Dominique Marie Moran has been identified as the 23-year-old Chipotle restaurant manager who was fired and subsequently re-hired by the fast-casual dining chain after she was found to have done nothing wrong in what was originally deemed a racist incident.
According to reports, 21-year-old Masaud Ali claimed he had been a target of racial profiling by Moran after she refused him service at the Chipotle restaurant unless he paid first.
Ali posted a video of the incident to Twitter on Friday, November 16, tagging Chipotle as he asked: “Can a group of young well established African American get a bite to eat after a long workout session.”
Moran, who was originally fired by Chipotle after the video went viral, can be heard telling Ali and the group of men that he is with that they must pay first because “you never have money when you come in here.”
After the incident went viral, Chipotle released the following statement, saying that had conducted a “thorough investigation” and talked with police officers who were called to the establishment:
“Regarding what happened at the St. Paul restaurant, the manager thought these gentlemen were the same customers from Tuesday night who weren’t able to pay for their meal. Regardless, this is not how we treat our customers and as a result, the manager has been terminated and the restaurant [staff] has been retrained to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again,” the statement said.
However, after further investigation, it became clear that Moran was right in her actions as Ali has an apparent history of dine-and-dashing. A “dine-and-dash” is the process of eating at a restaurant and leaving without paying.
“Dine and dash is forever interesting,” Masud tweeted on July 15, 2015.
“Guys we’re borrowing food… that’s it. And if the lady tries to stop you at the door don’t hesitate to truck the sh– out of that bi—,” another tweet from March 27, 2015, read.
Speaking to Daily Mail, Moran said that while she has officially been offered her job back, she is not sure if she is going to accept:
“I’m not sure if I’m going to take the [job] offer yet. I feel grateful but at the same time I still have questions. I feel like I’ve really been put on blast, so to speak. The circumstances were not how it looked. It looked like a very hateful thing and it was not that way.
I have nothing to hide. I’m not a racist, I know who I am. No one asked my side of the story and I feel I deserve to be heard. People are showing me a lot of support and I’m very grateful,” Moran said.