Confirmed: Record Setting Wednesday for Chick-fil-A

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:

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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.

[ …. ]

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 familythe 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.


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8 responses to “Confirmed: Record Setting Wednesday for Chick-fil-A

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  2. “Christianity is just against two of them marrying.”

    While I do agree that Christianity never teaches nor condones the killing or punishing of those who don’t follow the teachings of Jesus (Christianity).. It does not simply disagree with the marrying of homosexuals but ALL sex outside of marriage… Christianity teaches that ALL sexual relations outside of marriage, between 1 man and 1 woman, is wrong because it goes against God’s design for Mankind.. This would include premarital sex, adulatory and homosexuality…. It’s a shame that Christians, today, get labeled as “Bigots” for disagreeing with homosexuality when, in fact, that is just one sexual behavior that is taught as being wrong in God’s eyes..

    • Gary P Jackson

      Indeed. We are all sinners though, some of us more than others. While I get upset about the big things, murder, theft, things that really hurt others, I tend to leave the rest in God’s hands. It’s up to him to judge what others do.

      That said, most Christians are pretty tolerant of everyone, as long as they aren’t intolerant of them. We’re rather easy going, when you get right down to it.

  3. Christians Stand and Unite

    I am highly, proud of Chick-fi-la for not turning and cowaring to immorality; all the people who support the company~
    “Christianity teaches “love the sinner, HATE the sin.” Islam teaches “kill em all!“ GP
    ” God always accepts the human but not the sin; it is the human who chooses to separate from God by doing s ( sinning), never the other way around~ And as love creates life hate tries to destroy it~ The two cannot be meshed for they are both extreme opposites~” TL
    The founder of Islam decided he didn’t want the people to have a choice and that Islam should be forced~ To force is control and it is an offspring of hate~ Christianity based in love gives free choice and this is the biggest difference ( A Human Story of Love vs Hate)~
    Regarding Gay marriage, I believe that most gays feel that if they get married in a church or in their eyes, ” under God’s eyes” they will not feel guilt anymore and will be accepted~ However, the guilt will not fade from this action because it is the un-natural order of gay that makes them feel guilty (not the way society is set up)~ And inturn that guilt turns to a deep hatred ( which causes most to go off the deep end of immoriality) toward those who don’t, such as, a married woman and man~ So, the attitude seems to be if you want accept my un-natural order I will then attempt to distort or destroy your sanctity~ Moreover, I like to state there is no phrase such as, “special rights” within the word “equality”~
    Martin Luther King Jr had a dream that if the people of all races didn’t teach their children to see a difference the children wouldn’t grow to see one~ Christians should always refrain from anykind of hate because it is the opposite of God~ As example, instead of saying ” I hate those people” I say, “I would love it if those people weren’t that way~” See the difference~?

  4. Jim Thompson

    Amen!! Like I Said Before, And I’ll say it again until I’m Blue in the face: Sarah Palin deserves credit for this. Enough said.

    • Gary P Jackson

      Oddly enough, Mick Huckabee is getting credit for organizing this, but I never head he was involved until reading the recaps. No doubt Sarah and Todd stopping at Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands got more coverage!

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