Chick-fil-A Customer Appreciation Day: Did You Attend?

Reports of long lines at the restaurant chain came in from around the country, including Temple Terrace.

As Chick-fil-A finds itself in the center of an ongoing controversy over marriage, supporters of the eatery .

Throughout the Tampa Bay area and in many other parts of the country, people turned out in droves to patronize the embattled restaurant. Whether they came to show their support for freedom of speech, traditional marriage or just to get a crispy chicken sandwich with a pickle wasn’t always clear.

"It's been a record day at Fowler Chick-fil-A with a line of cars backing up on Fowler (Avenue) past 56th Street to show their support," Carmen Fisher, marketing director for the , said Wednesday.

She said the restaurant was packed from open to close.

As Chick-fil-A proponents turned out in droves, others opted to boycott the establishment to show their support for same-sex marriage.

What do you think about the hoopla surrounding Chick-fil-A? Did you go to the Temple Terrace or restaurants yesterday? If so, what were the lines like? Share your thoughts in the comments section. You can also add any photos you took of the lines or protests right to this story.

Stephanie Alpaugh August 02, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Everyone has A right to free speech and vocalize opinions. Others have the choice whether or not to support a particular establishment depending on their politics. I find it disturbing that a porported "Christian" establishment would verbalize such un-Christlike narrowmindedness and financially contribute to some very destructive far-right organizations. Jesus Christ surrounded himself with and loved even the lowest members of society. He taught us to love and accept one another- not judge
Aimee August 03, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I, for one, will not be visiting the fast food chain any time soon. I do not appreciate Chick-fil-A or their unhealthy food, nor their political and religious views. This is one of the best things I've read so far: http://www.owldolatrous.com/?p=288
Martha R Hayes August 03, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I will never support such an evennt, that does nothing more than divide our community. What was said was very mean and hurtful and I, for one, do not believe such one way views should not be expressed unless the person is willing to accept the consequences it causes. A CEO is entitleled to his voiews, certainly but a CEO begin a leader speaks for an entire company. Just the way it is. I look at Chic Fil A differently now.....
Joseph Brian Scott August 03, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I didn't go. Chik-fil-a is literally a 10-min. walk from my home, and I have on many occasions enjoyed the delicious waffle fries and lemonade they offer, but will do so no more. Mr. Cathy has every right to express his views and opinions and donate his money to any legal cause he deems worthy, and whether he has the RIGHT to do so is not the issue; obviously he does and can; I personally don't know anyone who's making the argument that the law should be used to prevent him from doing so. What's at issue is the MERIT of the causes he supports, and I for one am grateful that Mr. Cathy was brave and honest enough to state his position on certain issues that deeply affect loved ones in my life, so that I can make a more informed choice as to how to spend my fast food dollars. Any money I give to his business becomes his money, which in turn can be given to organizations such as the Family Research Council so that it becomes their money, and that AIN'T cool with me. If only ALL businesses were as forthcoming about the causes they support. The efforts by the mayors of Boston and Chicago to ban Chik-fil-a from opening stores in their cities are WAY out of bounds with the role of government; zoning laws should not discriminate between businesses that have opinions that we like and donate their $ in ways that we like with those that do these things in ways we do NOT like. Give people information, and let THEM decide how to use their dollars. Once again, thank you Mr. Cathy.
Alex February 01, 2013 at 12:45 AM
What hurtful things did Chick fil a say?!?! All Dan Kathy did was state his opinion!! You people are crazy thinking that he made some outrageous remark. GROW UP!


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