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Chick-fil-A sets 1-day sales record

This Thursday, July 19, 2012 photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Gay rights advocates were surprised Thursday that the president of the Atlanta-based chain has taken a public position against same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family unit. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

This Thursday, July 19, 2012 photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Gay rights advocates were surprised Thursday that the president of the Atlanta-based chain has taken a public position against same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family unit. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A set a one-day sales record on Wednesday amid an ongoing controversy over a company executive's public stance against same-sex marriage, company officials said Thursday.

The Atlanta-based company confirmed in a statement that the sales record was broken Wednesday after it was declared "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister and Fox News talk-show host.

Chick-fil-A vice president Steve Robinson said the company won't release sales figures for Wednesday. Customers lined up outside restaurants and the Rev. Billy Graham, the 93-year-old evangelist, dined on a Chick-fil-A lunch on the record-setting day.

"We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country," Robinson in the statement.

Restaurant chain president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." Gay rights activists and others answered with calls for boycotts. They plan a national "Kiss In" at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday to protest the owners' position. They are asking people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A locations and kiss one other.

"We understand from news reports that Friday may present yet another opportunity for us to serve with genuine hospitality, superior service and great food," Robinson said.

Comments

NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

They plan a national "Kiss In" at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday to protest the owners' position. They are asking people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A locations and kiss one other.

Really? Such public displays of affection are inappropriate for the setting for normal couples, let alone gay couples. Why do you people insist on perpetuating this foolishness? Just leave it alone and go buy your Chick-fil-A. Or don't! We don't really care. And it is obvious from the turnout that neither does Chick-fil-A or the people who patronize the establishment. You are going to keep pushing this issue until somebody get's annoyed and somebody gets hurt. This is stupid by all accounts. And this isn't a reflection of Chick-fil-A. This is a reflection on you and the people getting sick and tired of your crap.

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numerouno 1 year, 8 months ago

"Such public displays of affection are inappropriate for the setting for normal couples, let alone gay couples."

You make it seem that it's more inappropriate for gay couples to kiss in public than heterosexual couples. PDA is PDA, no matter who's involved. Your comment comes off as prejudiced, whether you realize it or not. And if it's what you believe, it's your right, but it needs to be pointed out.

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

My comment comes off as nothing more than what I said. Take it however you want. I could really care less.

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numerouno 1 year, 8 months ago

And I agree that the Kiss Ins aren't that great of an idea. There are better ways to fight injustice.

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John_Smith 1 year, 8 months ago

I can see some the people participating in the "kiss in" french kissing or going beyond that to the point where they are asked to leave the restaurant. They will then throw a hissy fit and claim they were evicted from the restaurant for simply being gay.

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nag6970 1 year, 8 months ago

numerouno, what injustice has been committed ? Freedom of Speech ? I know of no incidents of discrimination being committed by anyone at Chick-Fil-A, do you ?

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notblind 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe he means the Freedom of Minorities to Force the Majority to Kowtow . Yeah, that's it. Ummm, are gays a minority ???

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news2me 1 year, 8 months ago

"the Rev. Billy Graham, the 93-year-old evangelist, dined on a Chick-fil-A lunch on the record-setting day."

I had completely forgotten that he had promised to participate. Not suprising that the liberal media chose not to highlight his presence, but fell over themselves to get the word out of today's non-event.

Another story that failed to make the liberal news du jour was that a corporate executive was fired for recording his hateful interaction with a courteous and respectful ChickfilA employee on Wednesday.

I went to CFA today instead of Wednesday, for the sole reason I refused to stand in that line or sit in traffic on a major road just to get in the parking lot. Fortunately there was no "entertainment" today, but the diverse crowd of many cultures and age groups that were there enjoying their lunch was wonderful to see.

Gay marriage is a non-issue and just not that important to the majority of this country.

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pixelist 1 year, 8 months ago

"Gay marriage is a non-issue and just not that important to the majority of this country."

You have the right to your opinion but that's an extremely callous, cold-hearted statement. All Americans should enjoy equal rights and benefits. Gay people, currently, do not.

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news2me 1 year, 8 months ago

"that's an extremely callous, cold-hearted statement."

Tell that to the majority of US citizens that do not support Gay Marriage.

"All Americans should enjoy equal rights and benefits"

Um, they do! Gay or straight, individuals have the same rights. Marriage is a choice it is not a Right. Besides, most of the Privledges associated with marriage are being stripped away by the government. I am fine with that. Power of Attorney and proper Estate Planning is all you need to be protected as a couple.

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Bruce 1 year, 8 months ago

My comment is prejudice, no need to wonder. I had to explain a gay couple to my then six year old when I didn't want to. I had to do so because I was forced to. That is what this is about isn't it? The kid's pyshe is the battleground, huh?

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