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January 29, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Such terrible people, really.

A number of motorists who had to abandon their vehicles in the snow on Highway 280 outside of Birmingham, Ala. were able to find shelter in the storm thanks to the kindness and generosity of Chick-fil-A restaurant employees and the restaurant’s owner, Mark Meadows.

The snow started falling and accumulating, and pretty soon people were stranded. They sought shelter at the nearby Chick-fil-A.

Some of the drivers had been stuck in their cars for nearly seven hours without any food or water. So the staff of the Chick-fil-A decided to lend a helping hand.

“We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to – as long as we had food to give out.”

The staffers braved the falling snow and ice and Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches.

The meal was a gift – no strings attached.

But why did Chick-fil-A staff do this?

“This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you’re worried about money or profit,” Pitts says. “We were just trying to follow the model that we’ve all worked under for so long and the model that we’ve come to love. There was really nothing else we could have done but try to help people any way we could.”

Rahm Emanuel, do you have anything to say? Oh, right — “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”

Indeed.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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I saw this live and in person but fortunately did not need their help as I could keep moving after a short stop.

Right behind the Chick-fil-a was a Hampton Inn where management opened their lobby for anyone who needed it once all their rooms were full...20 minutes to charge a phone or 20 hours just to be out of the cold..all were welcome. Across the street from the ChickFlic a day surgery center did the same and the nurse staff hit the street on-foot to hand-out water, snacks, and check on everyone every once-in-a-while. Other businesses did the same, and not one asked for payment.

If a folk needed something that someone else had...a phone, a given phone charger, I even saw a spare jacket and gloves be given away...it was readily shared without hesitation.

Having lived in the area for many years after importing from another state, I'm not usually a big fan of the locals. Yesterday though, they...as a society... did come through and if anyone went without it was just because no one knew they needed anything.
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"By their fruit you shall know them."
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Granting that it would have to be one bugger of a storm to have the same effect on traffic in Chicago as this one had in Georgia. Because in theory, Chicago is prepared for such.

However, another point about Chicago values.

1) If motorists would have had to abandon their cars on the highway in Chicago:

a) when they returned they would have been broken into, looted, and the cars stripped bare.

b) a significant part of a) above would have been done by Chicago and Illinois government employees.

c) any of b) that resulted in arrests would be acquitted or charges dropped due to political pressure/payoffs.

2) No Chicago business owner or building management in their right mind would allow free access after hours to a crowd of strangers. They would not have a property left by morning.

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I bet those Chik-fil-A people didn't even ask the motorists they were handing out food to whether they were gay or not.
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On the other hand, that much snow here in Chicago might get drivers on the Dan Ryan to slow down to 85. And maybe even use their turn signals.

Nah! Just dreaming.
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What kind of world would this be if we forgave people of thought crimes, just because of good things they actually do?
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Shhhhh, stop talking about the goodness of folks in the South especially Alabama. Lord they might start coming here and ruin it. Naw, we are all racist bigots, fundamental Christians who hate others, stupid, hicks, hillbillies, gun totin rednecks.
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There you go, trying to hide your light under a barrel. It's still a good light.
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I wonder if the gay people had the courage of their convictions and turned down the free food?
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Most of my gay friends gave up their boycott a month or two after "the incident" due to an undeniable craving for a spicy chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and lemonade.
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The IRS goons will soon show up at the scene of the crime and demand the identity of each individual who recieved unpaid goods so they can apply the 50% gift tax on the beneficiaries.
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“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”

Nice of Emanuel to basically tell all of us about Chicago's crappy values.
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I saw this live and in person but fortunately did not need their help as I could keep moving after a short stop.

Right behind the Chick-fil-a was a Hampton Inn where management opened their lobby for anyone who needed it once all their rooms were full...20 minutes to charge a phone or 20 hours just to be out of the cold..all were welcome. Across the street from the ChickFlic a day surgery center did the same and the nurse staff hit the street on-foot to hand-out water, snacks, and check on everyone every once-in-a-while. Other businesses did the same, and not one asked for payment.

If a folk needed something that someone else had...a phone, a given phone charger, I even saw a spare jacket and gloves be given away...it was readily shared without hesitation.

Having lived in the area for many years after importing from another state, I'm not usually a big fan of the locals. Yesterday though, they...as a society... did come through and if anyone went without it was just because no one knew they needed anything.
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"By their fruit you shall know them."
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"Actions speak louder than words"
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The ignoramus Left (yes, I know that's redundant) will probably think you were dissing homosexuals.
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