Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas), a former Republican presidential
candidate, is spearheading today's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
He suggested the event shortly after
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy began receiving criticism for affirming
his opposition to "gay marriage." Homosexual rights advocates have
called for boycotts, and some government officials have even
threatened to restrict building permits in cities like Boston and Chicago. But out of
support for the Atlanta-based food chain, Huckabee has asked people
nationwide to eat at a Chick-fil-A restaurant on August 1. Lance
Reed, owner and operator of the Chick-fil-A franchise in Oxford,
Mississippi, expects big crowds as the day continues. "We haven't heard
anybody coming in here and voicing dissent," he shares. "We've had
four or five churches call us and are bringing, I know two youth
groups are coming, and some other groups … are coming in here. And
so, we've got tons of catering orders on this Chick-fil-A
Appreciation Day." While the day is special, he asserts that staff
will treat the restaurant's customers like it always does -- "with
honor, dignity and respect, no matter who you are." Activists had
hoped to deter people from eating more chicken, but Reed notes his
sales have actually increased. In this case, an attack intended to
do harm seems to have had the opposite effect. "Our sales the week
of the 18th, we were up 17 percent," the franchise owner reports.
"Last week, we were up 17 percent. So, from a sales perspective, it
hasn't affected our business whatsoever. If anything, I think
people have been driven … to come out and support Chick-fil-A even
According to Huckabee's "Chick-Fil-A
Appreciation Day" Facebook page, more than 600,000 people have
pledged to visit the fast-food restaurant today.
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