Birmingham Chick-fil-A owner's generosity earns national spotlight - again

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    The owner of a local Chick-fil-A restaurant is once again garnering national attention for his actions.
    When Wednesday's frigid temperatures sent what appeared to be a homeless man scurrying for warmth inside the Chick-fil-A at 4620 Highway 280, owner/operator Mark Meadows stepped up to the plate--much like he did during the 2014 "snowpocalypse."

    Andrea Stoker, who was enjoying a meal with her son at the restaurant about 3 p.m. Wednesday, shared what she witnessed through a Facebook post on the Chick-fil-A corporate page. At the time of this writing, Stoker's account of what transpired has garnered nearly 100,000 Facebook "likes." Chick-fil-A has since shared the image and message as well.

    "My son and I were at the location on Highway 280 in Birmingham, AL," wrote Stoker, "when a man came in to escape the 35 degree temps and strong winds with all of his earthly possessions strapped to his back."

    Rather than ask him to leave, Stoker went on, Meadows walked up to the man and had a conversation.

    In an interview with AL.com today, Meadows shared what occurred next.

    "Sometimes," said Meadows, "we have individuals walk in the store that it's obvious need some help. Yesterday at around 3:30 p.m. a gentleman walked in--I don't know if he is homeless or not--but he walked up to me and asked if there was anything he could do to earn a little food."

    Meadows said he answered with a question of his own.

    "I asked him if he had a pair of gloves," said Meadows, "because he kept rubbing his hands together."

    According to Stoker's account, Meadows not only arranged to feed the man, but also provided him with a little bit of extra comfort.

    "Most businesses would force him out," wrote Stoker, "but I watched as the manager walked up to him and asked if he could do anything for him. Before the man could even answer, the manager asked if he had a pair of gloves and walked to the table at which he'd been sitting and picked up his own. As he handed the man his gloves, he asked another employee to get him something to eat."

    Meadows is the same owner/operator who in January of last year helped distribute hundreds of chicken sandwiches and thousands of chicken biscuits to stranded Highway 280 motorists when a freak snow and ice storm paralyzed much of Birmingham.

    Here are just a few of the comments left by Facebook users in response to Stoker's story:

    Lanny Carruthers: Truett Cathy would be proud of this manager/owner.
    Robin Cook: I know the man and his family.....they are awesome Godly family. Mark is a perfect example of the hands and feet of Christ.
    Luke Meadows: So proud to call him my Dad! He has been such a great example of a Christ-loving leader!
    Karen Chandler: Mr. Meadows has been there for years. I had complications from a surgery many years ago, and as a result, I had to go to Birmingham every day for 2 months for treatment. My mother and a friend took turns taking me. We stopped there OFTEN to eat. If it was raining, Mr.Meadows would come to the car with an umbrella to help us in, and escort us back out so that we wouldn't get wet. I will never forget his acts of kindness. He is a wonderful man.

    Asked what drove him to help and reach out to others, Meadows brushed away the heroics of his actions.

    "I just did the right thing," he said. "I'm simply awe struck about all this attention."

    Meadows said he lives his life and runs his business guided not only by his Christian faith, but by the lessons he has learned from running a Chick-fil-A business for more than 25 years.

    "Our corporate purpose explains it all. Our purpose," said Meadows reciting from memory, "is 'to Glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."

    If Facebook "likes" count for anything, there are nearly 100,000 out there who believe Meadows is doing just fine fulfilling that duty.

     
  2. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Nonsense, they're all hateful angry bigots. I read it somewhere.
     
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    Good stuff...:up:
     
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    I love their Chicken Biscuits. And Bless them if they wanna close on Sundays. I'm down with that! :cool:
     
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    This. And stuff.
     
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    We need Rachel Maddow's take on this
     
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    Enjoy ya bird my brother.
     
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    It's what we Christians do.......And hate us some gays..............:p
     
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    Then he found out the man was gay and threw him out.
     
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    Whenever I go south, I try to eat dinner at Chick-fil-a as often as possible. They don't have a presence here.
     
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    Publicity stunt.....obviously.
     
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    chcik fil a is one of the best companies to work for. i regret not working for them in high school when i had a chance.

    all other fast food companies could learn a lot from their business model.
     
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    i dont think this was a good business move.

    yea do it, but dont publicize it.