Today I did something I’ve been waiting to do for 2 1/2 years. I ate at a local Chick-fil-A. I grew up with Chick-fil-A as a normal part of my life, and then moved to the bay area where there wasn’t one. Some folks from South Bay have been known to drive to Fairfield which is like 75 miles away just to eat at Chick-fil-A. You know you’re doing something right as a company when people drive HOURS to eat a 5 dollar meal. Incredible.
As you probably know, there has been a media firestorm around Chick-fil-A lately regarding the company’s values. If you haven’t been up on it, just google Chick-fil-A news and you’ll get up to speed pretty quick.
Here is a link to our San Jose restaurant’s yelp page. Its already got a ton of reviews on there and its just now opening day! It is such a pleasure to read people’s comments about how nice and kind the workers are, and how awesome the food is. My experience was great. When we walked in a worker gave Ella a stuffed cow. Don’t be fooled by her facial expression in the picture . . . she loved it.
Regarding homosexuality, the best response I have ever heard came from Bill Hybels at last year’s leadership summit, unrelated to Chick-fil-A. I have been thinking of it today as I’ve gone about my business. As I took a good friend out for her birthday and as I walked around Santana Row this afternoon with Ella holding her little Chick-fil-A cow.
Thank you, Bill Hybels. Thank you for leading us on this–for providing a language for us to communicate clearly what we believe in a non offensive and loving way. If you haven’t heard it, click below and check it out when you have a free 7 minutes.
So welcome, Chick-fil-A. Now we just have to teach Siri how to spell your name.