Tuesday, March 19, 2013
In a move that's sure to fuel fires similar to that of the Chick-Fil-A protests of 2012, Chipotle Mexican Restaurants have decided to pull their sponsorship of a Utah Scout-A-Rama event after admitting that their support of the event ran counter to company policy.
Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold, by way of ThinkProgress, who asked Chipotle about the policy inconsistency in the first place:
By way of follow up, we have terminated our sponsorship of this event.
As I mentioned yesterday, community support decisions like this are made in a decentralized way and this one was inconsistent with our own policy. We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future.
The Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America is "the largest council in the Boy Scouts of America and the leading voice within the BSA against lifting the nationwide ban on LGBT Scouts and leaders," according to ThinkProgress.
Good for Chipotle for standing by their company-wide scruples, though I have to question who thought it was a good idea to challenge those scruples in the first place—and why they went back on their original stance, which was to hold firm to their Scout-O-Rama sponorship.