by Andy Weddington
Wednesday, 01 August 2012
"Sins, like chickens, come home to roost." Charles W. Chesnutt
"Q: What is Chick-fil-A’s response to the stories circulating in the media and on the Internet?
A: Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.
The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our Restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect–regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.
Our mission is simple: to serve great food, provide genuine hospitality and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."
Those values--honor, dignity, and respect, and more--are the same ones my parents used to raise me and my siblings. And they are the same values adhered to during decades of service as a Marine. And the same values that continue to guide me in daily life.
Wouldn't it be nice if every business was led by folks of principle and operated with such civic responsibility?
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's call for a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," in support of the company's and CEO Ron Cathy's position against gay marriage, for today spread like a virus. There was no need for the company to publicly embrace the idea. Around the country, stores were packed. Drive-thru lines were long and winding. And accordingly, record-breaking sales.
Most likely for every in-store customer and car in the parking lot and drive-thru line there was more than a handful turned away or who stayed away because of the lines. But supportive still. Too bad there was no way for Chick-fil-A to capitalize on all those possible sales.
Shame on the mayors who went public saying Chick-fil-A was not welcome in their towns. Are you kidding? For stupidity alone, resign. Your citizens work there--hint, hint, they are employed. Your citizens eat there--hint, hint, they spend money. Chick-fil-A pays taxes. Chick-fil-A is a partner that gives back to your community. Businesses aren't exactly expanding or popping up like mushrooms after a rain storm that in turn grow municipal revenues. Bird brains! Good grief.
It's not the Kentucky colonel's 'finger lickin' good' kind but Chick-fil-A puts out a darn good spread of fast food chicken meals. Yes, they do. And I eat there whenever happening by and there's room for a sandwich; rarely is there not. And I will continue to patronize and support Chick-fil-A because their values--in principle and on the menu--make sense and cents.
To all the fowl-feathered and foul-mouthed chickens strutting around clucking against Chick-fil-A, "Go pluck yourself!"
A "beef" with Chick-fil-A? Then don't eat there.