Chick-fil-A Does A Good Thing

A strong piece of Christian witness: the manager and employees of a Chick-fil-A in Alabama handed out several hundred free sandwiches to drivers stranded on the road in a snow storm.

Those of us in the north are looking at the couple of inches of snow that paralyzed the south and wondering, “What the heck is wrong with you people?,” but it’s no joke down there. They’re not accustomed to or prepared for this weather, and people are spending hours and hours stuck in cars on the road and sleeping in schools and offices overnight as the region grinds to a standstill.

One Chick-fil-A owner was trapped as well, so he walked the mile to his store and then brought food back to others:

“We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to – as long as we had food to give out.”

The staffers braved the falling snow and ice and Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches.

The meal was a gift – no strings attached.

So why did they give away their food?

This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you’re worried about money or profit,” Pitts says. “We were just trying to follow the model that we’ve all worked under for so long and the model that we’ve come to love. There was really nothing else we could have done but try to help people any way we could.”

The Chick-fil-A also allowed anyone who wanted to sleep on a bench or a booth.

I have Chick-fil-A on my Facebook feed, and every post they make is barraged by gay “marriage” zealots braying at the company for their alleged “hate” because the owners oppose same sex unions and run their stores in keeping with their Christian principles. (For example, all stores are closed on Sunday.) Feeding the hungry for free: that’s an interesting definition of “hate,” isn’t it?

God bless these folks. This is how it’s done.

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  • Blog Goliard

    Opposition to the trendy-lefty cause du jour wipes away any and every real virtue.

    Support of the trendy-lefty cause du jour makes the practice of real virtue unnecessary.

    Shelby Steele had an article in the WSJ back in 1998 that revealed this dynamic to me, in the context of the Clinton impeachment drama. I used to have the clipping on hand…will have to dig it up again sometime.

  • Kimberly Gill

    God = Love. Follow God and there will always be love and never the opposite♥

  • Ken shane

    Great people! Where is this on the “general media”? Nowhere because it is a poitive event not connected to gollum.

  • Linebyline

    I love this. Living proof that businesses are, contrary to popular belief, about more than just maximizing profits at all costs.

    I hope and pray that if I’m ever in a position like this, I’ll have the grace to perform an act of love like this. Unfortunately, I think my first thought would be along the lines of “Screw this, I own a Chick-Fil-A, Imma go get me a sammich.” I’m a horribly self-centered person, which you can tell by counting the number of first-person pronouns in this paragraph.

    I’m curious, though: What did they do to keep the food warm?

  • Manny

    I saw that and all I can say is God bless them. They really live their faith. I wish we had one up in the New York area, but alas no.

  • Brian Westley

    Feeding the hungry for free: that’s an interesting definition of “hate,” isn’t it?

    I missed the part where anyone castigated Chick-fil-a for feeding the hungry for free.

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    Clearly, you also missed the part where Chick-fil-A is barraged with hateful people telling them they’re haters and wishing they’d go out of business.

  • Brian Westley

    No, I saw that part. I missed where anyone castigated Chick-fil-a for feeding the hungry for free, as you wrote.

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    Did I say they castigated Chick-fil-a specifically for feeding the hungry, or is reading comprehension on the internet just continuing its steady decline? See, those of us who oppose same-sex marriage as a trendy and oxymoronic bit of social re-engineering are told, on a daily basis, that we are hateful evil people who should just die. Whether or not I (or Chick-fil-a) are feeding the hungry at a given moment is irrelevant to that opinion. Chick-fil-a announces the addition of pickles to a sandwich on Facebook and hundreds of people tell them they’re scum. You think giving out sandwiches is going to change that kind of mindless hate? The gay lobby has so poisoned the debate that any opposition is not merely different or wrong, but evil, and must be existed from society. Since you’re not on the receiving end of this torrent of hate, maybe you should just shut up about it.

  • Brian Westley

    Did I say they castigated Chick-fil-a specifically for feeding the hungry, or is reading comprehension on the internet just continuing its steady decline?

    It certainly looks like that:
    Feeding the hungry for free: that’s an interesting definition of “hate,” isn’t it?

    As I said, I haven’t seen anyone castigating them for feeding the hungry; it’s just a non-sequitur. If, say, Lester Maddox had fed people for free, that would also be a good deed, but it wouldn’t be a sensible defense against criticism (even vehement criticism) of his refusal to serve black customers.

    It’s an association fallacy.

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    Holy crap now you’re trotting out the fallacy dictionary. Yeah, I studied that one too.

    If you saw the comments I didn’t publish or that I’ve read elsewhere, about how this changes nothing about how Chick-fil-A is a hate group no matter what they’re doing, would that matter? We’re not talking about the objective morality of the act or actor, but about about the perception in the mind of zealots. It’s not an actual “definition” of “hate” because opposing gay marriage never had anything to do with hate in the first place. There’s no fallacy because there’s no rational argument: it’s mocking a fundamentally IRrational argument that I see all the time; specifically, a chicken restaurant is the NaziKlanSkinheads because they oppose an ontological impossibility dreamed up about a decade ago and which we are now supposed to assume is a fundamental human right because some people cried a lot.

    This circular nitpickery is fascinating, but since I’m pretty sure you’re just yanking my chain for lulz, I’ll pass on continuing.

  • Brian Westley

    Look, you published an idiotic statement and I called you on your idiocy. Nobody has been calling Chick-fil-a a hate group for feeding hungry people.

    You, on the other hand, seem more concerned about speech that hurts people’s feelings than actual civil rights (by the way, gay marriage isn’t an “ontological impossibility” except for theocrats who think their god’s laws ought to rule everyone).

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    [facepalm] It’s just no use.

  • Brian Westley

    Not in arguing with you, no.