By the time you read this I might be in a dark room somewhere far away with a bag over my head

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At least this is how I feel when I think about how this company manages to "work" the way that it does. I won't go into the crew member to manager relationship because that seems to be the hot topic right now. Bad management is a byproduct due to overgrowth and greed. We all understand that now. One thing I've been pondering while I've been working here since January of 09 till now in Sept. of 09 is the ownership of the company. It says that Ells is the chairman, founder, CO-CEO. From everything that I can read over the internet and based off of all the company brainwashing that failed on me, I find myself thinking about the McDonald's divestment, and right after that they start pulling money to recreate their training program. All of the nice people here sharing their stories about how they lost THEIR jobs because of the incompetence of OTHERS, I cry out with you to the skies with a knife and steel in hand. After reviewing all of the facts:
1) Understaffed forever

2) Melodramatic and/or under-trained Managers

3) A BIG FAT LIE OF A MARKETING SCHEME

4) The company's "image" is taking advantage of the idea of what is "cool" in the younger generation and selling it back to them at $8 a pop. Which in turn leads entire families eating their addicting salty food. Steve Ells himself in a training video for cooking chicken that adding salt to the chicken when it is cooking adds an addicting quality to it.

I have come to the point where I can see NOTHING GOOD coming out of this corporations fruition. In this day and age where the economy has established itself as modern America's god (we have only ourselves to blame), Chipotle seems to be running full force with that ideal by underhanded business practices that most of the employees never see until they've been fully conditioned to work for this money machine. And at that point they're so safe in their cushy burrito salary and benefits they won't give it up for anything because they think they are justified in the world by supplying "integrity" with every burrito. I'm sorry, but integrity doesn't taste like anything except all the blood I throw up after working there (figuratively speaking).

Ok, so this whole thing is just a big greedy scam then, right? Brainwashing customers and employees with romantic notions of changing the industry, and that by doing it their way is the only way. I try hard not to think about this mental image, but it keeps surfacing in my mind. So this company has it's headquarters with it's CEO and CFO and all the little people underneath right? This company was propelled by massive business investments from other fast food restaurants. Why? Food with integrity's true meaning doesn't matter to people who survive off of money and the souls of others. "Changing the food service industry one burrito at a time" doesn't mean anything to them either, they still make their money no matter what. There are always desperate people looking for work that they just eat up and spit out. If you have ever been through the training there, you most likely were told to do the same thing three different ways (all of them being proclaimed as the new "correct procedure", and that it's all very formulaic, as if the concept of all of these procedures has been refined by how fast they can work the average human. To have a grasp on this sort of knowledge or "refinement" it takes a collective database of years of cutting vegetables and using psychological manipulation on employees to create the formulas for how to run a chipotle from the front door to the last speck of dirt on the floor when you scrub that sonofabitch. It's as if the corporate investors found an opportunity for themselves, by using this broken economy to their advantage, because not everyone is poor, and most people with money tend to gravitate towards buying stupid shit because they have the money and someone is telling them it's the cool new thing, or it will make them healthier than all those people who eat at lameass Subway. The profit margin on their chicken is astounding. The training manuals and videos are, for the observant, almost blatant conditioning pamphlets relateable to those of a religious cult. To me, Chipotle comes across as some beastly terror spewing out the same shit everyone else has while taking complete advantage of HUMAN LIVES while they choose to employ themselves with this evil, wretched company. Do these upper-corporate people have secret meetings to discuss what they are going to start doing different in hopes of achieving some sort of inception to make you think that they are doing this in the name of GOOD? Chipotle is all about image, and nothing more. They go to great lengths to lie, and cheat our fellow person to gain more money by paying people all over the board less and less.

Maybe underneath all of the dollar signs, burrito wrappers with stupid slogans with more brainwashing on them, and evil corporate practices the dream of making good food for an honest reason simply being just because we are human, we should love each other enough to share good food with everyone is still alive. Maybe the men and women responsible for this mutation within the economy are all red-eyed devils possessed by fiends of greed and avarice. When I try and conceive of the reason for all of this (I can't help it, I'm there almost half of my life at the moment), I become drained, and stressed out, and I want to believe that this corporation is nothing but puppet masters pulling the strings of their managers (it has been established that the managers do nothing real for the company other than control the employee population by inciting drama and pressuring employees to work faster) so they can make even more money. I want to believe that they're good as well, that they really just can't make up their fucking minds about what to do, and that all the money is just a byproduct of having good food. But anything really good for you can't be so salty it's addicting. And if they actually cared then they would be out there on the field more often spending time with their people who work in the stores to improve progress and maybe actually earn honest cash through real work, and not some corporate megamind schemes. After working many jobs, and then hitting a two year period of unemployment, only to be picked up (they didn't want to hire me at first by the way, the GM is Mexican, and was prejudiced, still is to this day but can hide it better. I got hired by the apprentice on a day that she called in "sick") by this burrito monster has smacked some perspective into me, but also has taken all of my hope and faith in the business world. The banks want our money, the hospitals want our money, the government wants our money, no one has any and the people that do don't seem to be doing anything useful with it. Why are we so lost as a species? Why are most of my friends unhappy and at the end of their ropes? The answer to those questions is too big and off-topic for this criticism, but my point is that with all that going on in our lives, why does this Chipotle company model their growth and profit-gain after taking advantage of these hurt people when they need a helping hand most? Why do all the incompetent idiots get promoted and then canned before they can take hand in stock options? The people responsible for Chipotle and all of its most recent failures care for nothing more than themselves while lying to the world so they can turn a profit. I know it isn't the first time something like this has happened, but that shouldn't excuse it from being the last.

DO YOUR PART, TURN AWAY FROM CHIPOTLE, AND PRACTICE FOOD WITH INTEGRITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES. We shall carve our own path from the soil of our Lord using the hands we have been given to change the world.