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Chick-fil-A All-Nighters Set Up Camp in Restaurant Parking Lot

Activities and free food make the 24-hour wait fun for dozens camped out at Route 34 location.

The first 100 people who lined up outside the Oswego Chick-fil-A Wednesday morning were guaranteed free chicken for a year if they stay on site until 6 a.m. Thursday morning, and that's just what they did. 

The parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at 2740 Route 34 was full of pitched tents, tables and chairs as people from all over the country set-up camp for the promise of free chicken.

Murray Barrett from New Braunfels, Texas, was there with his son.

“We’re heading up to a wedding in Wisconsin on Saturday,” said Barrett. “We planned a stop here into our trip,” making it the sixth Chick-fil-A “First 100."

Ron Hubbard from Montgomery said it is his second, and that he appreciates the fact that the chain closes on Sundays for a day of worship. 

“Anytime you can help spread Jesus and God’s message through a Christian group like this… it’s great,” he said. 

The Chick-fil-A staff kept the campers entertained with various activities and a band later in the evening. Some opted to take naps in their tents, set up a bags game or pull out a deck of cards to pass the time. Free drinks and food were supplied to everyone who attended.

While playing bags with a group of friends, Oswego resident Rich Fitzgerald said it was his 14th Chick-fil-A overnighter.

When asked what he did with all of the free chicken – a year’s supply is coupons for 52 free meals – Fitzgerald chuckled and said he ate a lot of chicken. He also, along with many there, gave away coupons to friends or family members or even passing strangers .

“These are just so much fun,” he said, gesturing to the assortment of people in the parking lot. “I always see people here that I’ve met before. These are like big reunions.”

Fitzgerald was very eager to have a restaurant open in his hometown. He said that before the Fox Valley location had opened, he would plan his vacations to try and stop in at a Chick-fil-A along the route to get his chicken fix.

“It’s great that they’re here,” he said. “A great addition to Oswego.”

Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Oswego308: Where in nature is marriage defined as between a man and a womn (let alone defined at all)? So if civil law protects marriage only for procreation, why is it legal for the elderly, who are long past the age of child bearing, to get married. "If a man can marry a man, then why can't a woman marry a horse?" A horse cannot give consent. Methinks you need to take a logic class.
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Actually...no Scott...you are free to eat where you like. We are just informing you of where you money goes when you patronize CFA. If you have no problem with your money going to fund hate groups, feel free to keep patronizing CFA. However, if you feel hate is wrong, as Jesus taught, then you would not want to patronize a company that sends money to hate groups. No one is standing front of you and preventing you from doing anything. You have free will. We are just trying to educate you so you can make an informed decision.
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Scott...CFA takes the profits it makes from its sales and donates some of them to hate groups. If you buy food from CFA, part of the money that you give them goes to hate groups. If you continue to buy from CFA, then you are knowingly giving money to hate groups...thus that means you support hate. CFA has several lawsuits agaisnt them in regards to discrimination agaisnt gay employees.... Would you feel the same if a company opened a store in Oswego that donated money to neo-Nazis or the KKK and still say they don't support hate? Regarless if this is a franchise or not, money from the Oswego store goes into the coffers of CFA Corporate and thus some of that gets donated to hate groups.
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Most of us don't necessarily research every company we do business with. For me its a paring down as i find things that they do that I just can't overlook. Things like what CFA does...or how Walmart treats it's employees. Some are a little more researched, like not doing business with Home Depot because they are major republican contributors. With ruling like Citizens United, it is becoming more and more important to vote with our dollars. Corporations now have the unlimited ability to effect our elections...the only way we have to limit that is to stop giving them out money so they just don't have it to give to politicians or other causes that we believe are wrong.
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Probably right. If Mr. Cathy kept his mouth shut, this probably wouldn't be an issue. I am sure it would have come out eventually...who knows. The fact is that this did come to light. What i don;t get is why any business would want to do anything that would alienate customers. To me, as a small business owner, that would be the stupidest thing in the world. Smart businesses try and stay neural...especially on hot button issues like this. If he would have been smart, he would have donated all this money on a personal level and no one would have had an issue with it.
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 04:39 AM
For me...I never really knew anything about them. I had seen their name in a few surveys, but didn't really pay attention to them because they weren't in our area. When they opened stores in the Chicago area, i started to pay more attention...then I heard about their donations to hate groups and then I realized I would never do business with them and as a part of that, i also wanted to get the word out about where their money goes so people can make an informed decision as to whether or not they would patronize them. That is what the protest was about...as well as continued resistance to their presence.
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 04:40 AM
If it reduces his capabilities to donate to hate groups, then we have won. Every person that decides that supporting hate is not worth it, that is that much less Dan Cathy has to give to hate groups.
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Scott...the only thing we know about this "Sons of Thunder" group is that they are out of Florida. I would say that they belong to an Apostolic or Pentecostal group by the way the women that were with them were dressed. There are several groups out there called Sons of Thunder. One is a fundamentalist Christian group out of GA that is listed as a hate group by the SPLC...I couldn't find a link between them and the group that was at the protest. There is also a group of Christian Bikers, but i do see that they are related. This is being researched.
Scott Harmon August 26, 2012 at 05:01 AM
@Eric, What are names of the alleged hate groups that are funded by CFA? Who determines that they are a hate group? Are they known for committing hate crimes? Is support of biblical doctrine considered hate?
Scott Harmon August 26, 2012 at 05:36 AM
@Eric, I doubt the CFA is donating money to the KKK or neo-Nazis types of groups. I'm trying to find the name of the alleged "hate" groups. I'm also attempting to find out who is defining these groups as "hate" groups and what criteria they are using to define a "hate" group.
Scott Harmon August 26, 2012 at 06:02 AM
@Eric, I would like to know what you discover about 'Sons of Thunder'. Did you notice the women were videotaping people that engaged with them?
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Yep...I also got pics of them too....and a video ;-)
Eric Roberts August 26, 2012 at 06:06 AM
That was an example Scott...the groups tey donate to are groups like Exodus International (they were the ones that lobbied the Ugandan government to pass the legislation that made being gay an executable offense), Family Research Council, and others that support "Pray away the Gay" psuedo-therapy. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has labeled them as hate groups because of their actions.
JimmyJ August 26, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Eric, you sound a lot like some of the Occupy protesters I've heard interviews with.
JimmyJ August 26, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Eric, you said if he gave all his money on a personal level, no one would have any issue with it? What sense does that make..."here's a million from my company" or "here's a million from my pocket"
JimmyJ August 26, 2012 at 06:13 AM
And Obama doesn't have a super pac?
JimmyJ August 26, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Eric...you can't believe everything the SLPC says. Mike McConnell on WGN radio had an interesting guest this week. They went down the list of "hate" groups on the SLPC list and many of them are one there for some pretty dubious reasons that have nothing to do with hating anyone. The interview is on his page of the WGN Radio website under podcasts.
JimmyJ August 26, 2012 at 06:17 AM
I eat now and then at CFA, I ship now and then at Wal-Mart and Home Depot...I must be evil incarnate!
JimmyJ August 26, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Shop now and then.....darn fingers..
Scott Harmon August 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
@Eric, do you mind sharing your video and pics? I usually have my gear going, but didn't in this case since I didn't want to bother your group and it was more of a date night for my wife and I. You can respond to my personal email @d.scott.harmon@gmail.com
Eric Roberts September 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM
CFA got the message: http://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/33267600 They have suspended all donations to anti-LGBT organizations and have written a letter of support of the LGBT community.
Martin September 19, 2012 at 08:30 PM
CFA wasn't giving to anti-gay groups...the owner was with HIS money. Ald. Moreno is just trying to save face.
Eric Roberts September 19, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Yes they were...via the charitable arm of the company...it wasn't Dan Cathy donating...it was CFA.
Logansdad September 19, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Where do you think Dan Cathy was getting his money from....some it was from the profits from his restaurants and franchise fees.
Kevin Wagner September 19, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I am going to continue eating there anyway!
Eric Roberts September 19, 2012 at 09:58 PM
If it was just Dan Cathy donating, there there wouldn't have been as much of an issue...the problem was that he was doing this in the company's name and made it part of the restaurant rather than something personal. Good to see that you don't care that they support hate Kevin. When one person doesn't have their freedom, none of us do. I served in the Army to protect everyone's freedom. Dan Cathy and his company were representing and donating organizations who's mission is to deny people's freedom. Not very American.
John Spasojevich September 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM
OMG ! Can we PLEASE PLEASE not start this one up again. Come on..those of you for CFA can eat there, those of you against CFA can claim victory...
Kevin Wagner September 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM
What freedom was being denied?
Scott Harmon September 20, 2012 at 01:38 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chick-fil-a-chicago-0919-20120919,0,3725045.story?dssReturn Just another viewpoint on what happened in Chicago. A letter of respect is not a letter of support. "Although we are encouraged by their internal statement, we would still like for the company to adopt an anti-discrimination policy at the corporate level," said Rick Garcia, TCRA policy advisor. "It is one thing for a company to say they respect everyone they serve and employ, it is quite another for them to put that into their policies and demand that all employees adhere to that behavior. It takes time to change the culture of any institution and steps like a corporate policy ensure that progress is made." The TCRA continues to demand more from a private company to promote/support their agenda. CFA may not fund groups that are defending the traditional marriage direclty, but I can guarantee you the funding will continue by CFA employees including, but not limited to Dan Cathy. Keep in mind, gay people work at and eat at Chick-Fil-A, while blanket statements are made that doing such activty is an act of hate.
Eric Roberts September 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Exodus International and Family Research Council. When you are advocating discrimination, then yes...you are a advocating hate. Hate masked with religion is still hate.

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