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Chick-Fil-A to the rescue in Birmingham

posted at 5:18 pm on January 29, 2014 by

Allahpundit has already written about the “traffic apocalypse” in Georgia, but this is a feel-good story to assuage a little of the anxiety of the crisis. The large numbers of people trapped in cars stuck on the highway got one business owner worried — so he sent employees out to deliver free food to make sure their health and spirits stayed buoyed through the ordeal.

Oh, did I mention that the business owner was a Chick-Fil-A franchisee?

So when the first snowflakes began to fall, no one paid all that much attention. But then, the flakes kept falling. Before too long folks in places like Hoover and Inverness realized it was much more than a dusting. By that point, it was too late for anyone to do anything.

Icy interstates and highways soon became clogged with cars and trucks. Thousands of motorists soon found themselves stranded with nowhere to go – including many stuck on Highway 280.

But a good number of those stranded motorists were able to find shelter in the storm thanks to the kindness and generosity of Chick-fil-A restaurant employees and the restaurant’s owner, Mark Meadows.

Once the snow started accumulating, Meadows closed the restaurant and sent his staff home. But a few hours later, many of them returned – unable to get to their homes.

And as long as they were available …

“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, slipping and sliding, as they offered hot juicy chicken breasts tucked between two buttered buns. And Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches.

The meal was a gift – no strings attached.

Lisa De Pasquale concludes:

Some are always quick to judge religious groups, people and companies when they disagree with them politically, but ignore the charity that a lot of them do.  Also, politics and charity aside, Chick-fil-A has the best fast food.  To quote “Poppy” from Seinfeld, “On this there can be no debate!”

I’d go with In-N-Out on that score, but today I’m not going to argue.

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Good on Adam Smith. /

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Rahm Emanuel hardest hit.

rbj on January 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

“Get that HATE-CHICKEN away from me!” – a liberal

Pork-Chop on January 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

One of the great corporations in America!!

If you ever have a chance, go to a meeting where they are presenting their corporate message…absolutely the best and greatest message of hope along with running a business to make a profit and strengthening a family…yes, you can do it all, they do it every day, every week…

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Rahm Emanuel hardest hit.

rbj on January 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

That is what popped into my head…

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

that is an awesome story! it genuinely brightened my day a little. =)

Sachiko on January 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Thanks, Ed. Great story.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2014 at 5:58 PM

:)

cmsinaz on January 29, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Ed,
Has In N Out hit Minnesota already? How do they keep that palm tree in the front alive under 10 feet of snow and at -45F?

NOMOBO on January 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM

“Get that HATE-CHICKEN away from me!” – a liberal

Pork-Chop on January 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Liberal parasites probably scarfed that free grub down so fast they didn’t even taste it.

CurtZHP on January 29, 2014 at 6:10 PM

If reported by MSDNC: Today, Chick-fil-A distributed chicken sandwiches WITHOUT napkins!

bernzright777 on January 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM

CFA is awesome. I need to make the drive to the nearest one soon.

BuckeyeSam on January 29, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Great story & comments – nice mix of sweetness & snark!

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Liberal parasites probably scarfed that free grub down so fast they didn’t even taste it.

CurtZHP on January 29, 2014 at 6:10 PM

And then complained that the people in the next car would get some food when they wanted more.

malclave on January 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Well done but not surprised

gophergirl on January 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

And then complained that the people in the next car would get some food when they wanted more.

malclave on January 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

You’re joking but this actually, literally happened at Zuccotti Park with Occupy Wall Street. Tons of donated food, not one of them paid a penny for it, but they kept the goat cheese ravioli and spinach salads (no I’m not kidding, fancy meals) all for themselves and voted against sharing it with local homeless people.

Good on Chik-fil-A and more power to them.

inviolet on January 29, 2014 at 9:15 PM

You’re joking but this actually, literally happened at Zuccotti Park with Occupy Wall Street. Tons of donated food, not one of them paid a penny for it, but they kept the goat cheese ravioli and spinach salads (no I’m not kidding, fancy meals) all for themselves and voted against sharing it with local homeless people.

Good on Chik-fil-A and more power to them.

inviolet on January 29, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Excellent point…

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I’m craving a Chick-Fil-A grilled chicken sandwich right now. I know what I want for lunch.

Ellen on January 30, 2014 at 5:28 AM

Because people are good. Thank you, Chik-Fil-A.

princetrumpet on January 30, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Looks like I now know where I’m getting drive-thru breakfast this morning…

JimLennon on January 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Such a nice story!

Makes me feel gay all over!

Shy Guy on January 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Washington Post headline: “Chick-Fil-A Employees Don’t Know How To Drive!”

Galtian on January 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Great franchise, great food, great customer service.

This doesn’t surprise me in the least. Good for them. God bless them for their continued great work.

GOPRanknFile on January 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

No big gubment food inspectors along Highway 280 to shut them down.

seven on February 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM