Chipotle is not having a good weekend. Late last night some hackers took over the Chipotle_Tweets Twitter account, and instead of singing the praises of burritos or trying to get customers to engage in some friendly social media, the account spent the night spewing racist comments across Twitter.
Last night the Chipotle logo suddenly disappeared and was replaced by a swastika. Right away, the account started tweeting racial slurs, homophobic epithets, and anti-government vitriol, sometimes all at the same time. Luckily for Chipotle, nobody seemed to think the chain was actually authoring those tweets, but several Twitter users took screenshots and made jokes about what a bad day the person who was supposed to be in charge of the company Twitter account must be having.
Alongside screenshots of the horrible tweets, posters commented:
— Parker Higgins (@xor) February 8, 2015
So if you work in the media department at Chipotle, how much of a panic attack are you having right now? pic.twitter.com/uPhp0WtrxC
— emokidsloveme (@emokidsloveme) February 8, 2015
— American Moose (@originalmoose87) February 8, 2015
Chipotle seems to have gotten control of its account back in just a few minutes, because the swastika logo and the racist, homophobic, pro-Nazi tweets were promptly deleted. Once everything was back to normal, "Joe" issued an apology.
We apologize for the very offensive messages sent out from our account earlier tonight. We were unfortunately hijacked temporarily. -Joe
— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) February 8, 2015
According to The Daily Dot, the hacked Chipotle account linked out to two separate Twitter accounts, which presumably belonged to the hackers responsible. Both those accounts have been suspended, but before they were taken down one alleged hacker commented that he "did it for the lulz."