There's a catch to Chipotle's new free food deal


Chipotle is giving away free food — again. But it isn't as simple as walking into your nearest location and demanding a free burrito.

You'll have to play a memory game first in order to get a buy one, get one coupon.

While the matching game probably reminds you of something you did as a 5-year-old, it actually serves several purposes.

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For starters, it's good PR. Multiple outbreaks of salmonella, E. coli and norovirus contaminated Chipotle food and resulted in hundreds of customers getting sick in 2015.

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The restaurant lost millions of dollars in sales — and plenty of customers — because of the outbreaks.

Besides being part of Chipotle's comeback campaign, the free-food game also reminds people about its use of fresh ingredients.

It points out that Chipotle's food doesn't contain anything artificial — something the company's marketing team has not-so-subtly incorporated into the memory game.

Unfortunately, Chipotle's free food deal is only available to customers in the U.S. and Canada. Sorry, Europe.

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