Chipotle Facing The Investigative Heat Over Its Compliance With Immigration Laws

Mexican fast food chain Chipotle announced yesterday that it’s the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors into the possibility that it violated criminal securities laws with its hiring practices.

Chipotle said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it found out about the investigation on Monday, when contacted by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.

This isn’t the first time Chipotle’s name has come up in regard to hiring practices: In 2010 and 2011 Chipotle fired hundreds of workers, after audits by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm revealed undocumented workers. Chipotle said at the time that each worker was given the chance to show documentation proving they were legally in the country.

From Reuters:

In its SEC filing on Tuesday, Chipotle said the U.S. attorney’s office is “conducting an investigation into possible criminal securities law violations relating to our employee work authorization verification compliance and related disclosures and statements.”

“We intend to continue to fully cooperate in the government’s investigations,” Chipotle said.

Chipotle facing criminal securities probe [Reuters]

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  1. PunditGuy says:

    What elements of securities law cover immigration? Holy cow, I think I found an area where some oversight consolidation can occur.

    • Blueskylaw says:

      I thought the same thing. I’m like wait, is Chipotle paying its
      workers in stock and options rather than in cash or burittos?

    • Bsamm09 says:

      ” work authorization verification compliance and related disclosures and statements.”

      Sounds like the there may be some material legal issues which require disclosures on the audited financial statements. They could get in trouble if their 10-K/Q or other statements that require such disclosures did not have them and, if they really didn’t know, they may have needed to restate the financials. If they knowingly presented financials that lied in the disclosures and/or footnotes, they could be in some trouble.

    • huadpe says:

      What bsamm09 said.

      They have to disclose to investors anything that could materially impact the company, and they do that via their filings with the SEC.

  2. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    Good!
    I went to Chipotle last week and I’m pretty sure a _Canadian_ made my burrito. She asked me if I wanted ‘gravy’ and said ‘eh’.

  3. Hi_Hello says:

    I don’t see a problem with people who migrated over the border to work.

    • SoCalGNX says:

      The problem is that they are illegal, don’t have social security numbers that really belong to them and violated the law by coming here. Guess you are unaware that unemployment here is also still a problem.

      • caradrake says:

        But how many people are willing to do the more menial jobs that get taken by many illegals? Down here in the south (and probably elsewhere too) much of the farm work, orange picking, etc is done by illegals.

        I’ve heard first hand from sooo many unemployed people that they are uninterested in jobs containing hard labor, they’d rather wait for something else to come along.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          If we didn’t have access to abundant cheap and illegal labor, then wages for those jobs would adjust to what the labor market would work to do it.

          A balance is always found. Right now the balance is letting illegal people do the jobs we’d prefer not to do. Remove that, and a different balance prevails.

          • FatLynn says:

            That’s not exactly true, when it comes to harvesting. The window for harvesting is so small that it needs to be done very quickly, and the migrant workers are skilled in this, while the unemployed legal workers are not.

            • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

              Your counter has absolutely nothing to do with “a balance will be made.”

              Did you mis-reply to the wrong person?

              • rmorin says:

                Because in farming they do not pay an hourly wage, they pay by production. If an expert fruit picker working quickly and efficiently makes 3X and the average person can only make X then there is no incentive for the company to increase pay, because production will not increase.

                Instead the incentive is that they reward the quickest and most productive workers. That is how a balance is already made.

                • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

                  Did I mention an hourly rate? I don’t get why this is hard to understand.

                  A balance – I DO NOT KNOW THE FORM IT WOULD TAKE but I have theories to which I did not discuss – would be made. I didn’t say an hourly wage would or would not exist. I didn’t say fastest workers wouldn’t be rewarded.

                  The comment is very, very, very, specifically and narrowly directed at a legal versus illegal work force. If we totally and completely eliminated the illegal work force in the U.S., the country would not die, starve, or implode. A balance would be formed. Once again, I am not specifying the manner of the balance, only that it would be created.

                  • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

                    Sorry if this sounds so harsh. I feel like I have literary aphasia, and I’m saying one thing and everyone hears something completely different. A Twilight Zione episode where I’m yelling a man is dying and needs help and everyone looks at me like I’m a crazy person. Very exasperating, sorry.

                  • FatLynn says:

                    Yes, you are correct. I think, however, there would be many unintended consequences along the way, as we are now seeing with agriculture in the American South.

              • FatLynn says:

                Sorry, but “a new balance” is not what is taking place right now in the American South. There are a variety of reasons for it, but the bottom line is that, for the most part, crops are just going to waste.

                • PunditGuy says:

                  That’s part of the balancing. Nobody said it would be instantaneous. If farmers don’t want crops to rot in the field, they’ll offer higher and higher pay until people are willing to work the fields. If that means that strawberries become more expensive, then consumers will either pay the premium or switch to other produce. If a strawberry farm can’t survive under those conditions, then it becomes a different kind of farm.

                  Every business input reaches an equilibrium, but business people want labor to be magically exempt from that.

          • Hi_Hello says:

            You can make of a lot money from farming if you are fast at it. it’s hard work, but can pay really well.

            There was a guy who only worked 2-3 days a week picking blueberry because he was so fast, he made more than everyone who worked 6 days a week.

        • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

          I’m not convinced there are any jobs that Americans wont do. However, there are many jobs people wont do for low pay, no benefits, no job security, and poor safety.

          When I was a kid, I never would have joined the Army or picked “infantryman” as a job if it weren’t for the GI Bill and a bonus.

        • pk says:

          But this is Chipotle, not farm labor. The Chipotle that I frequent has people working there who look like they have college degrees.

          • RandomHookup says:

            What’s the average turnover at a fast food restaurant? 200%? 300%?

            I start to understand why some people either take a shortcut or look the other way. Seven people with the same SSN? Must be some government screw-up.

            I don’t endorse hiring people here illegally, but I’m scared what my burrito would cost if the hourly wage caught up with supply.

      • Hi_Hello says:
      • omargosh says:

        How would you respond to my friend who “violated the law” by getting dragged across the border by his parents when he was 5 years old? He actually did get his very own SS card at some point. A real one attached to his real name. Just that it read “not valid for employment”. So in order to not have guilt about using somebody else’s card, he photoshopped those words out and made up an excuse about not having the actual copy w/ him. I can’t begrudge him for not wanting to be banished to a country that he doesn’t know, and where he doesn’t know anybody, just because of the sins of the father.

    • PunditGuy says:

      I migrated. It involved paperwork, some minor travel and some fees. I guess I was a chump for going through the motions of following the law. Silly me.

      • Hi_Hello says:

        Then you should know the process is slow and sucks.
        If you had the option between following the law and waiting with the chance you and your family might die vs breaking a law so you can work and support everyone…
        I wouldn’t mind if you choose the later.

        • dolemite says:

          There are lots of laws that suck and I don’t agree with. But just because you don’t like them means you don’t have to follow them. I’m sure there are literally billions of people that would like to instantly move from North Korea, China, and Russia and other countries to the US. Just because Mexico is on our border doesn’t give them more of a right to ignore immigration laws than people in those countries.

          • Hi_Hello says:

            Yea, but this is the only country that have a big sign saying:
            “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

            they shouldn’t put the fine print on it.

            And I thought this country was base on the fact if you don’t like a law, do something about it. Look at prohibition.

            • AldisCabango says:

              Your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free are welcome as long as they do it legally. As it is in every country.

          • Hi_Hello says:

            okay, the law state that the SSN can not be use as a form of ID. No company can asked for it and people can’t be turn down because they can’t provide it.
            It was only suppose to used for your SS benefits.

            I guess things changed.

            • RandomHookup says:

              Well, the Simpson-Mazzoli Law of 1986 required the I-9 form which allowed the SS card to be used as one of the documents to establish eligibility to work in the US. You must have a photo ID in most cases to accompany the card.

          • omargosh says:

            Actually, most Mexicans have no desire or intention to immigrate to the US, but when you’re from a poor family where things like feeding, clothing, and educating yourself and your family are a constant struggle (if not impossible), Americans’ concerns about things like “following the law” in matters of immigration seem like the petty worries of a people who have no clue how good they have things. You should try traveling outside of your bubble sometime.

            • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

              As an American, living in one of the poorest counties in the USA, I would say that “feeding, clothing, and educating” my fellow citizens is a priority. Once this happens, we should open up the borders.

              • omargosh says:

                And yet your poorest county is still apparently rich enough to have people that can sit around during business hours on these fancy things called internet connections posting comments online. Even if you’re typing from a public library, well, that’s just another luxury we have here that people from other countries can mostly just dream of (the one time I visited a public library in a small Guatemalan city, I don’t think they even had a fan despite the muggy heat, let alone a computer, let alone one with an internet connection). You still haven’t left the bubble.

        • EvanMax says:

          Here’s my problem:

          Undocumented immigrants are working without paying back in to the tax system. Many times they are also funneling their wages back over the border to support family members that have not migrated (which is a drain on our economy.) Additionally, they drive down the relative value of labor, by working at illegally low wages, making potential wage earnings for legal residents and citizens lower than the market should appropriately place them.

          I am all for finding ways to appropriately make immigration easier, but the idea that illegal immigration is victimless, or that it is even beneficial to our society is absurd. The top 1% profits off of illegal immigration, sure, and the undocumented immigrants themselves are living better than they may have been in their home countries, but average Americans have it worse, thanks to a tax burden spread thinner (by workers who don’t pay in) and a market shift towards slightly lower wages.

          I have a problem with anyone who doesn’t pay their taxes, rich or poor.

          • Hi_Hello says:

            I don’t know how it works for chipotle worker. but for the tax part, with farmers, the middle man get paid from the business. That middle man is suppose to pay the taxes on behalf of the workers. It’s just like when we get on pay check after taxes are taken out.

            In theory, taxes are suppose to be paid. I don’t like the fact that people aren’t paying their taxes either, but the people not paying the taxes aren’t the lowest worker but the people up the ladder.

          • RandomHookup says:

            In the Chipotle case, they probably were paying taxes…using someone else’s SSN. In the case of small businesses where they don’t even bother to try to use fake documents, you’re right that illegal immigrants don’t usually pay taxes.

        • TheMansfieldMauler says:

          I wouldn’t mind if you choose the later.

          I would mind. So your vote is cancelled out.

      • omargosh says:

        Congratulations, PunditGuy. Sounds easy. So did you migrate based on an extraordinary ability in employment (the kind of extraordinary ability that I’m sure places like Chipotle look for when recruiting from overseas), or because you had family members already living in the country you migrated to, or because you married somebody from the country, or because you won an immigration lottery? Did the paperwork including documenting that you own a home and have twice your yearly salary sitting in your bank account? Were those fees the same that many hopeful immigrants pay for visa applications, only never to see that money again? Did you only have to wait 10 years to come? It’s a shame so many people break the rules when immigrating is so easy. /s

        • rmorin says:

          Your argument would make total sense if living in the United States was a birth right enjoyed by anyone born on the planet earth.

          • RandomHookup says:

            No, but it is a statement of reality. It’s easy to tell people to just get in line and come in legally, when the option isn’t there for an uneducated laborer. Desperate people will go where they feel they can to get the money to support themselves and their families. Illegal immigration is rife in Europe, too, so it’s not just an American problem.

            • rmorin says:

              What advantage does an unskilled laborer bring to our country? Aside from providing cheap labor (which would cease to be cheap if they were here legally) how does that benefit our society?

              Should our government being willing to take anyone as a citizen that comes across our borders? What is a reasonable immigration policy? I am certainly not advocating for the status quo, nor do I have the answers to any of these questions, but it is simply not as easy of a solution as some posters are making it out to be.

              • RandomHookup says:

                Where did I say anything about illegal immigration being a good thing (though the migrant farm work might be one area where we can never get US workers to do the job)? I’m trying to be a realist … even if we spend trillions of dollars on prevention, there will be illegal immigrants in this country. Some of that could be eased by easier-to-obtain short term work permits or maybe by stronger employer sanctions.

                I’m opposed to hiring illegal immigrants myself, but I recognize that they are going to be here as long as it is an economic advantage to both parties. There’s no way we can suddenly deport 10 million people and keep them out.

                • rmorin says:

                  I’m not suggesting you said it was good.

                  Some of that could be eased by easier-to-obtain short term work permits

                  But then they are documented, meaning you have to pay them legal wages. That takes away the incentive for the employers to hire them. Why bring someone in from another country and deal with the paperwork if you have to pay them the same as a local? Unless they have a specific skill set that the employer is looking for, there is no advantage.

                  • RandomHookup says:

                    It may take away some of the incentive to hire them, but the reality is that many of these folks are working for minimum wage anyway. I guarantee Chipotle was paying them at least minimum wage. I think the obvious place to use these first is in farm labor (which I think is what Pres. GW Bush suggested).

                    I don’t have a fully-formed plan on how to address the issue, but if an employer is afraid of getting caught with illegal immigrants while there is a reasonable supply of legal short term worker permit folks, they will go with the work force that is legal.

                    • rmorin says:

                      I agree, but it brings to light a sad truth:

                      Either they are displacing an American worker

                      or:

                      Americans really will not work for minimum wage.

                    • RandomHookup says:

                      What’s the turnover rate in fast food — 300, 400%?

                      Finding a minimum wage workforce without offering health insurance is extremely difficult. Many of the people at the bottom of the wage scale have issues that make it almost impossible to work consistently (transportation, children, school, family issues, medical problems, behavioral issues). Some people don’t want to do these kinds of jobs and some have never really learned to work. An immigrant laborer is more willing to put up with the hardships of the job because they realize they don’t have a lot of options.

                    • rmorin says:

                      Whereas an american’s options are not work and rely on welfare/unemployment/snap/disability?

                    • RandomHookup says:

                      Sometimes, yes. If you qualify and you would receive about the same in benefits, then it doesn’t make (much) logical sense to work a minimum wage job. We do have a decent safety net (though it’s fragmented and uncoordinated at times) and the rules make it almost impossible to pull oneself up on minimum wages (especially if there’s a young child involved). Of course, many of the people at the lower income level have other problems that got them there that make it less likely they can pull themselves up.

                      Not everyone will qualify (young healthy males with no children to support is a big category) so they turn to the cash economy or to more nefarious ways of making money or they find someone to support them in some other ways.

                • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

                  See, I think every says that legal residents would never do these jobs, but in truth they would if the right conditions were met.

                  We keep looking at this with a narrow vision that it must adapted to the current situation just with legal workers. But why can’t we evolve the method we harvest crops so that it better fits the American lifestyle. It’s not too hard logistically, but I do understand that it would require some fundamental changes to the entire harvesting process from planting to eating, including overall costs.

                  Not saying it’s easy, just saying we shouldn’t just say legal workers won’t do these jobs in the current conditions and just end the conversation there.

                  • RandomHookup says:

                    Crops is about the one area that would be really hard to fix. The financial incentives to modernize are low and it’s really hard to get a substitute workforce. Other areas, I don’t see as an issue.

                • CommonSense(ಠ_ಠ) says:

                  Yes we can suddenly deport 10 million people easily.
                  It starts with heavily punishing employers that higher illegals when they are caught.
                  If the fines are high enough to ruin their business and lives then they will never risk highering an illegal.

                  Then when these illegals have no work, they will either leave on their own or slowly get arrested over time as they commit crimes and be deported.

            • stevenpdx says:

              But we don’t want them in our country illegally.

              If they want in, they need to follow the rules.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      That’s cute, because literally every government body on earth disagrees with you.

      Unless you meant legally emmigrated.

    • Nyxalinth says:

      Can’t tell if trolling…

      (Skeptical Phillip J Fry face)

      or didn’t specify legal immigration

  4. zealeus says:

    I used to work at Rio Bravo (tex-mex restaurant) and every time we saw someone who looked like they were INS or when the food inspector came, about 1/2 our staff would go run out back and wait for the all-clear to come back. I’m sure it’s the same in other cities, but in Atlanta, this was common practice at food industry establishments.

    • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

      It was like that way back when I was a construction laborer (Western PA, 1980’s).

      Any time there was an OSHA or INS inspection about half the work force was trucked off site and brought back when the inspectors left. Our boss had us convinced that all the money being saved by not paying taxes on the illegals was being given back to the legals with better pay.

      I think there’s some truth to it but looking back, I suspect he big savings was having a work force who didn’t require pay roll taxes, didn’t file for unemployment, and wouldn’t go for workman’s comp or disability in the event of an injury.

      • FatLynn says:

        I don’t know much about construction in PA in the 1980’s, but the Southern states who have cracked down on migrant farm labor are certainly finding there are no legals willing and able to do the job.

        • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

          I think with agriculture, as consumers need to come to terms with the fact that in order to produce food in a safe, humane, and legal way, we need to pay more than we do now. It sucks but I’m sure the price of cotton went up after the Civil War and food went up after 1906.

          In most industries, if enough applicants can’t be found, then pay or benefits need to go up.

          • FatLynn says:

            Well, the interesting part is that it would probably just move more agricultural production back to Mexico.

            Pickers are usually paid piecemeal, so the ones who are fast (i.e. the illegals) can make a good amount of money in a short amount of time.

            • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

              It probably would but then maybe the true consequences of free trade will become more apparent.

              I have no problem with immigrants (I grew up in a bilingual home) but encouraging a system that relies on people who are here illegally, skirting labor laws, not abiding by OSHA requirements, etc. is not a solution.

              The system is broken. I feel bad for anyone in the trades — It’s tough to competitively bid projects when your competition isn’t paying minimum wage, not paying unemployment or payroll taxes, and doesn’t have to worry about workman’s comp.

              • rmorin says:

                I feel bad for anyone in the trades

                I don’t agree with this. Many individual trades (plumbing, HVAC, Electricians) are some of the fasting growing jobs in the country. They have strong workers unions. They pay extremely well for the education that is put in. So individual workers are well taken care of.

                Who exactly do you feel bad for in this whole situation? Especially with a democrat in office that pushes energy efficiency projects there are a lot of jobs and projects around. I’m not really understanding where you are coming from?

                • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

                  Your argument would make more sense if we were at full employment right now.

                  I’m related to many people who work in the trades and are getting undercut. My uncle is a welder and employs four labors. It’s reaching a point where he simply cannot remain competitive against competition that pays their (predominately illegal) employees under the table. It’s the exact same thing in roofing, drywall, and landscaping.

                  I’m sure your area is prosperous, with low unemployment, and contractors aren’t getting undercut by illegal labor. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in such an area.

                  • rmorin says:

                    I understand you point, but when you say “anyone in the trades” that is a very broad, and not accurate assertion.

                    I certainly agree that unskilled labor could become much more problematic, but skilled workers are considered “the trades” and there is tremendous growth across the country in those areas right now.

          • RandomHookup says:

            Tough thing with food is that it is mostly a commodity, which means the market doesn’t really care what it costs to produce. Higher wages means that buyers will find other available sources.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          “there are no legals willing and able to do the job” at the current wages and working conditions being offered.

          Fixed that for you.

    • George4478 says:

      Similar problem in the construction trades in Ga.

      When we built our house in Duluth, the builder asked us to stop taking pictures during construction if the crew’s were working. Whenever we got out of the car with a camera the workers would all disappear.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        I probably would have chosen a different contractor then.

        • George4478 says:

          How? Why? Illegal immigrant labor was rampant in the 80’s/90’s construction boom. No contractor could guarantee all legal workers in the subcontractors. The laws requiring employment checks didn’t exist until recently.

          Nobody fires a contractor on a half-built house because he used illegal workers. Instead, you show up on Sunday mornings and take pictures then.

          • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

            Sorry, I guess I would have let them finish and then report them to ICE. No sense inconveniencing myself.

  5. Blueskylaw says:

    Who knows more about Mexican food than a Mexican?
    Do you want Nigerians making your Mexican food?

    • josephbloseph says:

      To be honest, the one time I went to a Chipotle, my burrito was messily assembled by a trio of overweight Caucasians. If that experience was an aberration, and they routinely hire Mexicans, legal or otherwise, I might give them another chance.

    • omargosh says:

      I’ve been to Mexico, and I’ve been to Chipotle. Chipotle is not really like anything I ever ate in Mexico. I don’t really care who makes the food as long as it tastes good. Here in Houston, I’m pretty sure most Chinese, Indian, Thai, etc. food is made by … Latinos.

  6. kathygnome says:

    Kitchen workers who are undocumented immigrants? Heaven forfend. Next you’ll tell us they’re hanging drywall and doing landscaping!

  7. TinaBringMeTheAx says:

    I don’t get it. An I-9 is ever-so-easy to fill out. How can they not get it right?

    At the small non-profit where I work the rule is simple: No proof of employment eligibility, no job.

    • dragonfire81 says:

      The immigrants may be using false SSN numbers on those I-9s and the employers aren’t bothering to verify anything.

    • Hi_Hello says:

      business try to make more money, and there are people willing to work for cheap.

      I know a Mexican restaurant. The owner went to mexico, bought two cooks/chefs back with him. Paid and did all the requirement to have them work and live in the states. It’s a small little shop, food is really good.

      some business would hire the illegal, when the own the tax, close down the business and re-open with another name. It’s just cheaper that way.

    • RandomHookup says:

      Small businesses can be at a disadvantage on the veracity of documents (and can be really sloppy, too). You accept the documents at face value, even if you suspect they might be putting something over on you.

      The best loophole (now closed) was using a Puerto Rican birth certificate. US-citizen and easily explains why your English might not be so good.

    • ARP says:

      Many business are looking for legal docs or passable fakes. Meaning, the documents are good enough that they won’t get in trouble for accepting them and they can look the other way.

      I worked in warehouse and I found it (not so) strange that most of the employees went by one name when talking to supervisors and another name when talking to co-workers. Jose became Rubin; Anna became Suzanna, etc. depending on who was talking to them. Supervisors knew this and just looked the other way.

  8. KrispyKrink says:

    Left hand of the Gooberment: Get rid of these people, they’re illegal.
    Right hand of the Gooberment: How dare you get rid of these people!

    • AldisCabango says:

      In the Mid 80’s Taco Cabana was regularly raided by INS. The food was much better back then as well.

    • ARP says:

      ….and that’s an extension of our political parties. The Tea Party side of the Republican party wants to get rid of the illegals (and all non-Christians for that matter). The “business” side of the Republican party wants to keep illegals to keep wages and costs down.

      The union side of the Democrats want to get rid of illegals because they’re less apt to join unions (obv.) and they displace union jobs. The “hippy” side of the Democrats want to allow them for humanitarian reasons and all that statue of liberty, feel-good stuff. Which is why we don’t do anything about the problem.

      The reality is that we need to create a more flexible migrant worker program, to increase the number of work visas for certain types of work, and then aggressively enforce immigration laws. Those who are here can apply to the programs, but get no advantage or disadvantage.

  9. Nyxalinth says:

    In my area (Denver) I can tell you that non-Hispanics never so much as get an interview in any fast food place (Chipotle falls into that category here) no matter how much experience they have.

  10. yankinwaoz says:

    As long as the ag industry has Congress in their pocket, our immigration laws will not be enforced.

  11. aleck says:

    Here in Ohio, every single restaurant has a Latino working back in the kitchen. It does not matter what restaurant, Indian, Chinese, Italian, etc. If you see the kitchen, chances are, there is one there. I don’t think you need to look hard and launch big investigations.

  12. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    There’s a chain of Mexican restaurants that tend to be in all Big Ten cities (and a few others) called La Bamba – best burritos in the world. Their catchphrase is “Burritos as big as your head!” – and at the one location that had a drive-through, they appended “…and a drive-through as wide as your car!”

    Anyhoo, the one near me would occasionally close up shop mysteriously for a couple weeks at a time, at random intervals. Eventually we figured out that that meant the immigration policia had made their visit, and the employees had all been deported. Then it took a while to get new employees to replace them…

    …damn good food.

  13. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    There’s a chain of Mexican restaurants that tend to be in all Big Ten cities (and a few others) called La Bamba – best burritos in the world. Their catchphrase is “Burritos as big as your head!” – and at the one location that had a drive-through, they appended “…and a drive-through as wide as your car!”

    Anyhoo, the one near me would occasionally close up shop mysteriously for a couple weeks at a time, at random intervals. Eventually we figured out that that meant the immigration policia had made their visit, and the employees had all been deported. Then it took a while to get new employees to replace them…

    …damn good food.