The latter attribute was on full display this week when a snowstorm hit Alabama, stalling countless drivers near Birmingham.
Shortly after the precipitation began, the owner of one local restaurant made the decision to shut down and let his employees head home. A short time later, however, after a number of workers found it impossible to reach their residences, they returned and put a heartwarming plan into effect.
Restaurant manager Audrey Pitt explained that the staff “cooked several hundred sandwiches” before trudging through the snow toward the completely immobilized vehicles on nearby Highway 280.
“This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you’re worried about money or profit,” she explained, doubtlessly annoying the radical leftists still trying to paint the corporation as intolerant.
“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,” she continued. “There was really nothing else we could have done but try to help people any way we could.”
One of the motorists served during the incredible gesture was Lauren Dango. She said she recognized owner Mark Meadows approaching her vehicle, explaining he not only passed out free food but personally helped navigate at least one driver to a safer location.
Incredibly, the restaurant was also opened up to those who needed a place to sleep during the storm; and, the following morning, employees began cooking breakfast for those who remained stranded.
Chick-fil-A is a rarity among modern corporations. Along with retailers like Hobby Lobby, the restaurant chain was proudly built on Christian principles and values. As a result, the secular left looks for any reason to disparage and demonize its business model and employees.
Deeply rooted ethics, however, trump such unfounded criticism; and Chick-fil-A continues to build on its strong reputation as a generous brand staffed by individuals eager to carry out the company’s founding principles. If there’s still any doubt, one need only ask the stranded motorists along Highway 280.
–B. Christopher Agee
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