Chick-fil-A’s across the country were packed full of supporters yesterday for Mike Huckabee’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.This all started with Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy’s statements about gay marriage, which created a national controversy. He said that redefining marriage would be “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
While Chick-fil-A says that it’s not going to be releasing its sales numbers, it did say that the day was “unprecedented.”
Both Huckabee and Chick-fil-A made sure to remind everyone that the event wasn’t company-backed.
“I purposefully had no contact with the company personally,” said Huckabee on FOX News. “I didn’t want to make it look like it was some coordinated effort on their behalf.”
Here’s Chick-fil-A’s official statement, from EVP of marketing Steve Robinson:
We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country. Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not a company promotion; it was initiated by others.
We congratulate local Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators and their team members for striving to serve each and every customer with genuine hospitality.
While we don’t release exact sales numbers, it was an unprecedented day.
The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honour, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.
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