I cannot find anyone else who is affected by this bug, so I am reluctant to believe it is actually a bug with google chrome.
To better understand what I am dealing with here I have created a short video of what is happening.
I have un-installed google chrome and chromium and removed their associated folders in the
~/.cache directory. Then re-installed chrome using
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable however the problem persists.
Any help tracking down why this is happening and how I might circumvent it would be greatly appreciated!