Chick-Fil-A Opened On A Sunday To Feed Travelers Stranded At An Atlanta Airport
Over the years, Chick-fil-A has used their mysteriously addicting chicken to cultivate an ever-growing cult following. Based on this map of the most popular fast food chains in America, the company is basically an incredibly dominant Risk player just biding its time before it decides to take over the entire map.
If you ignore the storm Chick-fil-A was forced to weather after its questionable stance on same-sex marriage emerged in 2012, you won’t find many people who are critical of the restaurant. If you polled every regular customer and asked them to name their least favorite thing about the chain, it’s incredibly likely every person would have the same response: the fact that they’re not opened on Sundays.
Science has proven there aren’t many things more capable of curing a hangover than a chicken sandwich and way too many waffle fries, but since opening in 1946, the company has mandated its stores stay closed on Sundays to allow its employees to rest and spend time with their families. This is great for everyone who works there and terrible for everyone else.
Earlier this year, more than a few people questioned the company’s internal logic when they announced they would be peddling their wares inside Mercedez Benz Stadium— the new home of the Atlanta Falcons. While I assume they expected the move to be met with excitement, people quickly realized it would only be open for one game over the course of the entire season.
Historically speaking, the company has only reversed their policy during extreme times of need (they previously provided food in the wake of the Pulse shooting in Orlando and to victims of a tornado in Texas in 2015). They broke from tradition again yesterday after a power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that left thousands of passengers stranded.
The Atlanta Journal-Courier reports the city’s mayor called the headquarters of the Atlanta-based corporation to request their help in feeding those who were relocated to the Georgia International Convention Center. They quickly mobilized their staff and delivered thousands of meals to the travelers.
Would it suck to be suddenly cast into darkness for no apparent reason in the middle of the busiest airport in the country? Sure, but getting free Chick-fil-A is one of the better consolation prizes I can think of.