Mainers, Let’s Review Our Chipotle Ordering Etiquette
In a world filled with ever-increasing fast-food options, Chipotle Mexican Grill has established itself as a go-to spot for quick and customizable meals here in Maine. However, even in this seemingly casual environment, there are some unwritten rules of Chipotle etiquette that can enhance both your dining experience and that of the employee, making it all the more enjoyable.
First and foremost, let's address the elephant in the room: decision-making. As you stand in line, contemplating the options, remember to make up your mind and stick with it. You've had ample time to ponder the choices, so commit to your order. Everything on the menu tastes great. You’re not going to have FOMO. Don't stress over your decision; instead, embrace the deliciousness that awaits you. Changing your mind at the last moment, especially after the server has already added ingredients to your bowl or tortilla, is considered quite impolite. Let's keep it chill, folks.
When it comes to pointing out your preferred ingredients, please refrain from reaching over the glass. Chipotle has carefully placed that glass barrier for a reason, so let's respect it. Give the dedicated staff members the space they need to craft your meal. Not only is reaching over the glass unsightly, but it's also unhygienic.
Now, let's address the occasional ingredient shortage. If you discover that Chipotle is temporarily out of a specific ingredient, please refrain from throwing a fit. Don’t ask the employee to check in the back for availability. Additionally, it's unnecessary to crack jokes or be a smart aleck in such situations. If they say that there’s no steak or brown rice, don’t ask for steak or brown rice. Keep the line moving, and if the ingredients you desired aren't available, gracefully move on to other options.
While it's generally okay to place an order for a friend or two if it’s not super busy, let's remember to be mindful of others in the line. Chipotle is all about efficiency and speed, so once you start requesting five or six different orders, it begins to slow down the process for everyone. Let's keep things reasonable and considerate, ensuring that the line keeps moving smoothly for all patrons.
For those who opt for the convenience of mobile ordering, it's essential to practice patience. If your order isn't quite ready when you arrive, take a deep breath and relax. The dedicated Chipotle team is working diligently to prepare your meal. Rest assured that they haven't forgotten about you. Similarly, it's crucial to respect the privacy and rightful ownership of each order. Taking someone else's order is not only rude but also an act that goes against the principles of decency. Let's avoid such behavior and strive to be better, more courteous individuals.
Chipotle is not just a place to savor delicious burritos, bowls, or tacos; it's also a community that thrives on respect and consideration. By adhering to these unwritten rules of Chipotle etiquette, you can enhance not only your own experience but also the experience of those around you. Remember, life is too short to complain about having to pay extra for guacamole.
Also, seriously, if they’re out of steak or brown rice, don’t ask for steak or brown rice.