An Ohio woman found guilty of assaulting a Chipotle employee by throwing a piping-hot burrito bowl in her face has had her jail time reduced as part of an unconventional sentencing arrangement.
Rosemary Hayne, 39, faced assault charges after launching the obscene and caught-on-video attack on Emily Russell, a Chipotle employee working behind the counter.
During her sentencing, Parma Municipal Court Judge Timothy Gilligan rebuked Hayne, stating, “You didn’t get your burrito bowl the way you like it, and this is how you respond? This is not Real Housewives of Parma. This behavior is not acceptable.”
Hayne expressed remorse for her actions but also criticized the quality of the food she had received, describing it as “disgusting.”
The viral video of the September assault played during the hearing showed Hayne angrily slamming her order on the counter while berating Russell for nearly a minute.
Russell, in her attempt to defuse the situation, tried to calm the irate customer down.
However, Hayne suddenly hurled the burrito bowl at Russell’s face from close range, causing shock among onlookers.
Judge Gilligan sentenced Hayne to 180 days in jail but suspended 90 of those days. In an effort to instill a sense of empathy in the defendant, the judge made an unusual offer.
Ohio Woman’s Jail Time Reduced with Fast-Food Work
He proposed a reduction of 60 days in jail if Hayne agreed to work at least 20 hours per week at a fast-food restaurant for two months.
Judge Gilligan explained his decision, saying, “Why should the city taxpayers pay for her and feed her for 90 days in jail if I can teach her a sense of empathy? I also hope this deters others from this type of behavior.”
Hayne accepted the offer, stating her intention to secure a job at a restaurant, although it remains unclear where she will work or when she will begin.
Emily Russell, the victim of the assault, has since found employment elsewhere and expressed satisfaction with the sentence, remarking that Hayne did not receive a mere slap on the wrist.
In response to the sentencing, a spokesperson for Chipotle emphasized the importance of employee health and safety, stating, “The health and safety of our employees is our greatest priority, and we’re pleased to see justice served for any individual that does not treat our team members with the respect they deserve.”
As of now, Rosemary Hayne has not provided any comment on the matter.
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