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Jan 29, 2014 12:30 PM

Time to mix it up again......Chix Filet gives free food to stranded motorists......

I love that Chix Filet posts are as volatile as lighting a cigarette while pumping gas into your car, I just can't resist this.

Soooooo it seems those evil bastards at Chix Filet handed out free sandwiches to stranded motorists as they fled their cars and were walking along an interstate highway.

It doesn't seem they had any way to identify if someone was gay, so for all intent and purposes it's safe to say they gave free food to some homosexuals. Does this action of sheer blind generosity help change some of your opinions regarding the company? Or no, irregardless of any good they do they are just a hateful company and you would rather have people starve and freeze rather than accept the gracious offer of Chix Filet.

I'm curious as to your take(s) on this.

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  1. I don't think accepting or declining an offer of aid as a stranded motorist is in any way related to making a conscientious decision about where to spend your money. I have some issues with how the Salvation Army conducts itself, so I choose to make my charitable contributions elsewhere, but that doesn't mean I think a homeless person should avoid their soup kitchens.

    To my mind, the fact that some people don't have the luxury of making ethical trade-offs makes it more, not less, imperative that those of us who do make them well.

    19 Replies
    1. re: Jacquilynne

      Undoubtedly, some of the people who received free food are people who have spoken out against Chick-fil-A or have stopped doing business there based on the political opinions of the owners.

      Every one of those people is a two faced hypocrite sell-out who have no principles.

      1. re: jpc8015


        Really? And you know this how, exactly? You're making blanket assumptions about complete strangers.

        1. re: linguafood

          It also doesn't really make any sense. There's a huge difference between taking food when you are stranded and hard-up and choosing to give money to a corporations whose values are not in line with your own when there are 15 other fast-food places within a five mile radius.

          1. re: ErnieD

            So you are okay with people running their mouths about how Chick-fil-A is a hate based organization and shouldn't be allowed to do business in certain cities only to have those same people turn around and take the charity when it is convenient for them. Cowards.

          2. re: linguafood

            You're right. I am. But when comparing the amount of food handed out to the amount of backlash directed at Chick-fil-A over the past couple of years I can say with about a 95% confidence interval that there had to have been at least somebody who was a vocal critic of Chick-fil-A who took their charity.

            1. re: jpc8015

              Ah, but was it charity, or was it a PR move?

              1. re: sandylc

                Sandy, I read several stories about this and in none of them did I get the sense it was a PR move. This was a generous act by one Chick-Fil-a franchisee.

                1. re: John E.

                  OK - yours is a trustworthy opinion - !

                2. re: sandylc

                  Either way, the company was handing out food to those in need. It may have even been wrapped in paper with the company logo on it. So what?

                  1. re: Bigjim68

                    Grey areas abound in life. Whether or not you agree with their (twisted and public) belief system, they still employee many people and contribute to the economy.

                    EDIT: Not sure if their food is good; it's fast food, so probably not, but I haven't tried it.

                    1. re: sandylc

                      OK, not good food.

                      From their website:

                      "Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich Add to Meal Calculator

                      Chicken (whole breast filet, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika], seasoned coater [enriched bleached wheat flour {with malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening {baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate}, spice, soybean oil, color {paprika}], milk wash [water, nonfat milk, egg], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane as an anti-foaming agent]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickles (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, alum, potassium sorbate [preservative], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1)."

                      1. re: sandylc

                        It would be wonderful if we as humans had the luxury of consuming only natural foods but we let that cat out of the bag years ago. Now I am not saying desperate people should eat garbage but this chicken sandwich is consumed by millions of people and beggars can't be choosers.

                        It was a generous offer and if someone refuses the offer because it's not organic or whatever, then the onus is on them.

                      2. re: sandylc

                        My point is simple. CFL offerred food at no cost, to stranded people. To turn this gesture into some sort of a PC problem is nonsensical.

                        Take the food or don't. That is your choice.

                        Regarding your post below, I try not to eat anything that I cannot pronounce.

                        1. re: sandylc

                          I've eaten at Chic-Fil-a three times, all in Arizona. I'm not a fan of chicken breasts, so I think that sandwich is only ok. The chicken biscuits on the breakfast menu are good, but as I recall, they are somewhat small.

                          1. re: sandylc

                            Their sandwiches suck, and I'd rather wait until I'm "unstranded" in order not to eat their shitty, bland food spiced with bigotry.

                            1. re: linguafood

                              If I was stuck there for hours in my car I'd eat their chicken sandwich. I probably would abandon my vehicle and walk out of there.

                              1. re: John E.

                                I would eat it. I just wouldn't normally choose it.

                                1. re: linguafood

                                  Yeah, I don't even say I'm boycotting them because I've eaten there exactly twice and have no interest in doing it again. My husband likes the lemonade and I got him a big container of it a couple of times for holidays, but that shit was $8.50 a gallon. Realistically, he wasn't going to get it more than once a year even if it came with a notarized picture of the lemons being squeezed by happy little elves spanning the entire spectrum of races, genders, and sexual orientations.

                  2. Nice gesture by Chick-fil-A. I wish there was a location nearby in Florida, I had learned to like it when I was in Dallas.

                    1. I've never thought that Chic-fil-A was terrible for taking a rigid, faith-based stand on homosexuality or LGBT advances. It's the USA, they have a constitutionally protected right to believe as they choose as a corporation. And I believe they quickly decided to aid the stranded in a most charitible way. So, from me, Good On Chic-fil-A.

                      Now Walmart, and using slaves in Third World countries to product cheap goods for the American market...that's another corporate position entirely.

                      1. Do you have to French-kiss someone of the opposite sex before they give you the food? Sort of like a loyalty oath?

                        1. good for them. I don't agree with lots of people on lots of issues, but I still associate and even do business with them.