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The Real Reason To Be Upset With Chick-Fil-A

There has been much ado lately about Chick-Fil-A and their support of “the traditional family”. It’s been a polarizing topic on TV news programs, message boards, and of course, Facebook. Opposition to the family-owned Chick-Fil-A comes from a statement by COO, Dan Cathy (the owner’s son), on the topic of marriage equality, resulting in people calling the company bigoted and outdated. The Jim Henson Company ceased it’s Pajanimals partnership with the food maker due to it’s opinion. Mayors are threatening (possibly illegally) to keep Chick-Fil-A franchises out of their cities. All of this in response to an older Southern man saying things old Southern men say all the time (see: belt, bible).Since when did people start listening to, or caring about, a man who has a brother named Bubba? To me, this issue is overblown. We really should be focusing on a much greater problem.

As noted earlier, Chick-Fil-A (CFA) is a family-owned company, started by S. Truett Cathy in 1967. The company began to grow, thanks in part to a pressure fryer that made cooking chicken an incredibly fast process. The company expanded so quickly that by 1994, they were large enough to start sponsoring college football’s Peach Bowl. Usually when a company obtains growth like this, it decides the best option is to go public. However, S. Truett and his greedy little hands had a better idea and kept the company family-owned. Because of this, those fine gentlemen on Wall Street couldn’t take their piece of the pie from one of the nation’s most popular chicken restaurants. Travesty!

In addition, CFA operates its franchises much differently than other mainstream fast food chains. Instead of limiting the potential ownership to only those great individuals that can afford to build and maintain a franchise store, as well as pay upfront franchising fees (usually summing $1-2 million), CFA only requires a $5,000 upfront investment for operators, while CFA chooses the location for the store and pays to build it. By doing this, CFA is allowing those whiny ninety-nine percenters to get a piece of the action usually reserved for the trust fund brigade. On top of this, franchise operators pull down $190,000 per year on average! There goes the month-long vacation to Martha’s Vineyard for some poor, hapless fellow. Again, travesty!

In this day and age, there’s not a lot to be proud about in America. Our economy is in the dumps, gas prices make us THINK about not driving our quad-cab diesels as much, Bravo is a TV channel and Justin Bieber officially took over as Canada’s worst export (you can now rest, Bryan Adams). One thing we all were able to be proud of was the ability of the rich to suppress the poor. And now, Chick-Fil-A comes out with this hippie, everybody-can-be-rich business model and screws everything up. I’ll say it one more time, travesty!

There’s a lot to be mad at Chick-Fil-A about, but Bubba’s brother saying something you’d expect Bubba’s brother to say shouldn’t be it. The real problem here is CFA’s attempt to blur the class system our founders worked so hard to make and protect. You may not be angry now, but when one of “those” people (the poor) move into your gated community, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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