A TikTok creator recently went viral on the platform for sharing a hack to fix customer issues with skinny portions on their Chipotle orders.
Several customers shared hacks for the fast-casual Mexican chain, including a infamous $3 burrito hack which led to an alleged price increase. However, spiking user @eli_da_way’s complaint about Chipotle employees’ frugality with meat and garnish, user Jakefinn (@jakefinnlifts) offers advice on how to get more food from the chain.
@jakefinnlifts #point with @eli_da_way #chipotlehacks #injakefinnwetrust ♬ original sound – Jakefinn
In the video, Jakefinn states that he goes out at 9:30 p.m., while his local Chipotle, which is twenty minutes away, closes at 10 p.m. He explains that ordering just before closing usually keeps workers from being particularly stingy with portions.
In its experience in the restaurant industry, the TikToker claims that the less trash a business has at the end of each day, “the more bonuses managers and employees sometimes receive.” So instead of throwing away the extras at the end of the night, Jakefinn says the workers will instead “load” you with food to avoid those losses.
However, he stresses that viewers should use his tip “sparingly”
The video racked up more than 197,000 views on Wednesday, with former and current Chipotle employees agreeing with the TikToker over the hack.
“I used to work at chipotle, this 100% job that I took like 4 empty bowls of chicken straight home every day,” one viewer shared.
“Yeah, well, we don’t throw anything at chipotle, but we try not to have too many repeats,” said a second.
“I work at Chipotle. we’ll hook you up on everything at the end of the night, I promise you,” a third echoed.
However, others pointed out potential issues with Jakefinn’s advice.
“I’ve been working at chipotle, either we’re out of food by 9 or what’s left is used the next day. The only thing that gets thrown away is rice and beans,” a former Chipotle employee commented.
“It’s risky and you have to be flexible because if they don’t have something you want they don’t restock you 10 minutes before closing time,” advised a second.
“I work at chipotle we closed early bc of people coming in 5 mins before closing. Don’t do this, we have to clean up and close the store, it’s boring,” said a third.
A few viewers criticized the creator for advising them to use this information “sparingly”, despite posting it on a huge social media platform.
“‘Use it sparingly’ but tell tiktok with millions of users,” one person joked.
“He said sparingly because y’all messed up the taco hack,” a second defended.
“Your first mistake was believing that the general public will use the information given to them sparingly. There is always that person,” a third criticized.
Jakefinn responded to the comment. “I’m going to be real, I didn’t expect it to go like this,” he explained.
The Daily Dot reached out to Jakefinn via a TikTok comment.
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*First published: November 9, 2022, 4:42 p.m. CST
Melody Heald is a cultural writer. Her work can be found in Glitter Magazine, BUST Magazine, and more.