These photos were taken Wednesday over the course of the day, which was designated Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, at the Chick-fil-A located at 182nd and Hawthorne. I am going to guess that if you are reading my blog you probably heard about the controversy, and you have your own feelings on the subject. It really has no affect on my life as I don’t eat there anyway. They don’t show up on my fast food radar. Anyhow, I do have some observations as the most unbiased reporter you know.
I walk by the place at least once every day that I am home; at some point, the dogs and I are going by it. I do not do fast food, but if I am, I want good for you food, and the El Pollo Loco they replaced did that. I miss them; I am never going to do a deep fried chicken sandwich. That being said, they always have business, whenever I go by there there are cars in the drive-thru. This morning, at 9:00 AM there was no one. I thought that was pretty odd. After I walked the dogs I got my camera and came back. The first photos were at 10:00 AM and I thought it was pretty slow. I figured it was Torrance, not some Bible Belt town in MO or something.
At noon I decided to walk back and see what was up. I could tell that there was a line of cars to get in the parking lot. As I walked down the street I saw a guy in his truck eating his lunch, with a Chick-fil-A cup on his dashboard. I went up and talked to him. He said he waited about 40 minutes in the drive-thru. His photo is the beginning of the noon photos. You can see the crowd grew.
At 6:00 PM I walked back up. The lines of cars were longer, but people were not coming out the door. When I went in I noticed it was a lot more families now. The photo of the family of four sitting together will be your sign that you are at the 6:00 PM photos. We took the dogs for their nightly walk in a route that would guarantee we walked by Chick-fil-A and there were still lines. When we got home around 9:30 I went back and got the final shots. The night time photos will be your sign you have arrived there.
I saw, was told and overheard a lot. I think it is safe to say that the Hawthorne Blvd and 182nd St location of Chick-fil-A never had so much business. I am pretty sure this scene was replicated all over the nation. I think you might find it difficult to convince Cathy or his bookkeeper that he took the wrong stance. It will be interesting to see the turnout for Friday when the gay protest is supposed to happen.