Chipotle offers September freebies to get customers in door

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It’s no secret Chipotle has faced a lot of criticism in the past year, and as a result Chipotle sales experienced a 30 percent sales decline and its first quarterly loss ever.

So the company is desperately trying to get customers in the door.  And what better way to get someone in the door than free food?!

So during the month of September, the restaurant chain is offering two promotions for free drinks and food.

The first promotion is a little something to make going back-to-school more appealing. Throughout the month, if you show your student ID when you buy an entrée you get a free fountain drink or iced tea.

The second deal is directed at families with children. Every Sunday in September, kids eat free with the purchase of an entrée.

The announcement of the deals comes on the same day nearly 10,000 Chipotle workers filed a class action lawsuit for allegedly cheating them on their pay.

According to CNN, current and former Chipotle employees claim the company made them work extra hours “off the clock” without paying them. The practice is known as wage theft, and Chipotle is allegedly doing it all over the country.

“Chipotle routinely requires hourly-paid restaurant employees to punch out, and then continue working until they are given permission to leave,” according to the class action lawsuit  Turner v. Chipotle. It’s named after a former Chipotle manager in Colorado, Leah Turner, who claims she had to work without pay and was told to make workers under her do the same in order to meet budget goals.

Chipotle denies any wrongdoing and says the case has no merit. The company says it has paid all wages it owes employees.

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