We Know You Love Chipotle, but Please Don’t Use This Man’s Ordering Hack

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Photo courtesy Chipotle Mexican Grill

It was the tweet heard ‘round the world.

If you have a beating pulse and a phone, you’ve likely heard of one man’s Chipotle hack that is seriously ticking off people.

Some credit it as pure genius. Others think this man is the spawn of Satan.

Our take on it all? His hack cost him big.

Folks, Don’t Do This

In case you’re living under a rock, I’ll give you a quick rundown of what exactly shook the Twitter-verse this week.

On July 2, Josh Williams headed to Chipotle Mexican Grill. After grabbing his food, he posted a rather controversial tweet.

See for yourself:

Basically, Williams had the Chipotle workers package his taco ingredients individually.


After his tweet went went viral, Williams told Buzzfeed that he lives about 45 minutes away from the nearest Chipotle. He hates how his soft tacos fall apart by the time they get home, and he also said he lives in a remote place where “everything closes at 5 p.m.”, so he sometimes doesn’t make it on time to the grocery store to get the ingredients he needs for taco night.

To me, it sounds like this man should probably learn some time management skills. But I digress.

Anyways, this dude has clearly never worked in a restaurant before.

Some people tweeted their disappointment and angst:


Others thought it was pure brilliance:


The main cause of debate, though? Folks who have worked in the restaurant biz argue that this man wildly inconvenienced minimum wage workers who were already extremely busy — and they made sure the entire universe knew that he was wrong for it.

My questions: Why didn’t he just eat the dang tacos at the restaurant? Also, who orders tacos at Chipotle?

Where This Chipotle Hack Falls Flat

If you know anything about food, you know there are actual Chipotle hacks out there that can save you big.

Our favorites? Ordering a burrito bowl with a tortilla on the side. This menu secret can get you up to 15% more food at no extra cost.

The other genius hack is ordering double items at no extra cost — both kinds of rice, both types of beans, two types of meats, etc.

It looks like Williams missed out on some free food.

*womp, womp, womp*

Anyways, while half the world seems to hate Williams for his odd ordering hack, the other half seems to be bowing down to him.

The good news is, it seems like Williams learned his lesson.

In a follow-up tweet, he said he learned three things from the whole experience: “1. Chipotle Twitter is lit. 2. I am what the kids call ‘extra af.’ 3. Line workers deserve more tips.”

Considering there are probably many more people in the world who order like this — yes, they do deserve more tips.

Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.