As an involved, active dad I have started many family traditions. One of the more regular ones is a family night at Chick-fil-A. In fact, last week we ate there twice.
Their deep-fried chicken nuggets and strips are a family favorite. Their sweet iced-tea is my wife’s beverage of choice, and their IceDream (ice cream) is incredible. We also enjoy the savings of a free meal on kids’ night.
Chick-fil-a is also well-known for having the fast food industry’s best customer service with their “my pleasure” responses, refill patrols and the infamous “toy swap for ice cream” genius.
Their food’s quality and staff’s service have earned them a huge fan base. They’ve even had a comedian parody a famous Beatles song.
Recently, that fan base got a bit smaller as their CEO publicly reinforced their values and spoke of their biblically-based business practices. Ever notice how they are closed on Sundays?
If you’ve been off-the-grid, you can read one news story here.
Jonathan Merritt’s piece sums it up nicely…
Dan Cathy, president of one of America’s largest express fast food chains, has been frying more than chicken filets this week. The Chick-fil-A executive infuriated gay and lesbian groups when he again defended his company’s anti-gay marriage position in an interview this week with a Christian news outlet.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Not surprisingly, his comments were met with fury by those who support same-sex marriage. The company was labeled a “hate group” by many on Twitter and in the blogosphere, and drew promises of boycotts from notables including The Office star Ed Helms. Meanwhile, Americans who patronize the chain’s 1,600 locations were left wondering what to do.
Should they swear off the legendary chicken sandwiches to support gay rights? Or could they eat one of the filets anyway, knowing their dollars would be but a drop in the bucket for a chain that has more than $4 billion in annual sales and donated a pittance to groups they may disagree with?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and can choose how to spend or not spend their money. I’m personally burnt out on the boycott culture. If you choose to not eat Chick-fil-a ever again, more power to you. But as for me and my house, we will continue to enjoy their yummy waffle fries until the cows come home.
Besides, where else can I dress up with my daughter “incowgnito” and get our favorite meal for free?
P.S. We saw our lesbian neighbor friends there with their kids too. They didn’t seem to care.