips