You can tell by driving by Chick-fil-A today that something was up.
The parking lot is filled with tents.
Come to find out people are camped out to get free food.
Chick-fil-A has a tradition of giving the first 100 adult customers (ID required) 52 meal coupons.
As I entered the area, a man asked for my help in retrieving a blue ball that had been thrown off the property.
He said that if he or his son left the designated area, they would be disqualified from receiving the food coupons.
I asked him where he was from.
The answer was Glen Ellyn.
Why was he there?
To help feed his family, he candidly admitted.
He told me he had ten children and he and two over the age of 10 had made the cut to be among the first 100 in line.
And, there was a bonus.
Chick-fil-A feeds the 100 in line (plus 10 alternates) from the time they arrive until Thursday morning right after 6 AM when the coupons are given out.
When they are fed, they walk through the drive-in lane.
People apparently come from far and wide to participate in the camp out.
Then I walked into the restaurant and got the photo you see of personnel training cashiers for tomorrow’s rush.
I found Huntley Don Bond, who had been attracted by the article in the Northwest Herald.
There were lots of Chick-fil-A employees to launch the enterprise.
I got another chance to talk to the entrepreneur heading up the local operation, Ben Moore of Sycamore.
And, with all the talk about discrimination, I had to smile when I saw that the company, owned by Christians, was using S. Rosen to supply its rolls.