Chick-fil-A banned from Buffalo Niagara Int. airport for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Salvation Army donations

In a statement, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan ilmplied that Chick-fil-A does not comply with anti-discrimination laws. "In response to the news, the chicken sandwich company released a statement denouncing the 'inaccurate narrative' being advanced about them." - Christian Post

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Aaron Blumer's picture

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I keep wondering when Chick is going to fight back. The accusation that they don't comply with anti-discrimination laws is false and damaging, and pretty clearly intentional. Isn't that what libel and slander laws are for? It should go to court.

Bert Perry's picture

Aaron, I'm thinking that they're going to ride this one to ever higher profits.  Let's face facts; we fundagelicals love Chick-Fil-A in part because the left hates them, and cases like this are pure gold for them.  The lawsuits will come if and when the left starts to push them out of what they consider their core markets, and I wouldn't be surprised if they're doing legal work with stuff like this now that they might "spring" before the statutes of limitations expire if and when they perceive a threat to that core business.

Getting ever more publicity.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

dgszweda's picture

It seems that the left is adopting fundamentalism's view of secondary separation.  It is not about separating from Chik-fil-A the restaurant because the restaurant discriminates.  It is because it donates money to a group that some could argue could be discriminatory.

JBL's picture

The NYCLU has just issued an opinion that sides with Chick Fil A.  They probably could win both the San Antonio and Buffalo cases in court.  But they also have to calculate what net PR they will get from such action.  Chick-Fil-A is established enough where one or two location setbacks won't hurt them that much, and they will have to determine whether its worth it draw the fire for being the plaintiff in a first amendment challenge to the municipal rulings.

At the very least, the NYCLU opinion should provide deterrence to other municipalities thinking about pulling similar stunts.

John B. Lee

Joeb's picture

This is total discrimination and baloney. It’s pure outright religious discrimination.  Correct me if I’m wrong Bert Chick Filet has the highest profit per square footage of anyone in the Fast Food Business.  So where is ones argument if it is not religious discrimination.  

I hope they sue the pants off of the Airport and the State Of NY.  I’m all for upholding Christians rights to the greatest degree of the law. Make it very costly so no one does it again.  Pluck them like spring chickens.

Maybe I should buy a plucking machine and bring a sharp knife. We can all meet up at Bert’s house for some fresh killed and plucked barbecue chicken and cold craft beers or cokes with a little potato salad and other goodies.  We can show our support for Chick Filet Bert do you have an inground swimming pool.  I’ll bring my swim suit

Bert is providing desert you guys   I hear Bert likes super hot barbeque   I’ll bring some flaming hot sauce for you Bert   

 

Aaron Blumer's picture

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@Bert & John... Yeah, there are trade-offs involved in fighting. 

Maybe Bert is right... when I hear of these cases I find myself wondering if I could make a Chik-fil-A franchise work here in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

(Alas, the nearest one is just shy of an hour away. I've eaten there a couple of times, and I have to say the service and the food -- for fast food -- were both amazing.)

Bert Perry's picture

Joe, we've got a Chick-Fil-A right here in Rochester if you want to do a get together.  On the other hand, if we really wanted spicy food, my daughters in college are good friends with young ladies from Korea, India, Nepal, Mexico, and other places where they know emphatically that catsup and mayo are not spices.  They come to visit from time to time and often thank us by taking over our kitchen for a meal or two.  Talk about suffering for Christ, no?

(no need to bring your own knives--no need to make the TSA nervous, and you can almost shave with mine)

Regarding John Lee's comment, perhaps I am too cynical, but my thought is that a lot of cities won't pay attention to legal opinions until a few cities have lost lawsuits, or at the very least until their voters let them know in no uncertain terms that they are not pleased with elected leaders' bigotry and that they will be remembering come election time.   Sometimes politicians are another breed, to put it mildly. 

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Joeb's picture

A young family man in my church named Sam operates a Chick Filet.  I think he has other family members that have them. 

We even had one our house church meetings on a Sunday there with Food to boot after church.  They are tops in profit in the Market and are only open 6 days a week. Not a bad deal  

 I don’t think it takes a lot of money to get into one like a McDonalds.  You have to have half a million in cash to get into a McDonalds. I believe all Chick Franchises are owned by Christians and they usually favor a family man. Very interesting business concept. Usually you have to get in on the ground floor of a business like that to be able to get in without a lot of money.  Unfortunately I’m broke and to old.  

It looks  like one of the better restaurant businesses to get into.  Most of the Dinners in the Northeast are run by Greeks.  Now their open 24/7 and you can make good money but when you divide the hours you put into a business like that the hourly wage is a lot lower than you think.  Those guys probably do 100 hours a week so what kind of life do you have.  You are married to the business and they will work 30 years like that before they retire. It’s usually a family affair.  

Larry Nelson's picture

...and I'm privy to his location's stats for their last fiscal year:

$3,200,000 in revenue (from 6 days per week)

9% gross profit margin

So that's about $288,000 in profit (before taxes).

GregH's picture

Larry Nelson wrote:

...and I'm privy to his location's stats for their last fiscal year:

$3,200,000 in revenue (from 6 days per week)

9% gross profit margin

So that's about $288,000 in profit (before taxes).

I think your numbers are dead on based on what I know. It would not appeal to me because it is essentially just a fairly high paying job. There is little room to grow because Chick-fil-a does not like operators to have more than one store and it is also not a business that you can do passively because Chick-fil-a seems adamant that they want the operators working in the store a lot. On those two points, it does not provide key benefits of owning a business. To me, working in a restaurant several hours a day, six days a week is not attractive even if the pay is good.

But on the flip side, there is little investment required and a very high chance of success.