On Wednesday, Chick-fil-A posted "record-setting" sales as thousands of people participated in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day after the chain's chief made anti-gay comments. We're taking a closer look at this interesting story from the Current community. Check it out and add your two cents:
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Lines at the chicken chain roped around buildings, customers waited upwards of two hours to purchase their chicken sandwiches, and even a few restaurants ran out of food. Many showed their support for Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's comments supporting traditional marriage.
"While we don't release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day," Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement.
"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," Robinson said. "We congratulate local Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators and their team members for striving to serve each and every customer with genuine hospitality."
Same-sex couples were urged to take photos and videos of themselves kissing outside of Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide.
Some of our community members felt strongly about protesting Chick-fil-A:
cztheday: "The idea that this demonstration was about free speech is laughable. If it were about free speech, they would have been holding placards denouncing attempts to deny them the right to speak freely. None of these people were being denied the freedom to express their opposition to gay marriage, therefore by definition the rally was not about freedom of speech... As to Chick Fil-A, since the owner decided to turn his business into a political platform, there is certainly nothing wrong with boycotting their franchises if you are LGBT or simply support same sex marriage. I have never eaten at one...and now I never will."
Ricky84: "Damn where's a salmonella outbreak when you need one? One another note I bet dollars to donuts more than a few chicken sandwiches were spit on by rightfully disgruntled gay and lesbian Chick-fil-a employees."
lazloman: "This never should have been a story. The owner has the right to be as wacky as he wants to be. As long as he doesn't discriminate against employees or patrons, he can be certifiable. Move on folks, nothing to more to be seen here."
RevKen: "Personally I do not care about the beliefs of the owner of this company until he crossed the line by saying that same-gender marriage and homosexuals are causing god's wrath on America. This sounds like the same crap that Westboro Baptist Church uses to demonstrate ate the funerals of soldiers. It is also similar to things people like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson say when a hurricane wipes out thousands of homes."
While others supported Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day:
Mishima: "Maybe people have sincere beliefs and they think that their principles are important enough to risk financial loss. That is courage."
Paratus: "What a crock. The intolerance is squarely in the room of the left in this issue who does not want a company in their area because the CEO has a belief that does not square with theirs. THAT is intolerance and something the left has been practicing for a long time. There was no intolerance on the part of Dans statements but there was beaucoup on the part of those who did not like them. Stop lying and admit it, the left (liberals not conservatives) is an intolerant, bigoted, hate group who makes every attempt to stamp out any thought or belief that is contrary to their own."
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