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National Issue Spurs 'Chickin Politickin' PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 17:12

It started when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee created a counter boycott to one launched by gay marriage activists last week, that after Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said he was “guilty as charged” for not supporting gay marriage.

The plan went viral, and was in evidence as the lunch crowd descended on the Boone Chick-fil-A. Alongside the Boone police directing traffic, Boone franchise co-owner Terese Oliver checked out the traffic, “People had emailed us and talked to us and said, ‘we’re coming in Wednesday.’” When asked if there was enough chicken for the rush, Oliver replied, “You know, we ordered a lot of chicken…I hope we don’t run out. We did the best we could to prepare, but we had no idea what to expect.”  Many of those in line were supporting Dan Cathy’s stance, like Walt from Blowing Rock, who said “We support the owner of Chick-fil-A. I think he’s right, and he’s making a comment about how he feels, and whether they say it’s the firm or not its one individual’s statement. I think he’s allowed to have his say.”  Others were just trying to get into the driveway, as he was caught in the crowd trying to get into the restaurant next door. But Oliver was adamant that this was not any promotion organized by the company, “This is not a self-promotion in any way—we don’t want people to think we’re doing that,” but she admitted the response has been phenomenal.


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