I saw this clip last night but it wasn’t until I was driving to the gym this morning and heard a local radio DJ talking about that I got the context. Until now, I never knew that there was a good reason people camp out for the opening of a new Chick-Fil-A but now that I’ve heard the reason I kind of want to get on board with this myself.
If you are one of the first 100 customers at a new Chick-Fil-A you get free fried chicken for a year (to some degree). It’s called the ‘First 100 Red Carpet Rollout’. This leads to people camping out ahead of time, sometimes for days.
With the opening of a new Chick-Fil-A in West Seneca, New York (a Buffalo suburb) people were camped out in the absolutely frigid temperatures gripping the upper half of the country. The local news sent a camera crew out for the ‘First 100 Red Carpet Rollout’ at the new Cheektowaga Chick-Fil-A and the coverage they got was nothing short of spectacular.
Footage of 11-year-old Sam Caruana’s interview has already been viewed over 2.5 million times and this is a genuine throwback to the days of proper ‘viral videos’ on the Internet from a few years back. Sam was one of the recipients of free Chick-Fil-A for a year and here’s what he had to say when he got on camera.
Sam is obviously wise well beyond his years. And despite only being 11-years-old it’s clear that Sam is capable of performing an oil change and installing drywall, as is the case with every kid in Buffalo.
“Well, uh, I’m here in the freezing cold getting free chicken sandwiches,” he said. “Because the food tastes great. I mean, it’s chicken, fried chicken, fried chicken. I like fried chicken!”
The responses flooding in to the tweet about Sam are pretty spectacular:
I think it’s safe to say that Sam is now my new spirit animal. Given a hundred years and Bill Shakespeare still wouldn’t have been able to so succinctly describe my love of fried chicken in the way Sam did in his short clip after showing back up at Chick-Fil-A on Thursday night to get his free food.