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Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day draws huge crowds in Rockwall

ROCKWALL – Did all 38,000 Rockwall citizens eat at Chick-fil-A for breakfast and lunch today to show their support for traditional marriage and the right to free speech without retaliation? It sure seemed like it!

Located at 2835 Ridge Rd. in Rockwall, the Chick-fil-A franchise owned by Tim and Melissa Moseley drew huge crowds for breakfast and lunch.

There was standing-room-only inside the restaurant at 10:30 am, with a long line of about 30 people outside waiting to get it in holding umbrellas at 12:30 pm.

About 40 cars were in line waiting for drive-through service, stretching all the way around to Lakeside Bank and behind Chick-fil-A. About 50 more cars were parked in the Target parking lot of people walking to and from the restaurant.

Moseley said business was much better than usual this morning, and extra staff had been called in to serve customers throughout the day. He said he and his family decided to return early from vacation when they heard about the event.

“We appreciate all of our customers from the Rockwall area so very much,” he said. “Business is normally very good every day. It is even better, so far today. We try to serve all of our customers with respect and courtesy. We were a little surprised when we first heard about all of this and decided to return early from vacation.”

Rockwall residents Cristy Ayala Feimster and Eleni Kaperonis Krodel said they were eating at Chick-fil-A today to show their support for traditional marriage, Christian values and the right to free speech.

“We eat there several times a week. We support their Christian values and their delicious chicken nuggets,” said Feimster, an art teacher and the married mother of one little boy.

“It is refreshing to walk into a fast food establishment and be welcomed by people with warm smiles and personable dispositions. As a family we are able to relax and enjoy our meals. The restaurant is clean and so is the music played over the PA. Christian or not, who wouldn’t appreciate that kind of business? Chick-fil-A is a class act in my opinion!”

Kaperonis is married and works as a recruiter. She said she believes in traditional marriage and believes we should stand up for our values.

The event is being held at the suggestion of talk show host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to support the owners of the popular fast-food chicken chain after they were criticized and attacked last week by gay marriage supporters.

CEO Dan Cathay had told a reporter that Chick-fil-A is a Christian business that treats everyone with respect but supports traditional marriage. After that statement was reported, the Mayors of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other elected officials nationwide said the restaurant is not welcome in their cities.

“I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld,” wrote Huckabee, on his event Facebook page.
“The Cathy family, led by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story. Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick Fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with
over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO.It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.”
There are rumors that a “Kiss-In” will be held this Friday at Chick-fil-A locations around the country by gay, lesbian and transgender supporters, to protest the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. No word yet if Rockwall is being targeted.
By J.J. Smith

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