Rosemary Hayne, 39, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for throwing a hot bowl of chicken, rice, and beans at 26-year-old Emily Russell.
"Every time you watch the video, it makes you more and more upset," Judge Timothy Gilligan told CNN. "I was thinking, 'What else can I do rather than just have her sit in jail'?"He decided to hand down the unusual sentence in an attempt to "teach [Hayne] a sense of empathy," giving her the choice between 90 days in jail or 30 days behind bars plus 60 days working a court-approved fast food job.
"Do you wanna walk in her shoes for two months and learn how people should treat people, or do you wanna do your jail time?" he asked her during the hearing, to which she replied, "I'd like to walk in her shoes."
Hayne has yet to find a job, however when she does, she will have to work 20 hours per week to fulfill the terms of the sentence.
Gilligan said it was important to "give her the opportunity to not let this one day define the rest of her life," noting that she had no criminal history, and had simply "lost her cool."
Upon hearing the sentence, Russell said Haynes was "going to get what she deserves."
"She's going to learn to work in fast food, and hopefully it will be good."
Following the September 5 incident, Russell quit her job at Chipotle and has since found employment elsewhere. One of friends set up a GoFundMe to show support, and it has since raised nearly $10,000.
In a statement to CNN, Chipotle said, "the health and safety of our employees is our greatest priority, and we’re pleased to see justice served for any individual that does not treat our team members with the respect they deserve."
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