Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Brings Out Crowds of Supporters

Crowds flocked to area Chick-fil-A restaurants on Wednesday, as patrons showed up to support the business and its owners.

Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, called for a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on Aug. 1, and throughout the area, many patrons flocked to nearby restaurants to show their support.

In July, Chief Executive Officer Dan Cathy made headlines when he was quoted in a Baptist Press interview as saying he supported "the biblical definition of the family unit."

“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” Cathy said in the interview with Baptist Press.

Now, the public wonders if Cathy and Chick-fil-A are anti-gay. The comments have led to support on one side, and concern on the other. And, patrons everywhere are showing their support for the company.

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At the a manager said scores of people showed up during the lunch rush. Lines extended to the back of the restaurant into the seating area.

And, by 2 p.m., there were still crowds of people, inching through the drive-through lane. 

In nearby Snellville, people parked at nearby church when Chick-fil-A's lot got full. The restaurant was packed wall-to-wall with people, showing support of the well-known food chain.

"I believe that we should have our freedom of speech even if we don’t agree," said Maxine Hook, "We should be able to speak how we feel.  I don’t condemn them for what they believe and they shouldn’t condemn us for what we believe."

In Loganville, police and fire officials were called to manage crowds at a Chick-fil-A there, according to . Fire officials were stationed at each side of the restaurant, only letting more people in one door as customers left via the other.

And, police also helped control traffic that backed up on U.S. Highway 78.

Loganville Chick-fil-A owner Edgar Brush said he'd never seen crowds like the ones today. "I thought I might even double what we usually do, but nothing like this," he was quoted as saying.

In response to Huckabee's call for support for Chick-fil-A, another group, Fund for the Public Interest, called for a National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A on Friday.

As of Tuesday at 5:20 p.m., some 9,507 people had responded "yes" and 2,868 gave a "maybe."

George Wilson August 01, 2012 at 10:10 PM
It was just a chicken sandwich, right? You really love Chick-fil-A. And if you eat just one sandwich, it’s really not hurting anyone. Right? Sadly, something as simple as a chicken sandwich has become a symbol of intolerance and hate in a national-scale political debate. When Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy said he was ‘guilty as charged,’ he wasn’t kidding. Chick-fil-A has donated money that it collects from you and your family to fund groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an organization that works in secret to fight gay equality. Chick-fil-A also gave money to Exodus International, a group that works with gay Christians to “pray the gay away.” Is it any wonder that the same week Mr. Cathy proclaimed gay men and women are "inviting God's judgement on our nation," the news was filled with reports of more hate crimes against LGBT citizens? Discrimination and hate go hand-in-hand. And Chik-fil-A helps fund both. As long as you have $5 to spend on a chicken sandwich, Chik-fil-A will have $5 million to support institutionalized hatred. Until then, it's time to stop supporting hate. It's time to stop supporting Chik-fil-A.Discrimination and hate go hand-in-hand.
RL August 02, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Chick-Fil-A will miss ya, George. Dan Cathy made a decision and apparently, you have made a decision. Don't see a problem with either. According to you (and others) it is Ok to support gay marriage. Which is fine. But, you cannot stand it that someone disagrees with you. Goes both ways, George. Get over it. Another chicken sandwich, please.
jimmie August 02, 2012 at 03:04 AM
hey george..i bought yours and 40 others today treating everyone at work to two each. you're quite deceptive in your description of what they fund and, whether you like it or not, this episode has shown once again that the group that demands tolerance is actually the most intolerant among us. go cfa..go traditional family, and if you don't like that then go away!
jimmie August 02, 2012 at 03:06 AM
6300 customers at chick fil a dunwoody today according to their manager...even packed at 9:30pm when i made my last of 5 trips today!
S. DeBeers August 02, 2012 at 01:50 PM
This Friday 8/3/12 is "Share a Kiss Day" at CFA. Expect to see many same sex couples sharing a public display of affection, and enjoying the legal right to do so in Georgia. Bigots may prefer to use the drive thru.
RL August 02, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Hey DeBeers, Keep it at home, schmuck.
S. DeBeers August 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Meet you there, RL. *mwaha* Do you talk to your mother with that filthy mouth?
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George Wilson August 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM
@Jimmie, Actually my last visit to a Chick-Fil-A resulted in a sandwich that tasted like the refrigerator and a piece of lemon pie that was not soft but still partially frozen.So because the food is not healthy anyway, I've never been back.
George Wilson August 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM
In the debate raging over Chick-fil-A's position on gay rights, some defenders of the Georgia-based fast-food chain have claimed that despite Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy's statements against same-sex marriage and the company's generous funding of anti-gay groups, the outspokenly Christian corporation doesn't discriminate against workers. But in fact, the company has been sued at least a dozen times for employment discrimination, according to Forbes magazine. One of the cases involved Aziz Latif, a former Chick-fil-A restaurant manager in Houston, who sued the company in 2002 because he was fired a day after refusing to participate in a group prayer to Jesus Christ at a company training program. Latif is a Muslim. The suit was settled, but the terms were not disclosed, Forbes reported. More recently, a former employee of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Georgia sued the company for wrongful termination, alleging she and other women employees were victims of gender discrimination.
marcus August 06, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Poor zaxby's probably wish they'd thought of what chik fil a did! lol $$$$
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