For some people, cocaine is a celebratory drug to be snorted on joyous occasions. For others, it's a daily occurrence, ingested regardless of mood. For Mark Crumpacker, Chipotle's chief creative and development officer, it was allegedly a way to deal with sh*t hitting the fan at the office. And those who keep up with the comings and going of the burrito purveyor know that the sh*t's hit the fan a lot over the last six months.
Crumpacker’s alleged drug purchases coincide with some of the company’s worst days of 2016, with Chipotle struggling to bounce back from a string of E.coli and norovirus outbreaks, according to prosecutors...Crumpacker is accused of making the first cocaine purchase on Jan. 29. That was just days before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of a probe into two E.coli outbreaks that sickened dozens of Chipotle customers. The second purchase came on March 8, prosecutors said. On that day Chipotle said it temporarily shut down a restaurant in Massachusetts after four employees got sick. Another purchase allegedly occurred April 27, the day after Chipotle posted its first quarterly loss as a public company. And yet another took place on May 11, according to prosecutors. It was the day of the company’s annual meeting, where shareholders voted to approve a proxy-access proposal backed by activists in a rebuke to the board.