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'Supersized nothing-burger': Governor's office calls restaurant flap a misunderstanding

Kasia Gregorczyk
September 28, 2017 05:53 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- People get a craving for a burger now and then -- even, apparently, the governor of New Mexico. But the general manager at a Santa Fe restaurant claims that after a burger run, Gov. Susana Martinez failed to pay for her meal.

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The Santa Fe Reporter first reported the story Wednesday evening, and KOB went to the Five Star Burgers near De Vargas Mall to speak with the general manager and store employees about what happened.

As far as collecting on a tab, this wasn't the most outrageous offense. In fact, the bill for the governor's food was less than $20. But to the people here at Five Star Burgers, it was a big deal.

The general manager confirms two members of her security detail did pay for their food. It was only after Martinez allegedly crumpled up the receipt and put it in the trash before walking out.

The governor's office says it was a simple mistake and the bill was settled later in the evening. The restaurant confirms that.

"This is a supersized nothing-burger," said Joseph Cueto, a spokesperson for the governor's office. "The governor pays for her meals, including this one, and attempting to exploit an obviously honest misunderstanding just demonstrates how petty our politics have become."

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