By Gary P Jackson
Yesterday I ran a collection of tweets and photos from around the country, showing huge crowds and long lines at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide.
It looked to be an unprecedented event, but one could only speculate.
Yesterday Rick Warren tweeted this:
Today, the company confirms it. Though they don’t release actual numbers, they say it was indeed a record setting day.
CNN offered this:
Chick-fil-A says it set a sales record on Wednesday, the day that supporters rallied around the fast-food chain amid a debate over its president’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
The chain won’t release sales numbers, but “we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day,” said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A’s executive vice president of marketing.
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The controversy started after an interview with the fast-food restaurant chain’s president and COO, Dan Cathy, appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16. He weighed in with his views on family.
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.“
From the Los Angeles Times:
Chick-fil-A appears to have set a company record in sales on Wednesday, a day on which Americans were encouraged to show their support for the fast-food restaurant whose leadership has drawn both criticism and praise in recent weeks for its opposition to same-sex marriage.
The privately held company declined to give specific sales figures but released a statement to the Los Angeles Times confirming that frenzied sales of chicken sandwiches and cross-cut waffle fries had made for a record-setting day.
“We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country,” said Steve Robinson, executive vice president of marketing, in the statement. “While we don’t release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day.”
The company, which started in 1946 and now has more than 1,615 locations nationwide, recorded annual sales of more than $4.1 billion last year.
Robinson said the Atlanta-based company was “grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers” who showed up at outlets in droves coast-to-coast. Customers often waited in long lines, many weathering the blistering summer sun, just to get in the front door.
Such images — as well as those of crowded Chick-fil-A counters and long lines of cars snaking through the drive-thru lanes — created a social media frenzy on Wednesday as they were shared and reshared on a variety of platforms, including Twitter.
The images suggested that sales were indeed going gangbusters, and confirmation of those suspicions arrived when Orange County Pastor Rick Warren tweeted a snippet of a conversation he’d had with Dan Cathy, president of the popular fast-food chain:
@DanCathy just called me. #ChickFilA has already set a world record today, with 7 more hrs to go in the West. #OutOfChicken
The company, which proudly abides by Bible-based principles and closes its doors to sales on Sundays, stressed in its statement that Chick-fil-A did not promote Wednesday’s turnout.
It also stressed that its employees abide by a service tradition to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.“
Robinson’s statement alluded to rumors that another protest (including “kiss-ins“) will be staged at Chick-fil-As on Friday by same-sex marriage supporters, which in turn has led to rumors of counter-counter-protests … you get the idea.
The company says Friday will just be another day, and another opportunity: “We understand from news reports that Friday may present yet another opportunity for us to serve with genuine hospitality, superior service and great food.“
Read more and see local video coverage here.
Fox News has it’s report here.
ABC has it’s version here.
There are hundreds of local news reports confirming the same robust sales nationwide.
I find it interesting to see the numbers of Blacks interviewed by the media. Though many of then vote democrat, Blacks tend to be very traditional when it comes to things like marriage and religion. They tend to highly oppose gay marriage. I’m surprised the media interviewed so many, knowing the narrative they’d love to push.
For the record, I don’t particularly care if a person is gay or straight. Like Dr Martin Luther King counseled, I’d rather judge folks by the content of their character. That said, marriage is a religious ceremony, and a concept that dates back thousands of years. It is supposed to be between a man and a woman. It’s no more difficult than that.
I aggravates me to see militant, and often hate-filled, radicals attack others for simply holding beliefs that are shared with the vast majority of people from around the world and every religion .
I’m also curious why these hate-filled, militant activists never, ever attack Muslim businesses or the Muslim religion. Islam teaches gays must be put to death. Christianity is just against two of them marrying. Which is worse?
Christianity teaches “love the sinner, hate the sin.” Islam teaches “kill em all!“
Of course, we all know the answer why these cowards choose to direct all their hate toward Christians, instead of Muslims. Christians don’t behead folks or strap bombs on their children and send them into crowds.
It would do the radicals good to remember which religion is more tolerant.