Chick-fil-A Silences 'Anti-LGBT' Label Once and for All with Show of Support in Orlando
Chick-fil-A is known for a few things: delicious fried chicken, not opening on the Lord's day, and opposing homosexual marriage. In fact, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the chain restaurant as "anti-gay" in calling for a boycott last month. But the local affiliate in Orlando opened its doors last Sunday, and not to make a profit.
On Sunday June 12, the day of the mass shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando, FL, the local Chick-fil-A at University Boulevard and Rouse Road fired up the grill. Employees cooked up hundreds of fried chicken sandwiches, brewed dozens of gallons of sweet tea, and gave it all away. For free.
Chick-fil-A gave away hundreds of sandwiches to the OneBlood donation center, where an unprecedented amount of people gave blood, in a show of solidarity with victims of the shooting.
"I've been here 13 years and never seen a response like this," OneBlood spokesman Pat Michaels told the Orlando Sentinel. Donation centers have filled to capacity and started turning donors away. "The sentiment is understood and appreciated, but it's a little too much, too soon."
While donors waited to give blood, Chick-fil-A employees handed out food and drinks, free of charge.
The Pulse is a gay night club, and the majority of victims of the shooting were gay, but that does not seem to bother the alleged gay haters at Chick-fil-A.
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