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One Opinion: We ate chicken ‘with pleasure’

One Opinion: We ate chicken ‘with pleasure’
The lines were long, but people were patient.

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Elaine Kolodziej is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or
August 2, 2012

We drove into San Antonio Wednesday evening just to eat at Chick-fil-A, and it turned out to be an enjoyable experience.

I don’t like boycotts, as they are negative, but I do enjoy positive actions that show support. It was gratifying to be in a crowd of like-minded people. At least those who were at the Brooks City-Base location Wednesday evening seemed to be like-minded.

We arrived close to 8 p.m and the parking lot was full. After driving around a bit, we finally got a parking spot. People were parking in nearby lots and walking across the street. They were coming in droves, with a purpose. There was no anger at the crowded parking conditions. No horns blared at the drive-through line that blocked most of the driveways.

People walked into Chick-fil-A with a purpose, which appeared to be as much to prove a point as it was to get their food. We talked to those around us who were eager to share: “I wasn’t hungry, but my husband said we needed to come to show support to this business.” She joked, however, that she “might be hungry by the time they reached the order counter!”

Wait time in the line was about 30 minutes at that time of the evening. Apparently it was like that all day, as a friend went for lunch and the crowds were even larger. When we left, closer to 9 p.m., there were just as many people hurrying to get in, and the drive-through line never let up.

It was quite a challenge for the crew, as they hustled to make sure tables were cleared. Everything went smoothly, despite the obviously larger-than-usual number of hungry patrons. There was plenty of “service with a smile,” and responses to customers of, “It’s my pleasure.”

What a delightful change of pace from some fast-food establishments that might give a response more like, “Sure, dude!” It was “my pleasure” to be among the crowd at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday night.

A lady in line ahead of us profusely thanked the manager, I’m assuming this was thanks for their pro-family stance. The manager promptly expressed his thanks to the customers for their support.

At another table, conversations could be heard about Rahm Emanuel who is the mayor of Chicago and one of those who pronounced his opposition to allowing any more Chick-fil-A stores to open in that city.

All in all, it was a friendly visit and good food. I heard nothing about “gay rights,” and I don’t think that’s what this Appreciation Day was all about. It seemed to be about standing up for free speech, and the right to worship freely and to express religious beliefs without fearing negative repercussions or persecution.

As we left, I couldn’t help but notice the big American flag flying boldly in the evening breeze. Although it had been years since I’ve eaten at a Chick-fil-A, it just may become my new favorite place to stop for a quick breakfast or lunch.
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Elaine K.  
August 7, 2012 12:19pm
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New Person Here  
August 7, 2012 12:08pm
RG, do you CHOOSE to be straight or is it something that comes natural? Do you fight with yourself about be a "normal" man? Please research and read up on this, then you come back and tell me..yes it's a choice!

New Person Here  
August 7, 2012 11:52am
PG..Really? you add pedophiles and beasteality into this, are you implying the those things are somehow related to being GAY? Maybe if you would do some research and speak to someone who is GAY instead of assuming things you... More ›

August 7, 2012 11:34am
New Person Here......Do I think that being a homosexual is a choice? Do I believe being a pedophile is a choice ? Do I believe that having sex with an animal is a free choice ? Do I believe infidelity is a choice ? I believe... More ›

New Person Here  
August 7, 2012 10:59am
James W and Senior -- I was referring to the comments made by James B. Let me refreshing your memories.. I could care less about who was right and who was wrong on the issue with that fast food restaurant..

New Person Here  
August 7, 2012 10:57am
James, You keep referring to sodomy, so from your words it sounds like you think GAYS are only men...yep Sir you are out of touch with the real world. That bible you look at on Sundays, also says that Jehova, God, or whatever... More ›

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 7, 2012 10:53am
Free speech. That is what the chicken flap is about.

James Wheeler  
Downington, PA  
August 7, 2012 10:53am
Freedom of speech is the issue here, not gay rights. It is certainly encouraging that the "silent majority" has finally come out to display their beliefs rather than sit back and complain. It is this very kind of... More ›

James Branum  
Grand Prarie, TX  
August 7, 2012 9:58am
NEW PERSON HERE...... The primary reason for the existence of any species is procreation which is defined as "to bring a living thing into existence by the natural process of reproduction". Like I said before,... More ›

New Person Here  
August 7, 2012 9:05am
Hey connect the dots..I thought it was all about freedom of speech?!? Besides if it's one opinion, why you putting in your 2 cents????

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