To Save Change-Making Time, Chipotle Rounds Bill Up

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A customer in New Jersey told The Star-Ledger the restaurant was rounding his bill to the nearest nickel — often collecting an extra cent. Restaurants in New York did the same. Chipotle says it wants to avoid wasting time on change and that it's been rounding bills down as well.

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Every so often, people talk of eliminating the penny - which isn't worth much anymore. It survives, but not in a Chipotle restaurant in New Jersey. The Star-Ledger says a customer discovered the restaurant rounding his bill to the nearest nickel, often collecting an extra cent.

Restaurants in New York and Missouri did the same. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: The rounding is done only in New Jersey and New York.] Chipotle says it just wants to avoid wasting time on too much change, and that it's been rounding bills down as well as up.

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Correction Aug. 30, 2012

A previous version of this Web introduction, as does the story audio, incorrectly listed Missouri as one of the states where Chipotle restaurants round customers' bills to the nearest nickel. The rounding is done in New York and New Jersey.

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