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Chick-fil-A gives Free Food to Motorists Stranded in Southern Snowstorm

chickBy Todd Starnes
Todd’s American Dispatch
Published January 29, 2014

A snowstorm in the South is about as rare as a glass of unsweetened tea at a church supper. Folks around Birmingham, Ala. weren’t all that worried though. The storm was only supposed to dust the city – not even enough powder for a Southern snowman.

So when the first snowflakes began to fall, no one paid all that much attention. But then, the flakes kept falling. Before too long folks in places like Hoover and Inverness realized it was much more than a dusting. By that point, it was too late for anyone to do anything.

Icy interstates and highways soon became clogged with cars and trucks. Thousands of motorists soon found themselves stranded with nowhere to go – including many stuck on Highway 280.

Chick-fil-A had a captive crowd of hungry customers. So why did they give away their food?

But a good number of those stranded motorists were able to find shelter in the storm thanks to the kindness and generosity of Chick-fil-A restaurant employees and the restaurant’s owner, Mark Meadows.

Once the snow started accumulating, Meadows closed the restaurant and sent his staff home. But a few hours later, many of them returned – unable to get to their homes.

“Our store is about a mile and a half from the interstate and it took me two hours to get there,” manager Audrey Pitt told me. “It was a parking lot as far as I could see.”

So Audrey left her car on the side of the interstate and joined a flock of bundled up drivers trudging through the snow.

“At one point there were more people walking than driving,” she said.

Some of the drivers had been stuck in their cars for nearly seven hours without any food or water. So the staff of the Chick-fil-A decided to lend a helping hand.

“We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to – as long as we had food to give out.”

The staffers braved the falling snow and ice, slipping and sliding, as they offered hot juicy chicken breasts tucked between two buttered buns. And Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches.

The meal was a gift – no strings attached.

For the frozen drivers, it was manna from heaven.

“They were very excited and extremely thankful,” she said. “People were thankful to get something to put in their stomachs.”

Audrey said they were especially surprised that the sandwiches were free. Why not make some extra money during the storm? It’s not like anyone could go to another restaurant. Chick-fil-A had a captive crowd of hungry customers. So why did they give away their food?

“This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you’re worried about money or profit,” Audrey told me. “We were just trying to follow the model that we’ve all worked under for so long and the model that we’ve come to love. There was really nothing else we could have done but try to help people any way we could.”

Lauren Dango was one of those stranded motorists. She’s known Meadows for years and she was stunned when she saw him walking from car to car with Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

“I looked up and I’m like, what is he doing,” Dango told me. “He had a catering order and it got canceled, so he pulled over and started giving away food.”

And if that wasn’t enough, Meadows helped a driver maneuver along the icy road by pushing a car up an incline.

Dango was so touched by Meadows’ kindness, she sent a letter to Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters.
“Kudos to Mark Meadows for not only preaching the “second mile” concept, but actually living by it,” she wrote.

It’s no secret that Chick-fil-A was founded by a Christian family. And it’s no secret that they run their business on biblical values. What happened in Birmingham is an example of how those biblical values are played out.

“We just wanted to be able to help,” Audrey said. “Yesterday was such a hopeless situation. We wanted to do something to make people feel a little bit better. We were here. We had food and there were people outside who needed food. So it just made sense to do something for them.”

But Chick-fil-A’s generosity didn’t stop there.

“We opened up our dining room to anyone who wanted to sleep on a bench or a booth,” Audrey told me.
And this morning, the weary staff members fired up their ovens and began preparing chicken biscuits. The only thing that is closed – is Chick-fil-A’s cash register.

“We’re not open for business,” she said. ‘We’re just feeding people who are hungry.”

I’d say the Chick-fil-A team blessed a lot of people in Birmingham – but that’s not how Audrey sees it.
“It’s a blessing to us to be able to help people,” she said. “It really is.”

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,” Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew. “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

It was a Sunday school lesson illustrated on a snowy winter day along Highway 280 in Alabama with a chicken sandwich and a side of waffle fries.

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is “God Less America”.

My Notes!


I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes! I really appreciate it! I was sitting back reflecting on another year and a I started getting down on myself about the things that I had not accomplished or things I wanted in my life that I did not have yet. But that is what the devil wants but then I started to really think about everything that God has blessed me with and how far he has brought me and all I could do was smile. I have family and friends that love and support me. I am being blessed with so many opportunities there is no way I should be sad. I have to much to be happy about. Life is just beginning stay tuned! Thank you all so much!

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Macklemore: I Wouldn’t Have Been as Successful If I Were Black

Before he was basically the biggest rapper in the country, with back-to-back No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us“), and another Top 20 track (the treacly gay-equality anthem “Same Love”), rapper Ben “Macklemore” Haggerty wrote a song called “White Privilege.” (Sample lyrics: “Where’s my place in a music that’s been taken by my race / Culturally appropriated by the white face.”)

You see, Macklemore is the kind of rapper that those in the know would describe as a “white rapper,” and he has a lot more to say on the subject in Rolling Stone‘s recent cover story profile of him:

“If you’re going to be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability,” Haggerty says. “You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and acknowledging that, yes, I understand my privilege, I understand how it works for me in society, and how it works for me in 2013 with the success that The Heist has had.”

“We made a great album,” he continues, “but I do think we have benefited from being white and the media grabbing on to something. A song like ‘Thrift Shop’ was safe enough for the kids. It was like, ‘This is music that my mom likes and that I can like as a teenager,’ and even though I’m cussing my ass off in the song, the fact that I’m a white guy, parents feel safe. They let their six-year-olds listen to it. I mean it’s just…it’s different. And would that success have been the same if I would have been a black dude? I think the answer is no.”

I think first congratulations are due to Macklemore for self-congratulating so articulately.

Furthermore, to me this quote exposes the practical uselessness of so much of the privilege discourse you see on the Internet and very rarely elsewhere. If one checks his privilege, as he is often encouraged to do by seemingly concerned and arguably condescending individuals, while continuing to go about his business and do the things he would be doing anyway, doesn’t his behavior become flagrantly imperialistic? I mean, you can do all sorts of shitty things like robbing old people or rhyming “change us” with “change us,” and just because you are aware that it’s a shitty thing to do doesn’t make it less shitty. In fact, that awareness makes it shittier: “I’m taking advantage of the unfairness of the world, and what?” It seems like in this case, ignorance would make the shittiness more forgivable, if we are agreeing that it’s shitty for a white man to be rapping. I don’t know that it is, in principle, though if this specific white man quit rapping, I wouldn’t complain.

But shouldn’t a white man who has hip-hop in his heart and awareness in his brain (of his privilege and of injustice and of how white audiences will gravitate to him just cuz) stop rapping? Shouldn’t he convince his listeners that to balance out systematic power, they would be doing a much better thing for the world by turning him off and listening to Kendrick Lamar?

(Race matters aside, you would, by the way, be doing a better thing for the world and your brain if you listened to Kendrick Lamar instead of Macklemore.)

But maybe Macklemore is no model for putting big ideas into practice. Early on in Brian Hiatt’s piece, the writer notices that Macklemore is wearing Nikes, which would seem to contradict his anti-consumerist song “Wings” (“These Nikes help me define me / But I’m trying to take mine off”). In response, Macklemore says:

“Am I being a hypocrite? Absolutely. But that’s OK. I’m a fucking human being and I don’t need to be perfect. I can make a song like ‘Wings’ and wear Nikes.”

You can shrug everything off by saying, “I’m a fucking human being,” or you can actually be a fucking human being and use your fucking human being brain so that you become the change you say you wish for the world. I don’t know if the above quote signals more privilege or just laziness. Maybe sometimes they’re one and the same.

Day 7 Relationship Advice for Men

Surprise her! A few days ago, the man in my life had one of our mutual friends take me out shopping to help him pick out a gift for his girlfriend, while unbeknownst to me, my man snuck in the house and lit a fire in the fireplace and spread a blanket on the floor along with a basket of champagne, cheeses, crackers, deli meats, grapes, and whipped cream.

Little did I know, my kids were in on the surprise too, because my daughter had taken my son to the drive in that night, and we had four glorious hours alone in the house having a winter picnic in front of the fire. It was a wonderful surprise for me and a very romantic and intimate evening.

Find out what the woman in your life likes and surprise her with it, but be careful to plan it well. If she has children, you might want to make sure that childcare is taken care of and you also want to be sure she has no other plans that might spoil the surprise. Taking the time to cover all her ‘excuses’ so she can truly relax and spend an evening in your charms will really increase her intimacy and romance meter where you are concerned.

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