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[–]CrackaJacka420 1386 points1387 points  (114 children)

Every Saturday night the chick-fil-a near me takes all the extra food from the week and drops it off at the hospital for all the workers.

[–]NeuElement 230 points231 points  (2 children)

As ER staff, wish mine did. Specially during the Imelda flooding.

[–]getyourcheftogether 40 points41 points  (12 children)

Food from the week? Maybe from that day, I don't see them running their business with an excess of food in a state to give away because it can't last a day.

[–]I-Like-Pancakes23 20 points21 points  (11 children)

Um frozen chicken lasts a while, they probably just cook whatever they have left before their resupply truck comes through

[–]BoxKatt 2887 points2888 points  (726 children)

Chick-Fil-A employes seem to be doing this sort of things quite frequently. Second time I see them on this sub this week I think. Wish we had them here.

[–]AcidTWister 1028 points1029 points  (365 children)

They helped me out a lot when I was younger and more frequently in financial trouble. If I happened to go in for lunch and my debit card declined I got comped on more than one occasion.

[–]SCSteveAutism 631 points632 points  (224 children)

Little things like that can make a customer for life

[–]Jed566 886 points887 points  (109 children)

Former CFA employee. This is exactly the strategy. "Go the second mile in service to make one time customers fans for life"

[–]Awesomolocity 269 points270 points  (91 children)

Meanwhile the last 3 times I went to Jack in the Box, their service has been so poor (and the response to their poor service was even worse), that each time, I vowed not to pay for Jack in the box for a full year.

[–]Thatswhatthatdoes 179 points180 points  (51 children)

We went to Cracker Barrel and got sub-par food (burnt pancakes, undercooked bacon, cold eggs) but because my kid didn’t care and ate the pancakes they only took off the eggs. We don’t eat there anymore. This wasn’t the first time they screwed up, but it’s the last time we’ll go there and let them screw up our food.

Chick-fil-a has never messed up an order and one time when the guy took longer than he thought he should have to put in our order, he gave us cards for free ice cream.

[–]Awesomolocity 82 points83 points  (15 children)

Yesterday, I decided to go to Jack in the Box for the first time in over a year. Ordered my food. Waited like 10 minutes. Somebody marked the order as done without it being done. Guy rang up another order. 10 minutes go by. Same thing happens.

I basically ended up being there 30 minutes, and it wasn't until 25 minutes in that an employee actively starts trying to resolve the situation. I ended up getting a refund and a "free large meal next time I go in", but I just don't even want to go back due to how annoying the experience was.

Especially when including the larger context of Jack in the box visits that have been similarly bad.

[–]SquatchCock 28 points29 points  (9 children)

That's nice of you for waiting so long, you seem like a very patient person!

But, you waited 20 minutes and saw people come and go after you, you should have said something lol

[–]deedlede2222 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Yeah I used to be like OP, passive when it came to things I payed for and/or deserved. No longer. Feels good to just assert yourself and makes life much smoother.

[–]IAmTriscuit 10 points11 points  (1 child)

When you grow up with a parent that will snap instantly at customer service for mess ups without any patience plus work customer service for 7 years, it will make you infinitely more patient. Yes, I paid for something, but mistakes happen. I'm willing to give a little time before saying something. Most of the time the issue resolves itself.

Helps that Japan has infinitely better customer service than anywhere in the US.

[–]YourFNA 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I would have done the same thing to be honest lol

[–]Awesomolocity 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I probably waited too long before saying something (like 10 minutes), but then it happened again (after another 10 minute wait). It was just kinda all around ridiculous lol.

But yeah, I'm super laid back about stuff like that. So the wait probably would've been less if I was more on top of it.

[–]RNSW 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Dude, it's good to be laid back. I bet your blood pressure is awesome.

[–]LordSamanon 13 points14 points  (6 children)

Every time I've been to Cracker Barrel it's been great. It might depend on the area.

[–]TexasHunter 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I was behind you when this happened. I can confirm.

[–]dan_legend 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I went to a burger king 40 mins before they closed and all the lights were off.. only problem is that the app already took my money for the burger. I saw that there was an employee in there and just wanted my money back after 10 minutes of waiting for them to say something back. I had everything on dash cam, even the lights being off, and then them finally appearing 10 minutes later after I kept saying it was a mobile order I already paid for (realizing they couldn't get off the hook), I didn't want the food, obviously too risky at that point to get hygenic food.

So i called the next day for the manager and the manager said over and over again "i need to call them, i'm not really going to believe hearsay" I was furious, I wasn't calling for any money back, I called to tell her I had a video I wanted to show her and her response was "I'm going to ask the employee what happened".

Anyways, finally ended up sending the video to their disctrict manager who also didn't give a fuck.

[–]RandSand 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'd have not gone back a second time and simply let corporate know you are filing a charge back with your credit card.

[–]TarsierBoy 16 points17 points  (11 children)

Do they still do 2 monster tacos for $1?

[–]yety175 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Theres a 24/7 jack in the box near me and the employees are always butt hurt if you go at night.

[–]babycakesl0l 11 points12 points  (2 children)

They act like it's such an inconvenience to them that they actually have to work while on the clock lol

[–]lanismycousin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My local Jack in the box is so bad. The last time I went there it was a complete ghost town with employees. I walk in and there's nobody at the counter. There isn't anyone in the food prep area. I call out, nobody responds. I look at the clock that shows how long they are taking with a drive through, it's at like 17 minutes and the are cars in the drive thru. I said fuck it and walk away.

Sadly not the first time I've experienced this at this same location. No reason to go back

[–]ichbinsilky 90 points91 points  (10 children)

That and their food is fucking delicious

[–]Chris9002 38 points39 points  (5 children)

Yeah I mean at the end of the day if the product sucks I can’t bring myself to support a business. The extra stuff they do really seals the deal however

[–]PiratusInteruptus 103 points104 points  (89 children)

For all the crap the get for their Christian principals and convictions, CFA has always impressed me as a company that had compassion for their fellow man.

I'm not a big fast food consumer but whenever I have visited a CFA the interior is always clean. The employees are always dressed neat , their demeanor is very upbeat, and they always seem to go out of their way to make your visit most pleasurable.

At least in this area, if you dine in they usually have someone who will come around to your table and offer to refresh your drink for you.

If you use the drive thru, they have that down to a science. I've been to some where the line was out to the entrance of their parking lot, and they move it quick, with a high degree of accuracy as well. I wouldn't even consider getting in a long line like that at any other fast food joint.

n=1

[–]dreengay 27 points28 points  (1 child)

for real. i got in a line at CFA that probably had 30 cars in front of me (line to parking lot entrance) and left 8 minutes later

[–]nutmegtell 57 points58 points  (55 children)

Im atheist, but I have attended enough church to know this is how Christians are supposed to act. Kind and charitable. So few do it, that 'Christian' has become a negative thing. Good on them.

[–]Redtyger 29 points30 points  (52 children)

I feel like perceptions have been warped because of the bigots within the Christian community.

[–]frodotbaggns 19 points20 points  (39 children)

At least Christian's dont publicly beat and execute gays, and burn women alive for reporting their sexual abuser

[–]FrankDrakman 15 points16 points  (0 children)

For all the crap the get for their Christian principals and convictions, CFA has always impressed me as a company that had compassion for their fellow man.

Maybe it's just me, but I always thought that 'compassion for your fellow man' was a Christian principle. The difference between CFA and other companies is they actually talk the talk, AND walk the walk.

[–]Rdbjiy53wsvjo7 43 points44 points  (5 children)

Mom of 2 kids and I LOVE going there.

They bring the food, they are so nice to the kids, if something is wrong they immediately take of it, the place is always clean, and they come around every once in a while and ask if we need anything or can clean up for us. The play area is enclosed so if a kid screams it's muffled.

It's really hard to wrangle 2 young kids without making a scene, the little things like this that they do, just make it so much easier.

[–]miss80five 21 points22 points  (3 children)

“So if a kid screams it’s muffled.” I think I watch too much Criminal Minds for this to not sound like the perfect scenario for a kidnapping lol

[–]wowpepap 6 points7 points  (1 child)

*executive producer Dick Wolf has entered the chat

[–]RichOption[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Co-producer Speed Weed has entered the chat

[–]Sam-Culper 55 points56 points  (5 children)

I wasn't even in financial problems, but I walked in, ordered, and when I went to pay I realized I didn't have my wallet. Fuck me right? I apologized and told them I had forgotten it. The manager was right there and just handed me the food and said "have a nice day".

[–]dzlux 33 points34 points  (0 children)

I did that in the drive through line. Tried to offer my loose coins ($1-2) for at least the fries, but they declined the coins and insisted I take the order for free.

I hope people don’t take abuse this practice, because it is an awesome response to an embarrassing moment.

[–]actuallycallie 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That happened to me once in Arby's. They just gave me the food and said have a nice day. I tried to come back later and pay for it and they wouldn't take it!

[–]DeezNeezuts 118 points119 points  (115 children)

Their whole company mantra is giving back to the community. Its a reason owners have to be local.

[–]Nekopawed 48 points49 points  (29 children)

They aren't actual owners though. Its a buy a job. They dont own the store, cant pass it to their kids or sell it. They make bank though.

[–]maharg79 106 points107 points  (26 children)

That's probably for the best, allows the next owner to be chosen via merit rather than hierarchical

[–]femmevillain 38 points39 points  (9 children)

A few years ago, I won a contest at a local CFA for writing the best love story. The story was super lesbian, so it was awesome I even won. I was satisfied with the prize — a bunch of free meals and some of their stuffed cow mascots.

[–]terrellefriar2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What exactly was the love story about? Scissoring on Saturdays? That's the sort of strenuous physical activity that only a chicken sandwich and waffle fries could help one recover.

[–]pouncer_ 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I wish I had a Chick-fil-A near me. You should get one of those sandwiches everyone was freaking out about and mail it to me.

[–]SpoopedMyPants 80 points81 points  (8 children)

Same! My cashier got the manager after me and my friend's cards were declined. He rang it up and said, "Pay it forward when you're able." And thusly I remarked a 12ct cupcakes as a 6ct for a lady who was talking to her son about "The cupcakes are for you and your friends. It's okay." after she saw the price. It was Walmart, so fuck 'em lmao.

[–]Malus_a4thought 33 points34 points  (4 children)

Helping somebody out and fucking Walmart - two birds with one stone

[–]BelBivDaHoe 122 points123 points  (25 children)

We had a building burn down in my old apartment complex. Within an hour of it going up in flames, the Chickfila down the street had sent employees with tons of chicken sandwiches, gallons of water, sweet tea and lemonades, and chicken nuggets for the firemen, and those affected by the fire.

Solid move, even if at its core it's just PR

[–]Everglades_Hermit 45 points46 points  (4 children)

It’s not all about PR, honestly. A lot of locations really care about our communities.

[–]durx1 14 points15 points  (0 children)

A since, long term dedication to the community is a requirement for being considered in the operator application process. So makes sense

[–]_nothing_there_ 88 points89 points  (10 children)

Sometimes I think it’s more than just PR. A lot of times I’ve seen this happen is just the local franchising knowing they have the freedom to give to and help their community.

Not saying it isn’t PR, just that I don’t think it is “just PR”

[–]Hypothesis_Null 60 points61 points  (5 children)

It's PR if they do it once. If they just keep doing it, it's what they are.

From this thread, it sounds like it's just what they are.

[–]mutatersalad1 20 points21 points  (0 children)

When I was doing some training event in the military, the local CFA donated two big bags full of chicken sandwiches to us for lunch one day. I couldn't believe it.

[–]MagnusCaseus 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Hey, Chick-fil-a gets good PR, people get free food, win-win scenario all around.

[–]Jonny34511 229 points230 points  (15 children)

Speaking of, went to CFA yesterday and a frequent patron just turned 101. They had a huge birthday party for him and gave out cake to everyone in the restaurant.

[–]hismyhobby 83 points84 points  (5 children)

My CFA paid the remainder of my car payment when i lost my job.

[–]YeezusTaughtMe 55 points56 points  (3 children)

My weed dealer used to work at CFA and would always toss in a couple extra nuggets. Can’t beat that can ya

[–]KoofNoof 187 points188 points  (27 children)

Went to Chick-fil-A for the first time with some friends. Vegan friend didn’t order anything but sat with all of us. An employee noticed he didn’t have any food and came up to him and asked if he wanted anything. Awesome service

[–]deejaysius 142 points143 points  (21 children)

For future reference, the fries and superfood side are vegan, and all the salads can be made without meat - just ask for the base salad and it will be made fresh for your friend.

[–]HOU-1836 61 points62 points  (11 children)

And ask for no cheese too.

[–]deejaysius 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Good catch. Forgot about cheese not being vegan. :)

[–]Klondike-kat 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Cashew ranch is a vegan take on ranch. Es pretty good.

[–]emperorfett 85 points86 points  (9 children)

Chick fil a is like one of the few that are actual fast food, I rarely wait more than 5 minutes even with a busy line in the drive thru

[–]forest_dude 30 points31 points  (1 child)

I've seen this twice before. Once a tornado I was in, another time local major flooding. Chic Fil A shuts down the store and keeps cooking and just delivering #1s all day.

[–]dailysunshineKO 18 points19 points  (0 children)

The Atlanta airport had a fire in Dec 2017 and all flights were cancelled. Chick Fil A opened - on a Sunday - and brought free food to stranded passengers.

[–]da_doctori 46 points47 points  (8 children)

It's the Christian thing to do

[–]MarriedEngineer 17 points18 points  (0 children)

This is the accurate explanation.

[–]SkaggAteMyPappy 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Chik-fil-A employees have been legitimately some of the nicest, seemingly most-genuine food service workers I have ever come into contact with.

[–]EHerobrineE 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah I only have one in my entire state :/

[–]Walmartsux 320 points321 points  (9 children)

My uncle was leaving east Tennessee when a severe winter storm caused him to be stuck on the cumberland plateau for hours. After about 5 hours a local church went with their Sunday school bus to ferry people to a local hotel until they could get the interstate cleaned up. The only restaurant within range was a chick-fil-a which stayed open late to prepare food for all the people stranded free of charge.

[–]xXDreamlessXx 40 points41 points  (7 children)

Was that snow just in East TN? If not I think I remember something like that in Mid TN. It wasnt as bad but we got a ton of snow. I think we got out of school for like 2 weaks in January and Feburary.

[–]Outworldentity 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Yes! I remember this well when I lived in Chattanooga and everyone got stranded in Atlanta on the interstate (even school busses) and most had to sleep in their car snowed in... and Chick fil A went out there and walked thru the snow handing people dinner.

If there's one thing they do an amazing job of is practicing love

[–]xXDreamlessXx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Man, I was lucky then. We cancled because of the threat of snow. Didn't make sense until the next day

[–]SkidWilly86 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's not just the people in the store, it's a business paradigm. A paradigm that's made them both loved and hated. That's how you know it's working.

[–]HumanTheTree 198 points199 points  (42 children)

No one has been talking about Tropical Storm Imelda, it was basically Hurricane Harvey but with no warning. I know people who lost their houses and cars because they were not expecting to get 30 inches on rain in a day.

[–]Legoman718 44 points45 points  (28 children)

That much rain???

[–]qbsky 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Yes it was a terrifying day. I was luckily not in a terrible area (we still had flooded streets) but knowing people in flood zones it was a long day for everyone.

[–]RicoSuave1881 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It was crazy. It started raining Tuesday and then didn’t stop till Friday. The storm legit just didn’t move away from Houston. Wednesday and Thursday were the hardest days

[–]lowrads 6 points7 points  (3 children)

A couple of locations, including Beaumont, got over a meter of rainfall in the span of 24 hours.

Stormsurge is generally worse, but rainfall can still be devastating in regions not engineered for it. Getting even a cm of rain inside most homes is enough to cause seriously expensive issues.

[–]KillerAceUSAF 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Up to 4 feet in 24 hrs in a lot of areas.

[–]JohnnyBrillcream 3 points4 points  (3 children)

10am: This was after 20-30 minutes of hard rain. Each car in the drive went in to get to higher ground. The car in front of the white truck(first and only car to leave the drive) and the one trying to get into the parking lot are flooded. Once you got to the car trying to get to the parking lot, if you were in a car, your hood would be covered with water

It got worse.

None of those cars left the driveway. The building opened the garage and lobby to all the stranded drivers. We have a vending cafe so they could get coffee and some food while they waited, management also gave them WIFI access so they could work/communicate/keep track. Good Guy building management.

Around 1:15 the water went down enough and I told my staff we probably have a 30 minute window and I really want them to leave. We told everyone in the cafe that it was time, don't dilly dally and get out.

45 minutes later it was flooded again. I had two employees stay due to where they live and knew they wouldn't make it home at that time because of flooding, they knew they were safer at the office.

[–]snootypimento 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My mom got 43” -next to Winnie, Texas. It was horrible. Poor cows :( lots of animals have died

Edit: house on stilts. Build your house UP y’all

[–]TheBoBiss 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Yes. That much rain. I had to walk a mile in knee deep water to get my 2 year old from her daycare. It was terrifying.

[–]Legoman718 2 points3 points  (5 children)

That sucks

[–]TheBoBiss 2 points3 points  (4 children)

It did, but I got her! If you’re a parent, I’m sure you understand.

[–]looneybug123 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Forty inches in some areas!

[–]griffind17 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Some places that were dry during Harvey got flooded. My moms coworker just bought a house in a supposed “no flood zone” after remodeling and selling her Harvey home, got 2 inches of water on the first floor.

[–]Thepopcornrider 9 points10 points  (1 child)

It was bad in some areas, but it wasn't hurricane Harvey. The key difference was that Harvey was consistent. In Harvey, pretty much everyone in the southeast quarter of Texas got hit bad. Some people had 4 or more feet of water in their houses.

Certainly the no warning thing makes it worse and some people absolutely suffered the way most people did during Harvey, but comparing Imelda to Harvey is like comparing the Boston bombing to 9/11.

And sorry if that sounds anal, and I don't mean to lessen the validity of the victims, but as someone that lived through both it's an important distinction to make.

[–]skinpudding 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This. Harvey was awful and i was lucky to be living on the 2nd floor. If i hadn't parked my car in a parking garage, I'd have lost it. Seeing dozens upon dozens of cars abandoned on a major highway and knowing so many people that literally lost everything is surreal. Imelda sucked, but comparing it to Harvey is apples and oranges. I'd rather coverage focus on the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, because we still don't have straight answers.

[–]josims88 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ex coworker of mine moved to Tennessee for another job, left his family here until he could get situated out there. They were supposed to leave to move out there Thursday. Their car, house, and shop all flooded in the twilight of Thursday morning. They were forced to evac to avoid drowning

[–]Speedzracing 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I live in Texas where it happened. I was luckily able to evacuate to a safe place before it majorly hit, but we have had a tough time getting home because of all the roads being shut down

[–]mikemol13 880 points881 points  (733 children)

Funny how quickly everyone can talk about the controversy of feeding hungry people.

[–]SandyShoreJenn 892 points893 points 22 (673 children)

I honestly don’t understand the controversy thing. As a trans woman I’ve literally never had a bad experience with chick fil a and frankly they have only shown they are wonderful people. They have values just like anyone else. I still eat there and people freak out at me when they learn I still eat there

Edit: there is plenty of evidence of what I talk about here and plenty of supportive people! I honestly don’t care about their “corporate agenda” because they have shown that locally they employ good people who seek to do good, regardless of race, color, gender, or anything and the local managers are who actually are the face of the company reach out to the community in times of need like truly good people. They have never once made me feel uncomfortable ordering from them before. I’ve been to chick fil a in over 7 states and even in the south their stores have never once made me uncomfortable. They have been overwhelmingly kind despite other stores that are seemingly progressive being rude. I have been asked to leave an Aerie store in NY. Never in my life was I asked to leave a chick fil a.

Edit 2: omg silver! Thank you so much!

Edit 3: thank you so much for the gold! There have been many comments that have been supportive but there are also many that are aggressively directed at me but I will not respond to these people because they are the EXACT example of the toxic behavior that I constantly receive online. This is the perfect example of how you can be a part of a community yet ostracized for not being 100% on board with a group mentality. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can be middle of the road and still have a personal opinions and that shouldn’t result in hurtful or derogatory comments. I personally see the good that chic fil a does, and I’m sorry if you’ve been subjected to hardships in your life, I have faced many too. But I will say having visited Chic-Fil-A in over 7 states, They treat their workers right, and their customers and communities right too. If you’ve ever used Amazon, Apple, Walmart, Facebook, Twitter, etc, you’d be ignorant to assume these companies are perfectly clean because they swap their logos to the pride flag for a single month. They sell your data for marketing and could virtually care less about your privacy and labor laws in foreign countries. Chic-Fil-A might have issues to you, but I’ve only ever seen them be excellent to their communities and they give back without expecting anything in return following tragedies in the community. They have always done it to be the good people that they are. I will not update this again because I have nothing left to say that will change the minds of people who have been so aggressive. I’m sorry that you feel the need to be so aggressive.

[–]RSZephoria 15 points16 points  (0 children)

One of the chickfila's near me in Texas has a trans employee. She is really sweet and it seems like everyone treats her well there as well. I only know she is trans because she was in the process of transitioning shortly after she got hired.

Being kind is free and hurts no one. Chick Fil A is good at that from what I've seen.

[–]cathbadh 42 points43 points  (4 children)

I'll always remember the night (morning technically) after the mass shooting at the Pulse dance club CFA suspended their no Sunday work rule and showed up to feed the victims.

[–]SandyShoreJenn 33 points34 points  (3 children)

This is what I mean. Everyone seems to point out their corporate issues but ignoring their actual actions locally. It’s funny to me because companies like Amazon and Walmart abuse their workers but have “pro LGBT” corporate policies and people praise them. Amazon and Walmart talk the talk but from what I see chick fil a walks the walk (at least locally)

[–]cathbadh 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I may be a cynic, but those "pro LGBT" policies, much like corporate sponsorship and advertising during pride week is just a ploy by most companies to broaden their customer base. If in a couple years LGBT somehow falls out of favor, these companies would change their stances again. All that matters to them is the money. Meanwhile in CFA's defense, the charitable nature seems to come from individual franchises as well as corporate pretty frequently.

[–]Arctichydra7 452 points453 points  (581 children)

The store are not homophobic, the corporate leaders are. They sponsor (give money too) efforts to marginalize LGBT.

[–]Greenguy90 23 points24 points  (1 child)

And I’m sure there are many religious old people in executive positions at tons of companies like Verizon, Nestle, Coca Cola, Disney, etc. that donate to Conservative charities we just haven’t heard about.

[–]MrWackoTaco 100 points101 points  (541 children)

Which efforts?

[–]AcidTWister 132 points133 points  (35 children)

There were three major ones, but Exodus International sticks out because it promotes conversion therapy.

[–]RustyRoseBush 102 points103 points  (33 children)

They apologized and stop donating to those organizations years ago

Edit: seems like they still donate to FCA and Salvation Army. The Salvation Army directly supports the LGBT community. If you really care about LGBT issues, you can donate to this cause on the front page of their website. FCA does sports programs for kids, but they don’t let their volunteers be gay because of their beliefs. I think this balances in favor of Chick-fil-A, the good definitely outweighs the bad here and certainly no need for a boycott...

[–]HighMagnitudeSon 84 points85 points  (5 children)

They apologized and stop donating to those organizations years ago

They apologized. They stopped the donations. Time passed. Then last year they started donating to the same causes again and continue to do so.

[–]lowgskillet 13 points14 points  (1 child)

yeah but they gave out like a hundred dollars worth of food that time ... that makes up for everything else 8]

[–]soulosis 12 points13 points  (0 children)

yes, i’m sure the gay kids who were shipped away in the middle of the night to a camp where they were electrocuted and tortured, sometimes to death, on cfa’s dime, will find it in their hearts to forgive the people who funded it because of all that food!

[–]dessert-er 59 points60 points  (10 children)

Report from May 2019 it looks like they stopped giving to exodus thankfully, but they’re still donating to anti-lgbt organizations.

[–]eduardoballestero 261 points262 points  (501 children)

They gave 5 million dollars from 2003 through 2010 to hate groups like the Family Research Council, Marriage & Family Foundation, and Exodus International.

https://thinkprogress.org/chick-fil-a-gave-2-million-to-anti-gay-groups-in-2010-19fbdd0c6c8f/

They gave 1 million dollars in 2015 to Fellowship of Christian Athletes which is a virulently anti-gay anti-abortion religious group in schools all across America (I know I went to a few of their meetings at my middle school).

https://thinkprogress.org/chick-fil-a-still-anti-gay-970f079bf85/

Here's another 1.1 million in 2014 to FCA.

https://thinkprogress.org/why-chick-fil-as-anti-lgbt-giving-is-still-a-problem-88634cd34a81/

Here's another 1.8 million in 2017 to FCA, Salvation Army, and more.

https://thinkprogress.org/chick-fil-a-anti-lgbtq-donations-tax-filings-62ca15281f17/

[–]reddetacc 40 points41 points  (1 child)

based chicken sandwich merchants

[–]demonic256 67 points68 points  (15 children)

FCA being a hate group? Man whatever you are smoking you need to cut back on. I disliked them in highschool because of some of their members but a hate group? Save the hate group label for groups that are actually hateful and provide no benefit to society.

[–]maharg79 39 points40 points  (11 children)

Man wow, three articles all from the same heavily biased site, which apparently lists the homelessness help program the Salavation Army as a hate group lmao, yeah they are really hating ringing those bells outside of target, psycho.

[–]ItzCStephCS 12 points13 points  (2 children)

I can't believe the Salvation Army is labeled as a hate group lmao

They probably see christian org = must be anti LGTBQ !

I can't speak for the other orgs since i am personally not familiar with them but if people mislabel the salvation army as such then its possible they are smearing the other ones too lol

[–]charlieshammer 84 points85 points  (98 children)

Hate groups lol. Ok. “The Salvation Army”

You guys are fucking loons.

[–]hhhthrewitaway 161 points162 points  (201 children)

Well you can't really throw the FCA thing at them as a negative. They're a Christian company, and most Christian organizations are anti-abortion/anti-homosexual whether you like it or not.

Unless you just want to hate them for being Christian (have a field day if you do) you can't hate them for giving to other Christian orgs that aren't doing the gay conversation therapy

[–]bigbysemotivefinger 200 points201 points  (93 children)

"Christian" and "homophobic asshole" don't have to go hand-in-hand (y'know, that whole 'love your neighbor' thing) but using one as an excuse for the other does essentially make them synonymous on a broad scale.

[–]hhhthrewitaway 92 points93 points  (79 children)

They don't. The Salvation Army and FCA have plenty of people who aren't homophobic assholes, I'm sure. And the organizations leadership doesn't seem to mime that phrase either. If you have bad experiences with either I'm sorry, but it doesn't add to the point they were trying to make

[–]Reddevil313 81 points82 points  (1 child)

You can absolutely protest any group that contributes to discriminatory organization. Cloaking it in religion doesn't change their actions.

[–]7355135061550 63 points64 points  (37 children)

You sure the fuck can criticize them for funding homophobic organizations what are you talking about? There are plenty of LGBT friendly Christian orgs

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    [–]cunninglinguist32557 25 points26 points  (0 children)

    To be fair, the argument isn't that CFA itself discriminates, it's that they donate to organizations known for anti-LGBT activism. But I do agree with your point that most, if not all, corporations have skeletons in their closets. I don't eat at CFA much because it's too expensive, but I'm also not about to start a boycott just because their particular bullshit happened to make the news.

    [–]happyhappyfool 69 points70 points  (21 children)

    I feel like if you want to boycott every single company that had or has stances you disagree with, you should start living in the mountains

    This. I live in an area with a huge and vocal LGBT population and I can never mention that I like Chick Fil A for fear of getting absolutely chewed out for hating gay people. I've tried arguing that their iPhones and designer clothing are made by child slave labor but I don't tell them to stop buying them. It never worked.

    [–]TheOneWhosCensored 5 points6 points  (2 children)

    Apple does business in Saudi Arabia and China, where LGBT folks are treated way worse than anyone in America. It’s ridiculous to be mad that Chick Fil A donates to the Salvation Army and FCA but support companies like Apple and others that actively cause much more harm.

    [–]femmevillain 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    I live in a huge city with a healthy LGBTQ+ population, and almost everyone here understands that CFA’s food is on another level. I’m gay but their spicy chicken sandwiches are unbeatable (haven’t tried Popeye’s yet). Other queer people I’ve met here seem to share the same sentiment.

    [–]FG88_NR 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I would think that's because the issue isn't with each local store, but rather the apparent values of the corporate office. Of course you don't have an issue in any restaurant, because the staff are not there to promote hate or any sort of agenda, they're just there working.

    [–]I-suck-at-golf 250 points251 points  (18 children)

    I was traveling with the family once and we ordered a bunch of food ($35) at drive though. We were 15 miles down the highway when we realized we were accidentally shorted one sandwich. I called to ask for a refund for one sandwich, they refunded the whole purchase instead!!

    [–]Bot_Metric 109 points110 points  (17 children)

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    [–]KJCorreia 78 points79 points  (11 children)

    Popeyes would never

    [–]Coiledviper 181 points182 points  (6 children)

    Popeyes could just send truck load of biscuits and all the flooding would be gone.

    [–]kit48W 100 points101 points 2 (10 children)

    Chick-fil-A once saved my dog from a house fire and paid my tuition and gave me a handjob

    [–]F7OSRS 32 points33 points  (1 child)

    This is an ad.

    [–]JohnnyBrillcream 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    So the casting couch is no longer black, it's now red?

    [–]Paralistalon 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    A handjob from some guy in the cow outfit?

    [–]kit48W 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Excuse me, but he has a name! And its David and we're in love, Dad!

    [–]Bnorris17 59 points60 points  (13 children)

    You are correct in saying that the franchise is unique, but this also how they get talent to stay. My brother started at CFA when he was 16, went through college still working for the same franchise, went through CFA University, and then was chosen to help turn around a mall unit. Once he proved himself he was able to apply to have his own free standing unit. This is why they have good service from the franchiser to the cashier, it’s not just a millionaire paying to franchise a McDonalds. So you can say he is one step ahead of a GM, but my brother nor any of his friends that are franchise operators were ever GMs

    [–]snicklefritz618 113 points114 points  (11 children)

    Chick filas corporate owners may have political beliefs I disagree with but they do a hell of lot for their employees, I know multiple people that were able to get through college on chick fil a scholarships by working there in high school. Everyone I knew that worked there regarded it as a fantastic place to work.

    [–]durx1 21 points22 points  (0 children)

    Worked there in high school and it is the second best job I’ve ever had.

    [–]Kruse002 25 points26 points  (7 children)

    The business is winning customers and employees over, consistently.

    [–]Anti-snowflake 14 points15 points  (9 children)

    Actually it was the business owner of that franchise that gave away the food. The employees were paid to give away the food.

    [–]markmark27 20 points21 points  (7 children)

    And today, Reddit is Pro-Chick-Fil-A. Let's see what they decide tomorrow

    [–]Big-Quazz 8 points9 points  (5 children)

    Tomorrow is Sunday, the Lord's day, and they'll be closed. I'm sure reddit will be right back to hating them tomorrow.

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      [–]XTailsX 374 points375 points  (171 children)

      I mean....I’ll be honest here...most people who choose to follow Christian principle are not perfect and in fact are admitting they need Jesus. I hate the narrative that Christians need to be perfect, the church isn’t a museum for perfect people, it’s a place for the broken.

      [–]WildWook 211 points212 points  (119 children)

      Yeah this concept has always baffled me. "Why aren't Christians christ-like?" Because nobody is, that's the point. Christians are admitting they are imperfect simply by being a part of that religion. It's also hilarious to assume anybody should be so good in life, as if we aren't all riddled with our own problems and negative qualities.

      [–]J_Bard 74 points75 points  (2 children)

      Saying something semi-positive about christians on reddit?! Oh, now you've done it.

      [–]jellomojorisin 59 points60 points  (1 child)

      Some people still hide behind this excuse instead of thinking about their actions and consequences.

      [–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (2 children)

      You're right. But that's not what they're saying.

      Do you continually try to follow Christ's example? Then you're a Christian!

      Do you label yourself a Christian and then do whatever you want and mostly use your Christianity as a fallback to make yourself feel better or justify your imperfections/misdeeds? Then you're my parents!

      [–]Cortexaphantom 17 points18 points  (1 child)

      You can lead a life that very much resembles following the teachings of Christ and not even believe in god. Being “Christ-like” doesn’t automatically make you a Christian.

      [–]CowboyXuliver 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      But it is not a place for the broken to use as a shield to justify their imperfect behavior and as use it for a sense of superiority they (not Jesus) place on them as a weapon against others. That is what is objectionable and makes them false Christians. For some reason, other Christians leaders don’t call them out which means they are, through their silence, condoning and supporting this ill behavior as being True to their faith.

      BTW none of those who follow Jesus are perfect. That is the whole point.

      [–]dartheduardo 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      Most people don't realize that some people that work there are not "Christians." They just want a decent work environment. My brother, who is agnostic, is a manager at one. He came from a long line of managing franchise McDonalds. He tells me all the time its just a completely different vibe in their business model. They are not about short term gains and high turnover. They give a shit about their employees. (At least in his store.) As a medical professional that has done TONS of processing on workers comp cases for both companies, I can tell you CFA hands down puts others to shame. They hand walked the employee through every step of the claim, paid them for their off time and when they came to the clinic, they passed out not only free food cards to the staff, but to anyone that was in the lobby waiting to be treated. Its night and day.

      [–]JorgeAndTheKraken 22 points23 points  (9 children)

      It’s because it’s some of the most basic stuff a lot of y’all fall down on...or, rather, choose not to try; things like caring for the poor and destitute, giving a damn about refugees and political prisoners, turning the other cheek, rendering unto God what is God’s and rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and the most basic of them all: Love they neighbor as thyself. Obviously, we all fall down on all of these from time to time, but such a large and vocal segment of the Christian population, at least in America, seems all to happy to flat-out ignore it all, often in favor of Old Testament bullshit that Christ, himself, if you believe the scriptures, said was antiquated law that needed to be replaced. So, don’t give me that, “Gee, we’re trying” crap, because a lot of the above is adhered to by people outside the Christian community without treating it as if things like caring for the poor and not hating other people because of who they choose to love or be are the type of behaviors only deities can display.

      [–]Murmaider13 11 points12 points  (3 children)

      Chick-fil-A is REALLY going hard on the Reddit marketing.

      [–]RoseL123 3 points4 points  (2 children)

      I love these stories, but I imagine sitting in my car, trapped due to flooding, and seeing Chick-fil-a employees slowly advancing towards my car in the rear-view mirror. They stop at each car and tap on the windows and hand the driver a free sandwich. Eventually, they get to the car behind me, and they give out their very last sandwich. I'd be furious, but have nobody to even be angry at. Only the universe.

      [–]RikkyMonn 171 points172 points  (116 children)

      3rd largest US restaurant chain. Doesn't seem like this crying about their donations is hurting them in the least.

      [–]ight_here_we_go 22 points23 points  (30 children)

      Dude chickfla just keeps winning.

      [–]Tier161 6 points7 points  (2 children)

      Screw PR damage control, CFA is awful and shouldn't be supported in any way.

      [–]Belonephobia 4 points5 points  (9 children)

      U think they are trying to make up for being homophobic racists?

      [–]RikkyMonn 284 points285 points  (232 children)

      It always bugs me when they get bashed for the owners religious beliefs.

      [–]PerilousAll 248 points249 points  (92 children)

      It's easy to pick on the Chick-fil-A owners because those are the ones the media has chosen to tell us about.

      If organizations like Equality Matters investigated the owners, major shareholders and Board of Directors of every major corporation, I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be any places left that their followers would find "clean" enough to shop.

      [–]davisyoung 142 points143 points  (18 children)

      And that's the problem with cancel culture. It's like a gunslinger in the old west. Eventually you'll come across someone woker, then what?

      [–]Smoofinator 58 points59 points  (5 children)

      I'm the wokest in the west! gets shot in the face

      [–]Ridikiscali 58 points59 points  (48 children)

      I find it hilarious that the media wanted to take Chick-fil-A down, but it only made them stronger and more popular.

      I seriously don’t care who they worship, they make damn good sandwiches.

      [–]PM_ME_UR_THONG_N_ASS 34 points35 points  (19 children)

      What’s worse: the owners donating to anti lgbt groups or the entire company sourcing all manufacturing in a country that has concentration camps and atrocious human rights records?

      Oh but we gotta have the newest phones, TVs, and clothes, right? 😂

      [–]PM_ME_YOUR_WIRING 13 points14 points  (0 children)

      Religious beliefs are fine when they don’t infringe on the rights of others.

      [–]LordNav 14 points15 points  (1 child)

      I agree; in fact, I don't entirely agree with the general notion that I should consider myself "supporting" the owner's donations if I shop at the store. Do I have to worry about what the cashier that takes my order is doing with their paycheck? My purchase is going towards that, too. What if I buy something from the local lemonade stand, but those kids run across the street to spend my money at Chick-fil-A for lunch? How far am I supposed to track the chain?

      [–]WhoaItsCody 23 points24 points  (33 children)

      I’ve never been to Chick-Fil-A. I also love chicken sandwiches. Is it worth it?

      [–]onemaco 50 points51 points  (17 children)

      Other fast food restaurants poor bleach on the food they put in the dumpster,you know so homeless people can starve

      [–]mnbga 53 points54 points  (14 children)

      Don't you have to do that to keep pests from showing up and potentially contaminating the kitchen?

      [–]Mindful-O-Melancholy 147 points148 points  (141 children)

      And here in Canada we have the LGBTQ community protesting the opening of a store here, because somehow a chicken chain is going to start murdering gay people? Even though after that shooting at a gay club in Florida CFA gave free food to anyone who donated blood that helped the victims. Whatever happened to live and let live?

      [–]Celcius_87[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Chick fil a is awesome

      [–]DoomedKiblets 2 points3 points  (2 children)

      Almost makes up for hating gay people all the time.

      OH WAIT, no it doesn’t.

      [–]rickitycrocket 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Tax write off

      [–]Breaklance 28 points29 points  (1 child)

      This is why so many people jeered the recent overly dramatic collgiate faculty lambasting leadership for allowing the menace of Chik-fil-a in their food court.

      Leadership has their views. It is well known. Its also well known that they actually believe in charity, doing "neighborly" things like this (even if the cynics in all of us want to doubt free PR), and treating their employees pretty well.

      [–]shoebee2 25 points26 points  (10 children)

      This is an awesome thing to do. What really impressed me about chick-Fil-A though is how every time I go there I am greeted with a real smile. Good service, good price, good food. Every. Single. Time.

      [–]DigBick616 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      Another Chick-fil-a post. Remember to sort by controversial!

      [–]QuietPig 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      It’s a good thing there’s not a CFA near me. I would be so fat and so broke lol.

      [–]jennybo86 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      But only the heterosexual drivers

      [–]Frankuro 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Hopefully none of them are gay, don't wanna upset the higher ups.

      [–]SneakyRascal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Such obvious propaganda

      [–]qualityassurancee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      But only if they’re not gay

      [–]lifeishardasfuck 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Not to the gay ones im guessing.

      [–]burkster2000 2 points3 points  (1 child)

      Chick-fil-a bans gays Chick-fil-a bans hunger Balanced as all things should be.

      [–]Ebriate 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Popeye's is less greasy than KFC by far. Tastes so much better and has some spice.

      [–]karrot_stick 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Your move Popeyes

      [–]FlashyDevelopment 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Worked at a Houston Chick-fil-A during Katrina. Thousands from New Orleans people evacuated to the Astrodome. We made and packed up hundreds of sandwiches and drinks to take to the evacuees. Most of them were very grateful. It was an incredible thing to be a part of

      [–]FlippantResponse 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      As a firefighter, I fought a grass fire in Texas on the 4th of July. It was crazy hot and we had been fighting for hours. The wind started pushing the fire towards a shopping center with a Sonic restaurant . After we stopped the fire, the team at Sonic gave us a straight up feast of burgers and Powerade. Still thankful for their appreciation even today many years later.

      [–]NoBSforGma 6 points7 points  (4 children)

      If these drivers were "stranded" (I assume by flood waters...) then how did Chick-Fil-A get the food to them?

      [–]MAXIMUM_BUTT_FARTS 2 points3 points  (3 children)

      Why, with the Fil-A-Copter, of course!

      [–]Penance21 5 points6 points  (2 children)

      Seems funny they say employees gave away. Sure, they were physically doing it it. But this would have happened if chick-fil-a the company didn’t authorize it.

      It’s a good thing and all. But without approval from higher ups this doesn’t happen.

      [–]nkfavaflav 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      Aye I work for one! Nice o see a post it I’ve post about Cfa.