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Police, Fire Officials Called to Manage Loganville Chick-fil-A Crowd

The owner of Loganville Chick-fil-A said he expected "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to be big, he just never realized how big.

The fire marshal and had to respond to the by lunchtime Wednesday as crowds patronizing the restaurant for "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" overwhelmed the restaurant.

"I expected it to be big, just not this big," said Loganville Chick-fil-A owner Edgar Brush. "Did I expect I would have to be standing here with the fire marshal letting people in - No Maam."

Aug. 1 was designated "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" by former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. He did it in response to the outcry against the company because of comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. A Facebook page created by Huckabee calling for the support said the former governor was incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick  fil-A company because Cathy had affirmed his support for the biblical version of marriage.

Huckabee asked that no one carry signs, make speeches or openly demonstrate, but rather simply show up and eat - and show up in Loganville they did. Much the same happened at the Chick-fil-A in Monroe, with police having to control the traffic there too. 

Capt. Rick Morris with the Loganville Fire Department said they were called in to help control the crowds. Fire officials were stationed at each side of the restaurant, only letting more people in one door as customers left via the other. Police also had to control traffic backed up on Highway 78 as cars waited to go through the drive-through. But people didn't seem to mind. Chick-fil-A staff offered water to the people prepared to wait in the hot sun.

Brush said he's been with Chick-fil-A for more than 30 years - in fact had a restaurant in downtown Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics - but he's never seen anything like the crowds that turned up Wednesday.

"I thought I might even double what we usually do, but nothing like this," Brush said, adding, however, that he appreciates all business. "We serve everybody here. I'm not a politician - I'm in the food business. We appreciate everybody's business and anybody who wants to talk to me about this is welcome to call."

In response to Huckabee's call for support for Chick-fil-A, another group, Fund for the Public Interest, has called for a National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A on Friday. At this time, though, it is not expected to cause another fire hazard. As of Tuesday, only 8,550 people had responded "yes" and 2,638 gave a "maybe." Although it did have more of a headstart, "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" had more than 500,000 "yes" responses by that time.

Ken Eister August 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM
At the same time, everyone should boycot products made by the anti-American cities that opposed American values.
Darrel Gower August 01, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I'd like to offer a nit-picky correction: The comments were made by Dan Cathy, not Truett. Either way, glad to see the support.
Sharon Swanepoel August 01, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Thank you Darrel - I had it right, second guessed myself and made it wrong - not sure what I was thinking. Thanks for the heads up!
Tammy Osier August 01, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Maybe if they turn a biger profit than expected can spring for more and better parking? I'm always afraid I'm going to back into somebody on a busy day. LOL
Tammy Osier August 01, 2012 at 08:45 PM
bigger - hit send way too soon (need to get these fake nails redone!)
George Wilson August 01, 2012 at 10:08 PM
It was just a chicken sandwich, right? You really love Chick-fil-A. And if you eat just one sandwich, it’s really not hurting anyone. Right? Sadly, something as simple as a chicken sandwich has become a symbol of intolerance and hate in a national-scale political debate. When Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy said he was ‘guilty as charged,’ he wasn’t kidding. Chick-fil-A has donated money that it collects from you and your family to fund groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an organization that works in secret to fight gay equality. Chick-fil-A also gave money to Exodus International, a group that works with gay Christians to “pray the gay away.” Is it any wonder that the same week Mr. Cathy proclaimed gay men and women are "inviting God's judgement on our nation," the news was filled with reports of more hate crimes against LGBT citizens? Discrimination and hate go hand-in-hand. And Chik-fil-A helps fund both. As long as you have $5 to spend on a chicken sandwich, Chik-fil-A will have $5 million to support institutionalized hatred. Until then, it's time to stop supporting hate. It's time to stop supporting Chik-fil-A.Discrimination and hate go hand-in-hand.
Mudd August 01, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Eat more chickin', George. Maybe your sight will return.
Lisa Carlan August 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Thank you George,,, I have been making these same points all week....
Lisa Carlan August 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Been keeping our money out of their pockets awhile ....
Ben August 02, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Well, I don't agree with George, I am for the Christian Values, in Life that I was taught at Home, Church & School. Back then you could have prayer in school. maybe George need to read the Bible on what God tells is about this issue, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, NIV,as for me, I will trust what God has to say, than the Liberal news media & the Liberial voters of this world, You should get along with all the people, I am not trying to tell you that they could not before given for there lifestyle, they could. But for now, I will Purchase more of the Chick-Fil-A Products and I hope other will also, This company and its Values is one of the top Companys in the US and I love and agree with there values.
Steve Allen August 03, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I'm not a Christian, and I'm not a homophobe - but this is a tempest in a teapot, people. Chik-Fi-A promotes strong traditional family values and does so in positive ways - by offering marriage strengthening workshops at the Winshape Foundation and by supporting groups that encourage two-parent, male-female families. If you are a teenager working part time there, they don't tolerate bad attitudes and poor performance and offer college scholarships to kids who earn them. You may not agree with them about those things, but calling them names, defaming the company with lies and distortions is horrible and riduculous. Anyone with half a brain (and who has actually BEEN to one) understands that CFA restaurants are cleaner, friendlier, and more consistently high-quality than any other fast food purveyor in the US. And the massive outpouring of support just shows that there are a lot of Americans who appreciate CFA and their values. Isn't it amazing how the hate speech coming from people and groups trying to hurt CFA has only blown back on them and exposed them to be the REAL hate-mongers. Only proves that you can't lift yourself up to be admired and accepted by demeaning and diminishing others who you don't like or don't agree with.
Snyder August 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
So Obama was a hateful President up until June when he changed his stance on gay marriage? Give me a break. Liberals only talk about hate when it is a conservative christian. You can love a gay person and not support the legal right to gay marriage. PS. where are all the liberal protests against muslim countries executing gay people. Why are you not out in front of the Iranian embassy with a protest sign. Why...its is obvious.
Ben August 03, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I have known, Several Gay people and they all vote and think the way Democratic voters think, I wonder why????
bob villa August 03, 2012 at 09:20 PM
this whole gay thing is just sickening ! please stay in closets !

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