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If you disapprove of Chick-Fil-A, why shop there?

Asked by josie (30926points) August 3rd, 2012

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/02/adam-smith-chick-fil-a-drive-bully_n_1735357.html?1343959955&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing10%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D187690
An Arizona business exec, who disapproves of Chick-Fil-A, hassled the drive-up waitress and got fired for it. If he hates the place so much, why did he go there? It isn’t as if there aren’t choices to make when it comes to fast food. I have never been to a Chick-Fil-A, but the I figure the food must be pretty good, otherwise he would have gone to McDonald’s

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trailsillustrated's avatar

I don’t shop there. I didn’t even know what it was till this flap. And I’ve driven by it a hundred times lol.

tom_g's avatar

@josie, I think this guy has been slammed by absolutely everyone. A popular reddit post of it had him as “Douche of the Day”. I can’t imagine you’ll see one person support this guy here. However, just to clarify: “I have never been to a Chick-Fil-A, but the I figure the food must be pretty good, otherwise he would have gone to McDonald’s”. Didn’t he go there to get a free water (and to be a complete jerk)?

Blackberry's avatar

“A CEO made a comment, let’s go yell at the employees at the bottom of the ladder!”

What? It sounds logical to me…..Lol.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

It was not logical, the yelling was emotional and the issue of the CEO’s statement is emotional to people on both sides.

tedd's avatar

It’s a shame cuz I like Chic-Fil-A…. but I haven’t gone there since all this recent news started.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

I don’t.

Kayak8's avatar

The owner of Chik-fil-a used Bible verses to justify his opinions on how he runs his business. A teen (Jackson Pearce) posted a response on Youtube that can be seen here explaining how Cathy cherry picks from Bible verses and that, if he really followed the Bible, he would also follow Proverbs 25:21(If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink).

In her Youtube video, Pearce proposes that those opposed to Cathy’s use of select parts of the Bible to justify his business practices should go to their neighborhood restaurant on the “Chik-fil-a Appreciation Day” suggested by Mike Huckabee and order water to assess the extent to which the restaurant REALLY follows the Bible.

I imagine that the link @josie posted is a guy trying to do just such an assessment.

Hope this helps provide a context . . .

RandomMrAdam's avatar

@tedd – I feel the same way. I do enjoy me some Chic-Fil-A but typically don’t think to go there too much. Now it’s all over the news and I’ve been craving it. But the controversy is turning me off, I wouldn’t want someone to call me a bigot for going…so much hate in the world today, and I just want some chicken.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hey..it wasn’t THAT bad. I wouldn’t have done it…what is the point of yelling at one of the employees, like she can do something about it! But it wasn’t that bad.

King_Pariah's avatar

It’s stupid really, I mean they’re not even the first corporation/organization to pull a stunt like this and they get flak for it. It’s bullshit.

woodcutter's avatar

Their food costs way too much for what you get, is my assessment. I have never left there feeling satisfied. And it is still all fast food. I think the owners are just plain stingy. I don’t care about their religious beliefs. They are some typical right wing tight wads with opinions, meh.

Nullo's avatar

That guy only went to get free water, and to harass the employees.
@Kayak8 And so we revisit once again the importance of Context.

woodcutter's avatar

I don’t get the concept of going through the trouble to harass a line employee who is busy and then, could I get something for free? That guy is a douche too.

Nullo's avatar

@woodcutter He was driven by a perceived need to do something, to say something. He was caught up in the flow, unwilling to stop and think things through, too excited about being part of something larger than himself, too full of borrowed vitriol.
That, or he thinks that life is like a Youtube comment section.

Really, though, they’re both easy mistakes to make, especially if you aren’t good at empathy.

woodcutter's avatar

@Nullo So in other words,...a douche? It must have not been a sweltering heat wave there. I couldn’t imagine engaging someone sitting in a hot car with the window down with 109 degree heat just to get something off my chest. The young lady handled the guy very well and earned her money many times over handling this nut. I would have lost my job that day had he lit me up like that, but that’s probably why I don’t do retail.

Nullo's avatar

@woodcutter Very possible. His behavior is actually in keeping with Distressed Customer standards. He’s been waiting to scratch that itch all day.
I’m not saying that he had any business acting the way that he did, only that the customer seldom does.
And it’s a nice showcase for the growing anti-Christian sentiment in the United States.

tom_g's avatar

@Nullo: “And it’s a nice showcase for the growing anti-Christian sentiment in the United States.”

?? Did you get hacked? Is this sentence intended as an answer from another thread or did your keyboard malfunction?

I preferred your answer 2 posts above, which made sense:

@Nullo: “He was driven by a perceived need to do something, to say something. He was caught up in the flow, unwilling to stop and think things through, too excited about being part of something larger than himself, too full of borrowed vitriol.”

Nullo's avatar

@tom_g Alright, perhaps not a showcase, but I’m adding it to my exhibits.

Paradox25's avatar

I don’t know, it does seem stupid so yes why eat or go there? First off, I’d never even heard of this Chick-Fil-A (obviously none near my area) until this incident. Second off, I don’t even eat fast food. Third off, I would never (knowingly) support any business that openly disagreed with me on my most key issues, but they would have to be very big reasons though.

woodcutter's avatar

Do users even get to“prefer” some answers over others? I did not know that.

woodcutter's avatar

This reminds me of the Starbucks flap some time ago. They, at least on their surface, seem to be where the uppity progressives go to schmoos, discuss politics, and literature. Then they (Starbucks), made it clear they welcome customers who carry concealed weapons and the stink that caused ,and the boycott talk going on by anti gun patrons or they who claimed to be real patrons, and now we have this Chicken junk food place flap, with their cause…or is it the cause of the people they are putting off? Does any of the drama really make any difference at all? It is either funny or ridiculous. I can’t decide which at the moment.

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