Rats Fall From Ceiling At Dallas Chipotle In "Rare And Isolated Incident"

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A day after Chipotle Mexican Grill faced an outbreak of norovirus at a Chipotle restaurant in Virginia, the company’s PR team is dealing with yet another embarrassing public-health incident. A Dallas TV station reported that, at one local Chipotle restaurant, customers’ lunch was ruined when several rodents reportedly fell from the ceiling and landed inside the dining area.

Footage of the incident - as one angry customer remarked - is enough to put one off from eating at the chain indefinitely:

Customers said the rats appeared to materialize from out of nowhere:

“If we would have been sitting at the table next to that it definitely would have fell on top of our food because it was literally right there,” Daniela Ornelas, of Dallas, told NBC DFW, adding that she and her boyfriend were eating during the lunch rush at the restaurant.


“I just kept wondering what it was, and I kept looking around until I looked at the floor, and I saw three rats, and I ran,” Ornelas said.

Chipotle shares plunged more than 6% on Tuesday after multiple customers reported getting sick after eating at a restaurant in Sterling, Virginia. Customers reported symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach pain, dehydration, and nausea to the website iwaspoisoned.com, alerting Business Insider, which confirmed the norovirus outbreak with the company. At least 13 customers fell ill after eating at the Virginia Chipotle between July 14 and 15.

The outbreak echoed a public relations nightmare from two years ago, when reports of diners getting sick at Chipotle restaurants around the country first began to emerge. The company was found responsible for cases of salmonella, norovirus and e. coli, and saw its same-store sales decline precipitously. Chipotle’s shares shed nearly 50% of their value in the aftermath, a decline from which they have never recovered.

A Chipotle spokesperson issued a statement to NBC DFW Wednesday to explain how the rodents ended up in the dining room, adding that it was an “extremely isolated and rare.”

“We learned yesterday that mice got into a restaurant," the statement read, "and we immediately contacted professionals who identified a small structural gap in the building as the likely access point. We’re having it repaired. Additionally, we reached out to the customer to make things right. This is an extremely isolated and rare incident and certainly not anything we’d ever want our customers to encounter.”

Still, it looks like Chipotle is going to lose a few customers over this one.

"Ornelas said she was happy with how the employees handled the situation, but would likely not return to Chipotle's West End location."

However, the outbreak hasn’t scared off devoted Chipotle customers like Bill Ackman. Ackman sent his first-ever tweet on Wednesday, featuring a photo of him smiling inside a Chipotle restaurant, with a caption that read “eating our own cooking @ChipotleTweets.” Ackman's fund, Pershing Square Capital Group, owns 10% of Chipotle.



Now, imagine what would happen to the stock price if Ackman got salmonella?

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Ban KKiller's picture

Severn Farms in England...great youtube on rat catching dogs......perhaps they hire out?

AllTimeWhys's picture

These fuckers just can't win

Jim Sampson's picture

I was watching the news last night and they were videoing the workers at a Chipotle here and one of them had no gloves on mixing salsa...  nope nope nope...  I haven't eaten there in years and never will again.

jcaz's picture

...In other news,  Stock Watch noticed that a rat farmer has been a heavy buyers of CMG puts  this week......

Perimetr's picture

Special this week on Rat Burritos!

Kotzbomber747's picture

If you didn't get diarrhoea after visiting a Mexican restaurant, then it wasn't genuine Mexican food.

truthseeker47's picture

What did they expect?  It's a Mexican restaurant.

El Oregonian's picture

It's the "New" menu for those that have slipped into poverty because of the theives in Washington and the Federal Reserve. Rats is all the customers will be able to afford. This is a test site for this new implemenatation of the 'New Menu' issued by the NWO and the Deep State.

bamawatson's picture

goes great with .gov cheese

BetterRalph's picture

They must be elderly "Silkway Rats"

JackT's picture

Only those that meet their antibiotic standards

JuliaS's picture

I call bullshit on the story. If the rats actually lived there and ate fast food, they wouldn't be able to climb walls like that. They'd be fat and dumb, spending their days on rat couches, watching rat television, waiting for the next rat welfare cheque to arrive from the rat government.

ZeroLounger's picture

You mean just like the Rat Bastards in Congress?

Kotzbomber747's picture

Ah, you silly Gringo's just don't get it do you? You finally get a genuine Mexican restaurant, and now everybody is complaining again!

Never heard of Montezuma's Revenge?

valjoux7750's picture

Three blind mice..where the fuck are they going?

Oh, I meant rats

yellowsub's picture

And then there are those wearing gloves that takes the dirty cash, empty the trash, and then comes back to handle food.

The people wearing gloves are the one I'd be more concerned since they are wearing it to protect themselves!  I'd only hope the one with bare hands would at least wash some what often if their hands was filthy where as a glove wearer doesn't change gloves!

It's just like this old Spanish cleaning person at my former job, he would wear the same gloves to wash the toilets then come to the cafeteria to clean and tidy the place up.  I've seen him touch many things with the dirty gloves...  

Seeing the gloves just give you an false sense of cleanliness if they still don't practice the proper sanitary measures... like changing the glove when switching duties. 


whatswhat1@yahoo.com's picture

I watched the owner of a popular greasy spoon hot dog joint clean the workspace counter with a black, mold covered rag that he had just wiped the greasy floor with.  This drama played out in front of a counter lined with customers on stools.  I'm for protecting the stupid, but I'm not for letting them handle my food. 

The astonishing fact is that almost half of the country eats this shit, goes “M'm! M'm! Good!”, and… asks for more.

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”Carlin


cobra1650's picture

Got sick there 3 months ago in south Florida. First experience with shit coming out both ends.Epidemic problem and this fucking dangerously deadly company should be shut down. Fuck Ackman and Buffet.

Looney's picture


The rats, Jamal and Shaniqua, just got married.  ;-)


Never One Roach's picture

two of those rats looked alot like Hillary Rodent Clinton!

e_goldstein's picture

If that was the case, all of the other rats would have died suspiciously.

junction's picture

If the rats fell into the U.S. Senate dining room, they would have felt right at home.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Those type are the worst War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Scum Fuck Rats of them all.

insanelysane's picture

I believe Schnauzers were bred to hunt rats.  They don't need to be trained.

Uncertain T's picture

I have an old barn out in the wilderness.  My Schnauzer goes nuts chasing the field rats... little tail a waggin'

dizzyfingers's picture

Mine goes crazy about squirrels on the lawn. Knows a rodent when he sees one. He's a great watchdog.

Braverdave's picture


I have Boston Terriers. They prowl for mice just like the neighbourhood cats do. Just the other day I was harvesting garlic in the garden and the older dog, Rusty, caught one. Gave it a shake and choked it down.  

Scuba Steve's picture

Have Schnauzer, he is good going after them but not like the rat terrier we use to have .... he had an attitude and went after rats/ground squirrels/squirrels and brought them back to you and laid them on the pavement, waiting for the treat of course as his pay off :)

He always got tore up a bit tangling with opossum and raccoon but he never backed off.

Good dog, miss that dog.

He'd of been a champ at Doggy MMA.

yogibear's picture

Rat burrito's.

Natural ingredients, straight from garbage bins and the sewer.

Sf5540's picture

This is what refugees were brought in for, let them do it. It's not their fault they can't compete with dogs.

American Psycho's picture

what is equally embarrassing is spelling "shows" as "shoes."

rejected's picture

Hey, that's pretty close considering todays edumacation!

ByTheCross's picture

American: "If we would have been sitting at the table next to that it definitely would have fell on top of our food because it was literally right there"

English: "If we had been sitting" and "would have fallen"


Xena fobe's picture

Anchor Baby speak. Look at the name.

Americans speak English.

medium giraffe's picture

OMFG the ingredients have escaped!

buzzsaw99's picture

would you like something from the tail, or something from the snout?

mkkby's picture

The new white meat.  Featured in chinese cooking for centuries.

rejected's picture

A nice allegory to the situation in the nation itself. 

Shitonya Serfs's picture

They weren't illegal or muslim rats

Crypto Kevin's picture

You think that's a steak burrito? Nope rat meat! Yum!

Never One Roach's picture

But it tastes like chicken!


Hey, rat wrap is a delicacy in Somalia.

So at least there's that!

DosZap's picture
Chipotle In "Rare And Isolated Incident"


Rare and isolated my arse, how MANY of these filth boxes have made folks sick as hell>,