An Ohio judge chastised a woman who reacted to an incorrect restaurant order by throwing piping hot food at an employee, while handing down a new sentence in court.
Rosemary Hayne was initially sentenced to three months in prison after pleading guilty to an assault charge for throwing her Chipotle order at an employee in September. The entire incident was recorded on video and played in court and she was sentenced on Tuesday.
But Parma Municipal Court Judge Timothy Gilligan handed down an appropriate sentence for the 39-year-old, ordering she 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 captured on cell phone video as he exploded in anger over his food, slamming the container against the counter and then violently throwing it at Emily Russell, 26, who he worked behind the counter.
Hayne was sentenced to 180 days in jail at an earlier hearing, but the judge “suspended 90 of those days and gave Hayne a one-time chance,” according to Law & Crime which reported that he “could shave an additional 60 days off his sentence if he agreed to work at a fast food restaurant for 20 hours a week for two months.”
“Do you want to walk in his shoes for two months and learn how to treat people, or do you want to go to jail?” Gilligan asked Hayne.
“I'd like to walk in his shoes,” Hayne replied.
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 'The Real Housewives of Parma'. This behavior is not acceptable,” he added.
A 39-year-old woman who threw a burrito bowl in the face of a Chipotle worker has been sentenced to 60 days at the fast food restaurant. incredible pic.twitter.com/1feX1ACeav
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Gilligan wanted to utter a meaningful sentence.
“I thought, why should city taxpayers pay 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 left Chipotle because she was reportedly traumatized by the incident.
“She's going to get what she deserves,” Russell said WJW. “He didn't get a slap on the wrist, so he'll learn to work in fast food and hopefully it'll be good.”
“You went there looking for a fight,” Gilligan said at Hayne's sentencing, according to WJW.
“I didn't,” replied Hayne as he tried to insist. “I didn't. If I showed you what my food looked like and what my food looked like a week later from this same restaurant, you would, it looked disgusting.”
“I bet you won't be happy with the food you're about to get in prison,” Gilligan replied.
According to the judge, this was not a surprise confrontation from Hayne, who had plenty of time to change his mind before the assault.
“Those cameras weren't rolling because Taylor Swift just walked into the joint,” he told Law & Crime. “These cameras were on because she did a scene like that and she wanted to be a bully. And this was the second time. She went in there and made it absolutely clear to everybody that she was going to be a bully and abuse and put on a show. To these cameras were rolling.”
“I think it was a good opportunity to teach someone a lesson,” he added. “Prison is a lesson, but it is limited.”
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