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Fired Garrett Popcorn Shops Aisha Putnam accused of stealing secret popcorn recipes, lawsuit alleges



CHICAGO (WLS) – Garrett Popcorn Shops filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against a former employee who allegedly stole 5,400 files.

The former employee, Aisha Putnam, was the director of research and development for four years at the iconic Chicago chain. She was one of three people who had access to her private files. The company says they were guarded so closely.

Putnam signed a non-compete as well as a confidentiality agreement. After Putnam left the company she signed a document saying that she deleted all the information in her possession, but refused forensic review of her electronic devices.

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The information they provide includes product processes distribution agreements, supplier information, and pricing. The lawsuit alleges that she took with her a USB containing 5,400 files containing the vast amount of information.

On Tuesday, the Garrett location in the Streeterville location was busy and customers were adamant about their loyalty to the gourmet popcorn.

"We've got their back, they've had ours, with really good popcorn," said Hammad Isa.

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