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Occupation: fast food giant
Last Seen: College Park, GA
Bee-otched For: making me Eat Mor Chikin... somewhere else
This great country of ours has lots of well-known fast-food joints.
Love burgers? There's McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Jack-in-the-Box, White Castle, Checker's/Rally's, Sonic, Hardee's and one of my personal faves, Culver's. Mexican lovers have their Taco Bell and Fresh-Mexers Qdoba, Moe's and Chipotle and those with the craving for chicken have KFC, Church's and Popeye's.
But, please, please, please avoid Chick-Fil-A.
Once again, the infamous chicken sandwich giant whose presence is mostly in the South (as a matter of fact, Michigan's sole locale is at Oakland University near Detroit; the closest one to here in Grand Rapids is in Indiana) is proudly shoving their owning families' beliefs down our throats. It's no secret that the man who started Chick-fil-A, Truett Cathy - still alive and kicking at 91 - is well-known for forcing his values into the business model of the iconic chain. For starters, all Chick-fil-A locales - O&O or franchised - must remain closed on Sundays to avoid breaking Biblical code of observing the Sabbath Day. But the issue here is the fact that the Cathy family, who are Southern Baptists use a sizable chunk of the company's profits (and bear in mind that Mr. Cathy is worth $1.5 billion) to support anti-gay causes such as the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. Earlier this month, Truett's son, company president Dan Cathy told ABC's Nightline program that the company is indeed against gay marriage and are for promoting traditional family values.
After the younger Cathy made that statement, all hell broke loose. The mayor of Boston banned the chain from opening a location in town and the alderman of Chicago is refusing them from opening up a second restaurant there. Both men want Chick-fil-A to "open up their policies" and be more supportive towards the LGBT community. Even San Francisco's mayor wants Chick-fil-A to reconsider their values before opening up any locations in the city.
Even more damage done was that the Jim Henson Company withdrew their toys from the chain, instead donating to GLAAD.
Ya know, Chuckamaniacs, you don't just vote on Election Day, you also vote when you shop. If you shop at big box stores owned by billionaires instead of mom-n-pops, you're basically supporting the Republicans. The same goes with fast food. Most chains do support the Repukes and far-out-there groups, and that's the whole case if you spend your dollars at Chick-fil-A.
Of course, most businesses that remain closed on Sunday do so because of their beliefs. I don't mind if a store does so, but when the owners shove their beliefs in your face, it's rather uncomfortable. This is why I avoid going to places like Chick-fil-A and go to places that treat employees and customers a little better.
Oh, and one more thing: guess who posted a picture of herself going to Chick-fil-A after the controversy began? None other than Sarah Palin and her husband Todd.
Yet another reason why I think the Colonel's better.
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