Three reasons I will be attending Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.
Breakfast: Their Valet Service
This is just one of the many things I appreciate. There’s already delicious food, a play area, and clean seating all in one location. Why on earth would I not want to go with my kids? However, taking two children, the oldest of whom is two, and sometimes three or four children if I am babysitting, is rather difficult. Leave it to the caring staff and management of Chick-fil-A to come to my rescue. It’s called Valet Service. I can drive up, order and pay for everyone’s meal at the window, park my big red family van, and walk into the restaurant. Awaiting me is a table already laid out with everyone’s food and the appropriate amount of high chairs. Did I mention if it’s raining they’ve been known to meet me with an umbrella? Their service is undeniably superb.
Lunch: Their Kind Staff
Yes. I assume they are trained to be polite. I also assume they comb through their potential employees with a politeness aptitude check of some sort. The employees at my three local Chick-Fil-A locations are the sweetest, most helpful, and most service oriented individuals I have come across in a fast food setting. I have never once walked in and surprised two of them making out behind the counter (Backyard Burgers) or had my order taken by a young man trying to hide his trip under a ball cap while staring at the breasts of the customer behind me (McDonald’s).
- been greeted with a door held open for my double stroller.
- been remembered at the drive through. (Hey! How are you doing? I thought that was you with the #1 no-pickle and a Cherry Coke. Oh! You had your baby! How wonderful!…)
- had my order cheerfully fixed from pickle to no-pickle.
- brought my kids to princess night/ pirate night/ cow appreciation day, complete with staff dressed up and appropriately in character.
- been helped to my car with an umbrella in the rain.
- had fresh fries brought out to my table (not by request) because the worker thought my original batch had cooled too much by the time it reached me.
Dinner: The Reason Behind It All
If you haven’t read Dan Cathy’s original statement, please feel free to do so in an excerpt below. Also, read the secondary report of the interviewer who published the content here: http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38314
Some have opposed the company’s support of the traditional family. “Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
“We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized.
“We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
The upper management personally cares about Christian values. That’s all Cathy claimed to be guilty of. He denied being a Christian corporation. He personally claimed to be a Christian individual. (Not in this excerpt. Go read the whole article.) He said nothing whatsoever against homosexual people. He welcomes all people to his restaurant. He credits God with his profit and success, and thanks God that he lives in America where he has the freedom to run his business with good values. He mentioned his financial success funding orphanages, marriage retreats, and college scholarships. He cares about families. He is thankful that he is married to his first wife. It is out of his belief and gratitude that he runs his business in such a wonderful manner and generously gives out of his financial gain to others.
They are not only good at what they do, they have a reason behind it which drives them toward excellence.
So, there you have it. The three main reasons I will be joining in on Chick-Fil-A appreciation day on August 1, 2012. Don’t go anywhere Chick-Fil-A. I’m glad you are here.
What are yours? Post them as your status if you’d like so I can read them. 🙂