Chick-Fil-A to the rescue in Birmingham
posted at 5:18 pm on January 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
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.