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Holy Cow! Chick-fil-A fans post photos of jam-packed restaurants

Chick-fil-A fans are definitely eating mor chicken today to observe “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

A scan of social media sites tuned up a raft of photos indicating huge crowds. Here’s a sample:

"Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day is a huge success in Marietta, Ga!" posted  Johnson Ferry Baptist Church web developer Kurt Meredith with this photo. It was taken at the restaurant near the church.

This photo, posted on Twitter, shows the Chick fil A on Johnson Ferry Road in east Cobb

"Yes it's 3 p.m. and Chick-fil-A is still wrapped around the building. Thanks Dan Cathy," Twitter user Blake Law posted with this photo, taken of the restaurant on Highway 92 in Woodstock.

This photo, posted on Twitter, shows cars lined up outside the restaurant on Highway 92 in Woodstock.

"Today's the day!," Foursquare user Jarrod C. posted with this photo, taken of the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House in Jonesboro.

A Foursquare user this photo at the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House in Hapeville.

"Business is really hurting," an ironic Instagram user named Meg Willis posted with this photo, showing the restaurant on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross.

This photo, posted on Instagram, shows crowds in the restaurant on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross.

"Americans being American," posted Instagram user Z. Donald Smith with this photo, showing a line of traffic outside Chick-fil-A on Buford Highway in Doraville.

An Instagram user posted this photo showing a line of traffic outside Chick-fil-A on Buford Highway in Doraville.

293 comments Add your comment

Shannon, M.Div.

August 1st, 2012
5:56 pm

I donated $20 to The Trevor Project.

For me, It’s not about Dan Cathy saying “Gosh, gays are icky!”

It’s about Chick-fil-A, as a business, giving money from its profits directly to organizations like Focus on the Family, which lobbies to keep discrimination part of our legal code, and Exodus International, which in the past has tried to “cure” queer folk. If you eat at Chick-fil-A, you are paying for *that*.

I have friends who are LGBT, and I wish everyone could know the real people in real families with real kids who are hurt by this legalized discrimination.

Terry Tucker

August 1st, 2012
5:56 pm

Brilliant move by Mr. Cathy: Reignite controversy based on your religious views. Wait for FOX to predictably make this a cultural war issues. Wait for the sheep to flock to your stores in support. Using religion to make money… The American way.

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Janice

August 1st, 2012
6:03 pm

Did you think Chick-fil-A was the only one?
The List: Food Companies that Mix Business with Conservative Agendas
http://gigabiting.com/the-list-food-companies-that-mix-business-with-conservative-agendas/

Don

August 1st, 2012
6:05 pm

Shannon wake up! This is why people are going in droves to Chick-Fil-A. They do believe in what Dan Cathy and apparently alot of other Americans believe in. How are your queer friends hurt by this perceived discrimination? They can still be together and love(?) each other. Nobody is telling them they can’t do that. The hypocrisy of you people astounds me. If some restaurant can out in support of gays and the conservative crowd boycotted that restaurant, you would be upset about that too. Why can’t the gay community be more diverse like they expect everyone else to be?

Terry, you are a fool sir(?)! If he was doing it for the money he could have done anytime before now. Hell, if it was for the money all he would have to do is open on Sundays!

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Don

August 1st, 2012
6:07 pm

So, Moses, because she is white she is a racist? Your hypocrisy makes me ill.

Progressive Humanist

August 1st, 2012
6:07 pm

It’s amazing how many rednecks packed those restaurants today. And quite sad. It makes me embarrassed that we have so many ignorant Americans.

Fred B

August 1st, 2012
6:11 pm

Listen, I couldn’t care less about what people do with there own lives. The simple fact is that this is a freedom of speech issue. Those are his views. He just happens to own a company that is worth billions. Also, he is in the current majority. The issue would have died, if they would have let it go, but gay people everywhere did something incredibly stupid. They picked a fight. It’s a southern based restuarant. How open minded did you think they would be? Let it die, your only hurting your cause. 21st rule. If the media isn’t on your side…… don’t pick the fight

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God lover

August 1st, 2012
6:16 pm

So because someone has a different opinion then you they’re ignorant? You must not understand the meaning of the word.

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Brett, M.Div,

August 1st, 2012
6:18 pm

People that believe in the biblical definition of marriage don’t have a problem with Focus on the Family and Exodus International.

Granny

August 1st, 2012
6:22 pm

ONCE AGAIN…THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION. This is a matter of freedom of speech. NO ONE WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. So, my suggestion is, if you don’t want your freedoms protected, then don’t do business with CFA. You people are taking this to the extreme. You are trying to make it something it’s not.

citizen

August 1st, 2012
6:26 pm

Mr. Cathy never “spoke out” on anything – a reporter asked him a question about his personal beliefs and he answered truthfully. There was no story, no press release, nothing except what the biased liberal media picked up and ran with, creating controversy out of something that everyone in this nation is still entitled to, their opinion. Every person with the least bit of intelligence knows that Chick Fil A is a business run on Christian principles so this is not news. Show some tolerance of Christian beliefs since you are all about tolerating anything and everything.

Rhino

August 1st, 2012
6:26 pm

@ Terry – if you think this was some scheme put on by CFA to drum up business, you are sorely mistaken. It was the liberal media who started all of this several months ago by slamming CFA for donating food to a marriage enrichment weekend – a weekend designed only for traditional marriages. CFA did not promote what they did – the liberal media made a big deal out of it. And now it’s the liberal media again making a big deal out of CFA’s right to put their profits where they want to. Maybe YOU should try being tolerant, just like the LGBT community screams and demands “tolerance” from anyone who disagrees with them.

FAMILYVALUES

August 1st, 2012
6:29 pm

This was a great day for America and traditional family values. The liberal media started the frenzy and in the end Chick-Fil-A will have one of their best sales days ever! God bless you Mr. Cathy!

RGB

August 1st, 2012
6:30 pm

The secular Left picked on the wrong people this time.

(Our office enjoyed the 17 CFA biscuits this morning.)

Dan–keep speaking the truth. God Bless You.

MariettaDawg

August 1st, 2012
6:32 pm

@Terry Tucker 5:56

What you say is nonsense. Mr. Cathy has every right to express his opinion. Obviously, most folks don’t have a problem with free speech and the right to practice (or not) ones religion of choice. Get over it.

m a deas

August 1st, 2012
6:36 pm

Sodomites need to get a life!!!!!!!!

Ruth

August 1st, 2012
6:36 pm

It’s not about freedom of speech. It’s about freedom to have an opinion.

Rhino

August 1st, 2012
6:36 pm

@ Shannon M Div -

Who do you work for? Maybe the majority should boycott your employer since they pay you a salary and you choose to donate to pro-gay causes that promote perversity and acceptance of queer (your word – not mine) lifestyle.

Guess what – the silent majority won’t do that because they recognize your right to do whatever you want with your money. The silent majority is TOLERANT of you and your views. Maybe you should try returning the favor???

CS

August 1st, 2012
6:38 pm

Don – you are an idiot. Any person, business or entity that promotes hate in our world should never be supported. But unfortunately, ignorance and bigotry abounds! My family will never eat at Chic Fil A again. And what Moses said had nothing to do with her being racist – ignorant, yes, racist? Who knows! But being at a Chic Fil A today speaks volumes about the general lack of acceptance and understanding that it is possible – and even OK – for another human being be different than you. And they are all ok! I have marched against the KKK but I sure as heck am not going to march into a CFA just to let a group of people know that I hate them. Gay people do not have a choice – ignorance is surely a choice.

Rhino

August 1st, 2012
6:39 pm

@ Janice – the beauty of this country is you’re free to spend your money wherever you want, without fear of retribution. And we are free to support Chick-Fil-A because they stand up for the same values that the majority of this country shares.

Raiderbeater

August 1st, 2012
6:41 pm

Chick fil a is a private business that gives it’s profits (the owners profits) to the organization that supports his personal beliefs. Where does the LBGT agenda groups or any other group have a right to scream discrimination? Can I no longer vote republican or libretarian because it hurts someones feelings based on their views?

People have made some eloquently stated foolish comments already. It’s funny how they don’t recognize the only group calling for a direct violation of someones rights under the law.

Rhino

August 1st, 2012
6:43 pm

@ CS – Please show me what CFA said that is “hatred”. I understand that their views may not align with yours – but calling it hatred is a serious charge. Do you have any evidence or specific quotes, or did you just get your feelings hurt and now you’re calling names because someone dares to disagree with you?

CFA does not discriminate against hiring, serving, or promoting LGBT’s. CFA supports traditional marriage and does not happen to think gay marriage aligns with their values. Is THAT hatred, in your opinion?

Raiderbeater

August 1st, 2012
6:43 pm

Now I’m just in for the LULZ…..we got people comparing chick fil a to the KKK.

HAHAHAHAHHA!!!!!

Raiderbeater

August 1st, 2012
6:44 pm

It will soon be law that we all MUST be gay. To not be is hatred!!!!!!

Raiderbeater

August 1st, 2012
6:45 pm

This cop and the entire shift ate at CFA today.

Can’t wait for a lib to say “we don;t pay you to eat there” in a pissed off tone!

Raiderbeater

August 1st, 2012
6:46 pm

And we paid!!!!

biffula

August 1st, 2012
6:46 pm

Way to go Chik-fil-a. The support day was a resounding success. Wait til you see what happens on November 6th.

Rhino

August 1st, 2012
6:52 pm

@ CS – How does being at a Chic Fil A today speak volumes about my general lack of acceptance and understanding that it is possible – and even OK – for another human being to be different than me? I know there are gays, LGBT’s, etc out there. They have a right to do whatever they want to do. I don’t hate them. I recognize they have every right to do what they want to do. YOU seem to have a problem with the majority’s right to support CFA for standing up for traditional values, though. Are you a bigot? Do you have a problem with tolerating views other than your own? CFA simply said what they believe in, and you and those on your side SCREAM of hatred, bigotry, intolerance, and a lack of acceptance. Where’s YOUR tolerance? Where’s YOUR acceptance of those whose beliefs differ from yours?

CS

August 1st, 2012
6:57 pm

I accept that there is ignorance everywhere and that most Christians are sheep. BAAA!

SWGADAWG

August 1st, 2012
6:59 pm

If you don’t like Chic Fil A…don’t eat there. As for me, I’ve been about 3 times as much as usual since I heard the negative reaction. But don’t worry I know how you feel. I wouldn’t eat a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream if you gave it to me.

chris

August 1st, 2012
6:59 pm

I remember there was a city filled to the brim, overflowing with homosexuals, screaming their way to fufill their foolish lusts. Each one trampling another to satisfy their evil desire. Then suddenly fire and brimstone coming from the heavens put them all to silence. Look up everyone, look up.

Tater in Afghanistan

August 1st, 2012
7:01 pm

True story. I was speaking to a conservative lezbo friend (thats what she calls herself, so chill). She said a few days ago she drove by a CFA and noticed some protesters. So, she went home and made a sign that said “I’M GAY AND I LOVE CHICK-FIL-A!’” and went back to the same CFA. She said after about 30 minutes there with her sign the manager came out with a sandwich, fries, and a huge lemonade. He talked to her a few minutes then shook hands and hugged her and went back inside. Then came back to check on her twice over the next two hours. Damn hate-filled Chick-fil-a folks!

CS

August 1st, 2012
7:01 pm

WOW – the sheep abound!!!!

Raiderbeater

August 1st, 2012
7:09 pm

Hey CS you are 100% right. I am a sheep…lowley and insignificant and I only need my Shepherd to save and care for me.

Raiderbeater

August 1st, 2012
7:10 pm

Libby is a troll. Just sayin.

Liberty Belle

August 1st, 2012
7:11 pm

If only the American people would get pissed off over the NDAA.

But we’re all about fluff

gatorsc1

August 1st, 2012
7:15 pm

shannon you lost your mind. ever heard of the 1st amendment? and did dan cathy say that?

gatorsc1

August 1st, 2012
7:16 pm

Terry good point.

John

August 1st, 2012
7:16 pm

CS = No friends, No life, No money, etc. Will die alone. What a loser.

Tater in Afghanistan

August 1st, 2012
7:18 pm

CS – “But being at a Chic Fil A today speaks volumes about the general lack of acceptance and understanding that it is possible – and even OK – for another human being be different than you. And they are all ok! I have marched against the KKK but I sure as heck am not going to march into a CFA just to let a group of people know that I hate them. Gay people do not have a choice – ignorance is surely a choice.”

Not trying to start anything, but did you just say you hated people for eating at Chick-fil-a? Or am I misunderstanding you?

PLUS, all of you folks that want everyone else to be tolerant sure are in a
p!$$3d off mood.

Jimmmie

August 1st, 2012
7:19 pm

Sitting in a cfa in dwoody. Teaming with very nice people. You rock Catheys!

Progressive Humanist

August 1st, 2012
7:20 pm

chris- You may want to renounce your foolish cult. You make Scientologists seem sane.

JANA

August 1st, 2012
7:21 pm

HI
Proud to support a business who gives back to the community. You do realize that the media caused all this mess not Dan Cathey. I will continue to support CFA because they are a good company, it is a shame that the media enjoys to destroy our country. Actually, some of the media need to go to a communist country and live, so they can see and feel how awful it is to live without rights

I behind you CFA

Progressive Humanist

August 1st, 2012
7:25 pm

God lover- No, I think you don’t understand the meaning of the word “ignorant”. It has nothing to do with opinions, which are like @$%holes because everyone has one. Ignorance would suggest a lack of education, and anyone who believes in the 3,000 year old myths of delusional sheep herders lacks the education to be called anything other than ignorant. And if you want laws to restrict the behavior of other people (gay people) who don’t buy into your myths, then you’re immoral to boot. As a matter of fact, your reprehensible book is the main source of immorality in this country.

BRAD DAVIS

August 1st, 2012
7:25 pm

I stand with the Cathey Family! Liberals picked the WRONG fight. This issue is deeper than fast food but beliefs in Family Values, the Bible and FREE SPEECH. If you don’t like it, go elsewhere. McDondald’s will take your money. I’m making a stand and I will not be intimidated!!!