chipotle customers don't understand bay leaves

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Chipotle has had its fair share of health controversies over the years - particularly a few years back when there was a major E. Coli scare - but there's been another one ongoing since the very beginning: SOMEONE KEEPS PUTTING TREE LEAVES IN BURRITO BOWLS. Disgusting right? Just like, an actual damn leaf in my otherwise delicious burrito bowl! How could this kind of food preparation negligence be allowed to happen? How does not one notice a friggin' LEAF falling into the food they're making? Just take a look:

So gross. How could they possibly justify-

...oh. Right.

chipotle customers don't understand bay leaves

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Yes, Chipotle includes BAY LEAVES in their rice and beans - and always have (although they typically remove them prior to be served, sometimes a rogue one will be served up to a customer). Bay leaves add flavor and aroma to the Chipotle dishes, as well as being edible themselves. The only problem? They sorta look like a regular ol' nature leaf - and, somehow after all these years, people have STILL NOT BEEN ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT. Seriously - searching Twitter, you can find complaints about this going back years and years...and the poor people running the @ChipotleTweets account having to calmly and patiently explain what food is to them the whole time.

















Here's one that might ACTUALLY be concerning - although given the leaf complaint, I'm genuinely curious if the pebble was kinda squishy, yellow, and tasted a lot like corn.

So consider this a PSA - those aren't random leaves that just fell into your Chipotle burrito, it's actual food! And yeah, they're kinda gross, but please don't make the poor folks at Chipotle's social media team explain it to you.

[h/t @MawSaldivar]