Judge sentences woman who assaulted Chipotle worker to do hard time working at a fast food restaurant

An Ohio judge chastised a woman who reacted to an incorrect restaurant order by hurling piping-hot food at an employee, as he delivered a novel sentence in court.

Rosemary Hayne was initially sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty to an assault charge for throwing her hot Chipotle order at an employee in September. The entire incident was caught on video and played in court and she was sentenced Tuesday.

But Parma Municipal Court Judge Timothy Gilligan handed down a fitting punishment for the 39-year-old, ordering that could serve part of her sentence by working for two months at a fast food restaurant.

Hayne’s outburst was witnessed by Chipotle customers and caught on cell phone video as she exploded in anger over her food, slamming the container on the counter and then violently hurling it at 26-year-old Emily Russell who was working behind the counter.

Hayne was sentenced to 180 days in jail at a previous hearing but the judge “suspended 90 of those days, and presented Hayne with a unique opportunity,” according to Law & Crime which reported that “she could shave an additional 60 days from the sentence if she agreed to work in a fast-food restaurant for 20 hours a week for two months.”

“Do you want to walk in her shoes for two months and learn how people should treat people, or do you want to jail time?” Gilligan asked Hayne.

“I’d like to walk in her shoes,” Hayne responded.

The judge was blunt with Hayne.

“You didn’t get your burrito bowl the way you like it and this is how you respond?” he asked her during the sentencing.

“This is not ‘Real Housewives of Parma.’ This behavior is not acceptable,” he added.

Gilligan wanted to hand down a meaningful sentence.

“I thought, 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?” he told WJW.

Hayne apologized to Russell who has since quit the Chipotle job because she was reportedly traumatized by the incident.

“She’s going to get what she deserves,” Russell told WJW. “She didn’t get a slap on her wrist, so she’s going to learn how to work in fast food and hopefully it will be good.”

“You went in there looking for a fight,” Gilligan said at Hayne’s sentencing, according to WJW.

“I did not,” Hayne replied while she tried to press her point. “I did not. If I showed you how my food looked and how my food looked a week later from that same restaurant, you would — it was disgusting-looking.”

“I’ll bet you’re not going to be happy with the food you’re about to get in jail,” Gilligan fired back.

According to the judge, this was not a surprise confrontation by Hayne who had plenty of time to change her mind before the assault.

“Those cameras weren’t rolling because Taylor Swift just walked into the joint,” he told Law & Crime. “Those cameras were on because she made such a scene and wanted to be such a bully. And this was the second occasion. She walked in there and she made it absolutely clear to everybody in the place that she was going to be a bully and abuse and put out a show. That’s why those cameras were rolling.”

“I think it was a good opportunity to teach someone a lesson,” he added. “Jail is a lesson, but it’s limited.”

Frieda Powers


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