The bizarre reason one Chick-fil-A customer is receiving free food for a year

Chick fil a cowChick Fil A at CamelbackThe cow prior to its disappearance.

An investigation into the theft of a 24-foot inflatable cow has led to a year’s supply of free Chick-fil-A for one lucky tipster. 

On Saturday, a 350-pound inflatable Chick-fil-A cow was stolen, following the cow’s appearance at an ASU football game, Fox 10 reports.

“I think it’s horrible that someone would take a cow,” one customer told Fox 10. “What are they going to do with it? I mean you can’t put it in front of your house.”

Eager for the return of the over-sized cow, Phil Thomas, the Chick-fil-A franchisee, offered one year of free chicken sandwiches to anyone who could bring the cow back to the restaurant. 

On Monday, a tipster spotted the cow in a nearby backyard. The homeowner told police that he bought the inflatable cow at a garage sale, and that he believed it was a bouncy house, reports ABC 15. 

The cow has been returned to the Chick-fil-A, and is reportedly in good condition. Thomas
 followed through on his promise, and will give the tipster a year of free Chick-fil-A, according to Fox-10. 

Chick-fil-A is known for its cow mascots — who implore customers to “Eat Mor Chikin” — as well as its giveaways. When a new Chick-fil-A location opens, the first 100 customers receive free food for a year — perhaps an easier way to get free chicken sandwiches than chasing down cow-stealing criminals. 

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