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Updated: ‘Absolutely mobbed’ - Chick-Fil-A restaurants deluged
Life Site News ^ | August 1, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT

Posted on 08/01/2012 3:10:41 PM PDT by NYer

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2012 (LifeSitenews.com) - Countless lunchgoers posted pictures on their Facebook pages and Twitter showing their Chick-Fil-A stores and drive-thrus stuffed to the gills on Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, a show of support for CEO Dan Cathy’s Biblical stance on marriage.

Conservative leaders from across America described the chicken-crazed chaos.

Jim Sedlak of the American Life League said that “our little Chick-Fil-A in Stafford, Virginia was absolutely mobbed at lunch time,” forcing hungry families to journey over from nearby parking lots.

“They have a very little parking lot, but it was just absolutely mobbed today. It was terrific,” Sedlak told LifeSiteNews.com over the telephone. He said the drive through line “snaked almost twice around the building” and, “from the size of the bags people were carrying out, purchasing LOTS of food.”

“Drive thru 1/4 mile long and an epic crowd outside waiting. No parking for 1/4 mile,” Troy Newman of Pro-Life Nation, which is based in Wichita, Kan., told LSN in an email from his mobile phone. “And it’s 106 degrees! Get me a peach shake.”

Both mainstream media and local media are taking notice. NPR noted with photos that the Appreciation Day brought out “supportive crowds,” while the Huffington Post posted a liveblog streaming news of luncheoning marriage supporters, contrasted with sentiment from opponents. ABC and CNN noted the “throngs” of “thousands” supporting the event, while the U.K.‘s Guardian newspaper catalogued the chicken-fest from afar with a collection of Twitter updates.

Another marriage supporter said she was “a little disappointed” when she saw no crowd in the morning, but the quarter-mile drive through backup at lunch made up for it.

“Once I got into the place, you could hardly move.  It was rockin’!  And no one seemed to mind the wait.  Everyone was smiling and high-fiving each other,” she said. A friend said the nearby restaurant in a shopping mall was also packed.

Blogger Jill Stanek told LSN simply, “overcrowded” - with a picture of a sign directing Chick-Fil-A parking to the home improvement megastore Lowe’s.

Cassie Dignam, marketing manager of the Chick-Fil-A in Orland Park, IL, told Stanek the business was “crazy since 9 am” despite having been barely aware of the event themselves.  “We heard about the Chick-Fil-A appreciation day through the media. It isn’t sponsored by us,” she said. “We’ve had more customers today than we had at our grand opening.”

As fans line up for a hot chicken lunch at Chick-Fil-A Wednesday to support the company’s stance for traditional marriage, one family leader is calling on participants to snap photos of the event at their local restaurant and send them in for publishing on his Facebook page.

Over 600,000 people joined the Facebook event for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, vowing to “Eat More Chikin” at their local restaurant.

Bryan Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association (AFA) and host of talk radio program Focal Point, is calling on all involved in the August 1 “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” to help him collect proof of participation of those who decided to “eat mor chikin” than usual that day. Photos can be sent to focalpoint (at) afr.net, along with information on the location, what was ordered and when.

“Be Creative and your picture will be more likely posted,” said a post on the Focal Point Facebook page Wednesday.

The attacks against Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy for defending traditional marriage has made unlikely allies, with the likes of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and former Sen. Rick Santorum siding with the American Civil Liberties Union to decry discrimination against Cathy’s right to his religious beliefs.

The mayors of Boston, Chicago and D.C. have meanwhile joined a chorus of liberal personalities calling for the famously Christian restaurant to be banished, declaring belief in traditional marriage tantamount to bigotry against homosexuals: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in a tweet Friday dubbed the chain “hate chicken.”

The crusade against traditional marriage supporters marks a new epoch unleashed after President Obama walked back his own long-held position in favor of traditional marriage, finally declaring support for redefining the institution in May after months of speculation.


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1 posted on 08/01/2012 3:10:49 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Even the nuns went out of their way to show their support! This was at the Burlington Mall in MA.

2 posted on 08/01/2012 3:13:18 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

$15 T-shirt:

http://www.amazon.com/Chick-fil—T-shirt-Color-red-Cotton-Preshrunk/dp/B004NMCZFO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343859035&sr=8-1&keywords=chick-fil-A+shirt


3 posted on 08/01/2012 3:14:45 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Unfortunately, we now know that Amazon.com is bankrolling the anti-Christians on the marriage issue.


4 posted on 08/01/2012 3:19:30 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: NYer

http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/supporters-flock-to-chick-fil-a


5 posted on 08/01/2012 3:22:43 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: NYer

I will go Friday after I get my SS check.


6 posted on 08/01/2012 3:23:12 PM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: NYer; The Mayor; Sun; Salvation; GOPJ; Libloather
The crusade against traditional marriage marked a new epoch after vote-crazed President Obama sucked up to gays by declaring support for redefining the institution of marriage last May.

The idiot dancing mayor of Chicago (Ohaha's ex-COS) also said something stupid about Chick-fil-a .... surprising Rahm's idiot ex-boss in the WH hasn’t yet attacked Chick-fil-A on its opposition to same-sex marriage.

No way Ohaha's gonna touch that issue.

Mmmmmmm.....remember the goofy, dorky look Obama had on his face after he came out for SSM....knowing his sucking up to gays had shot Romney's numbers into the stratosphere?

That was a memorable Ohaha campaign flop....one of many.

Walking it back.

"Duh, when I said I was for same sex marriage,
I certainly did not mean SSM for humans."

7 posted on 08/01/2012 3:25:39 PM PDT by Liz
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To: NYer

I don’t know how to post pictures, but I’m in line at Chik-Fil-A in Monroeville, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. If I had to guess, I’d say we won’t be eating for at least another hour.

And there are two lonely lesbians in the parking lot flipping us off. Boo hoo.


8 posted on 08/01/2012 3:30:09 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: gaijin

Before ordering anything from Amazon, you might want to check this out.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57481951-93/amazons-bezos-donates-$2.5m-in-support-of-same-sex-marriage/


9 posted on 08/01/2012 3:33:33 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: NYer

rather then standing in that line my wife and I eat their last night which was still packed


10 posted on 08/01/2012 3:34:49 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: NYer

Here in SE Houston the line of cars went back a quarter of a mile waiting to get in. There is a big WalMart across the street and constant pedestrian traffic over the 4-lane to get to the Chick-Fil-A. I waited in the line of traffic to show support until I realized I would be late for work. Then came back mid-afternoon to get lunch and a carry-out supper. Still took me 5 minutes to even get into the parking lot at 3 PM.


11 posted on 08/01/2012 3:34:50 PM PDT by GrinFranklin
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To: NYer
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12 posted on 08/01/2012 3:39:21 PM PDT by 12chachacha (I just learned how, like THIS)
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To: NYer

Boycott them! /s

It will drive them outta business or at least change their attitute to a more correck view.


13 posted on 08/01/2012 3:45:52 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: NYer

Hey, Mayor. Take your ‘VALUES’ and SHOVE THEM WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE! It will probably be enjoyable for you.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 3:52:20 PM PDT by greenhornet68
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To: surroundedbyblue
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15 posted on 08/01/2012 3:56:36 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1289 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: NYer
At 4:30 PM in Gulfport, Mississippi, I passed a local Chick-Fil-A and there were 3 Motorcycle policemen directing traffic... which was backing up the South bound lanes on Highway 49 for several blocks. There were two lines of cars in the drive through and I saw what appeared to be an employee delivering food to the outside lane of cars while another was taking orders. The North parking lot of a Best Buy next door was jammed packed to capacity and the police were diverting traffic onto an east west service road until parking spots opened up. My first generation Motorola Android died or I would have snapped some pics.

A Hardees only three doors down, had exactly ONE car in its lot. A McD's two blocks away had about 4 cars and no one in the drive through lane. Burger King was also dead.

I honked my horn as I passed and I was met by a harmonic symphony! GOD is alive and well and smiling upon Chick-Fil-A today. We won one for HIM today! Praise GOD!

LLS

16 posted on 08/01/2012 4:00:11 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Steve Van Doorn
Hope those queer loving Mayors in Boston, Chi, etc., have a feeling after that they would have after they had dropped the soap in the shower with their favored constituents.

We are in a war with our God as a nation, and we need to get out nation back before his wrath

17 posted on 08/01/2012 4:02:36 PM PDT by oldtimer (Q)
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To: NYer
Chick-fil-A at 27th Ave. and the 101 in Phoenix, AZ Chick Fil A, 8/1/2012 In Line, 8/1/2012
18 posted on 08/01/2012 4:07:15 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: madprof98; gaijin
That shirt is also for sale on the Chick-Fil-A website.
19 posted on 08/01/2012 4:10:07 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: NYer

I’ll be looking for coverage of this on NBC, NYT,et al...


20 posted on 08/01/2012 4:11:02 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Petruchio

Friday is a good day because the freak show is free.


21 posted on 08/01/2012 4:14:31 PM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: NYer

I wish I could be a fly on the wall (well, actually, two flies on two walls) right now wherever Mayors Emmannuel and Menino are as they watch, or are being told of, today’s events at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country. It would be a MasterCard “Priceless” moment to capture their looks and feelings.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 4:16:55 PM PDT by hollywood (Stay on topic, please.)
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To: NYer
Peaceful crowds waiting in long lines who spend a lot of money, bus their own tables and then go home. As opposed to:
23 posted on 08/01/2012 4:17:20 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Petruchio
Well if you go this Friday, be prepared to possibly encounter a few militant homosexuals acting-out, inappropriately, in a fast food restaurant.

They plan to “protest” by kissing inside the stores.
I doubt they mean a short polite greeting kiss in a socially acceptable public display of affection ...

When people attempt to ignore them, they will likely get loud, obnoxious and possibly even violent.

24 posted on 08/01/2012 4:18:16 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: surroundedbyblue
you went to monroeville and we went to Greensburg, PA..and both the chick fli A there were packed wall to wall. with happy people, smiling faces, kindness and respect...just what you would expect from Christian, Conservatives... YEA WE HAVE WAKEN UP AMERICA...START PACKING OBAMA ♥
25 posted on 08/01/2012 4:19:39 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: LibLieSlayer

“We won one for HIM today! Praise GOD!!!”

So darn well said!

Amen!

IMHO


26 posted on 08/01/2012 4:21:22 PM PDT by ripley
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To: NYer

Please, in this heat, if you see someone who is elderly or disabled determined to walk a long way to get to the Chick-fil-A, please offer them a lift!

I know it’s a little unusual to offer strangers such a short hop, not something most people would think of, but there are lots of people who are very determined to get there.

I just found out a family friend in another city was having car problems and decided to walk about a mile to get there. She collapsed on the sidewalk and fortunately someone in her neighborhood saw her and offered her help. After getting her in the shade and giving her a cold drink, she refused an ambulance, and asked for a cab to take her the rest of the way, to the Chick-fil-A.

Some people are stubborn. The other lady gave her a lift, and they both had lunch there. She’s okay.


27 posted on 08/01/2012 4:22:39 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: NYer
Meet S. Truett Cathy, The 91-Year-Old Billionaire Behind Chick-Fil-A
28 posted on 08/01/2012 4:22:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

It’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOO delicious!

IMHO


29 posted on 08/01/2012 4:23:03 PM PDT by ripley
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To: LibLieSlayer

I earnestly pray that the republican representatives wake up to just what this really means! We are being peaceful and using our wallets ... for now. If they don’t pay attention and act accordingly, we will use our ballots next!


30 posted on 08/01/2012 4:25:11 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: surroundedbyblue
And there are two lonely lesbians in the parking lot flipping us off. Boo hoo.

Oh please post a picture of them. I will be visiting the Monroeville one again on Friday.
31 posted on 08/01/2012 4:27:12 PM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: ripley; LibLieSlayer

What would really be great is for Mr. Cathy to follow this up with something like “As you know, every day a portion of all profits goes to charity. But for Wednesday, Aug. 1, ALL of the profits from that day will be going back to local charities. Just a small expression of our thanks to the communities that have shown their support.”

Of course, Mr. Cathy is free to do as he chooses. But I think he would be the first to realize that this is not about him, or eaten mor chikin.


32 posted on 08/01/2012 4:35:43 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: NYer

LOL! Get to go out to eat and show support for Christian values in one swoop!
This is why we were getting sundaes and brownies last night, and went there for a playdate / lunch last weekend.


33 posted on 08/01/2012 4:42:42 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: NYer

As I’ve watched the reporting, videos and pictures throughout the day - I saw so many people of color in lines in many different towns.

I am gratified, and my faith is restored. It is good to have media stereotypes proved wrong.


34 posted on 08/01/2012 4:44:06 PM PDT by Parity
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To: gaijin

Amazon doesn’t deserve our business. Go here instead:

http://www.shopchick-fil-a.com/Default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

For any that might be interested, Truett Cathy authored a little book that would make a very nice gift at around $10. I bought it for my Dad a few years ago and he thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s a link on this thread:

“It’s Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men”:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2910577/posts?page=9


35 posted on 08/01/2012 4:44:17 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia (Boston's mayor is anti-Christian and anti-free speech.)
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To: ripley

Thank HIM... HE inspired me! God bless you.

LLS


36 posted on 08/01/2012 4:49:18 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: haircutter; surroundedbyblue

I am so happy to hear about monroeville and greensburg! I live in northern VA now but am originally from up there, went to Kiski Area HS back in the day!


37 posted on 08/01/2012 4:49:45 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: MHGinTN

I am 1000% in agreement with you!!! I pray many times in a day... for all of us.

LLS


38 posted on 08/01/2012 4:51:55 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: 21twelve

It is a good idea... if he has the authority to do it... you should send him an email.

LLS


39 posted on 08/01/2012 4:54:11 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: NYer

That so cool

HEY Even good Sisters know where get good chicken and waffles LOL!


40 posted on 08/01/2012 5:16:25 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“At 4:30 PM in Gulfport, Mississippi,”

It was crazy in Mobile. It took me about an hour and a half from arrival to getting my food. No complaint about CFA, the were totally overwhelmed and were doing the absolute best they could. The staff, despite the crowds and stress, were extremely cheerful and helpful. The customers had outstanding attitudes with no complaints or signs of impatience. It was incredible.


41 posted on 08/01/2012 5:27:22 PM PDT by suthener
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To: suthener

Not much busier than usual in Knoxville TN.


42 posted on 08/01/2012 5:34:12 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

That’s kind of strange considering what it looks like happened every where else around the country.


43 posted on 08/01/2012 5:44:33 PM PDT by suthener
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To: GrinFranklin
7pm in Schaumburg, Il, a suburb 25 miles from downtown Chicago, The drive thru line to get in was about a half mile long, with cops directing traffic in and out. The Champps lot shared with CFA was packed. The Sports Authority and Michaels lot next door was packed, the Bed Bath And Beyond and Golfsmith lot, next door on the otherside was packed, the Best Buy lot across the street was packed.

I was involved with the youth ministry at my old church, where we had weekly attendance of 600-700 kids plus 100 leaders.

Easily 600 people OUTSIDE CFA, with more arriving.

Personally, I'd like to see the gays do a kiss in. The way I see it, the more the gays make this an issue, the more normal people will rebel against them.

Sooner or later the gays may figure out that their shenanigans are actually BOOSTING CFA's sales.

44 posted on 08/01/2012 5:48:37 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: GrinFranklin
7pm in Schaumburg, Il, a suburb 25 miles from downtown Chicago, The drive thru line to get in was about a half mile long, with cops directing traffic in and out. The Champps lot shared with CFA was packed. The Sports Authority and Michaels lot next door was packed, the Bed Bath And Beyond and Golfsmith lot, next door on the otherside was packed, the Best Buy lot across the street was packed.

I was involved with the youth ministry at my old church, where we had weekly attendance of 600-700 kids plus 100 leaders.

Easily 600 people OUTSIDE CFA, with more arriving.

Personally, I'd like to see the gays do a kiss in. The way I see it, the more the gays make this an issue, the more normal people will rebel against them.

Sooner or later the gays may figure out that their shenanigans are actually BOOSTING CFA's sales.

45 posted on 08/01/2012 5:55:13 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: hollywood

46 posted on 08/01/2012 6:00:13 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

I left for work 30 mins early thinking that at 2pm the CFA at Grand and Bell in Surprise wouldn’t be that busy. Place was swamped with people! Couldn’t wait in line as I had to get to work. The wait had to be at least an hour or more.


47 posted on 08/01/2012 6:28:24 PM PDT by Getsmart64
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Even people who are for homosexual marriage supported Chic-Fil-A today.

This is also a tremendous opportunity to support the First Amendment. The mayors who are trying to bully Chic-Fil-A will find themselves in a world of hurt because as hard as they try, We still have FREE SPEECH in America.


48 posted on 08/01/2012 7:00:03 PM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: Liz

Somebody called Huckabee’s radio show and said people were standing in line in the rain.


49 posted on 08/01/2012 7:11:22 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: NYer

Posted this in another related thread:

I stopped by after work today, around 5:30, and the drive through had a line wrapped around twice, and the parking lot was full. I took some pictures, but they are on my phone, which apparently has a terrible camera. Anyways, it was completely packed inside, but I thought I’d share some things I heard while there.

They had set up a section of the restaurant to be a sit down area with a small wait staff to help organize seating and a man got up and went to pay for an iced tea. The manager was behind the counter, and said it was on the house. The man refused and said, “I insist on paying.” (And I also saw that he paid more than the cost of the tea) I also heard two other people tell the manager that if they had run out of food, they would have given Chick Fil A money anyway.

Also, I heard several people say they came in for two or more meals, and one man said that for lunch he was at the original restaurant, and Newt Gingrich was there (don’t know if that’s true, but it is what I heard). I also heard about several traffic delays on the radio because lines from Chick Fil A’s by the highway exit were backing up onto the exit ramp.

The manager also mentioned that they were just as busy as when I arrived for most of the day. And..there were so many orders backed up (due to sheer volume of people, not slow service), that they had to temporarily stop taking orders because their computers couldn’t handle any more backlog.

All in all, it was really great to see so many of the silent majority stand up against liberals’ attacks on marriage.


50 posted on 08/01/2012 7:30:56 PM PDT by Drrdot (Instead of banning guns, why don't we just outlaw murder......)
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