Same-Sex 'Kiss-In' a Bust at Chick-fil-A

UPDATE: In contrast with Wednesday's pro-Chick-fil-A turnout, Friday's protest was mostly a flop in Orange County.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Wednesday's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day would become part of the company's new "Hater Wednesdays" marketing campaign. There is no such marketing campaign. The idea was part of a comedy opinion piece.

Two days after the fast-food chain's busiest day ever, Chick-fil-A braced for another orchestrated event Friday, a “kiss-in” protest that encouraged same-sex couples to take a photo or video of themselves locking lips in one of the company's restaurants.

However, National Same-Sex Kiss Day was mostly a flop in Southern California. In Aliso Viejo, there were no reported smoochers, although business was somewhat slow during the dinner hour Friday. The only problem was reported in Torrance, where Thursday night.

Mike Ricks, operator of the Chick-fil-A in Aliso Viejo, said he would have been shocked if anything like that happened in his town.

“I think here in Aliso it could be a little different,” he said. “I know in Hollywood they were having a protest this morning. I saw it on the news, but there’s nothing I know of here that’s that crazy.”

No smoochers turned out at the Foothill Ranch Chick-fil-A either. For owner Jeremy Simpson, the day's challenge was dealing with the continued shortage of foodstuffs at his restaurant, a result of Wednesday's massive turnout.

Huge crowds turned out Wednesday at Chick-fil-A locations across the nation to show support for company President Dan Cathy's controversial statement opposing gay marriage. The day was organized by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Ricks said Chick-fil-A sales on the East Coast were up 300 percent on Wednesday, and his own sales were 200 percent higher than normal.

“People definitely have been pouring out and coming to Chick-fil-A to support us in the community as well as the restaurants,” he said. “There was a line going all the way down the sidewalk for our dinner rush.”

This story has been updated.

Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Shakespeare will do that to them every time, met. :) At least that's what my wife tells me. Kathi, I am so far left the homosexual activists look like Mitt Romney. I actually think Ronald Reagan was the worst thing that happen to the U.S. Constitution since, well, Richard Nixon. YOU can leave us now. met, the voices in my head have told me what to do for a very long time now. Big wet kiss for you, dude. Pretend we're in a fast, greasy chicken place parking lot. Okay? Blind Faith was a great rock band because Stevie Winwood did most of the vocals, and with Clapton on guitar..."I have finally found a way to live just like I could never before, and I know I don't have much to give, but soon I'll open any door, Everybody knows the secret, everybody knows the score, I have finally found a place to live, in the presence of the Lord." Of course Eric and Stevie were stoned out of their minds on heroin...but there it is...
Dan Avery August 10, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Of course, Kathi, you can just admit, like I have, that you are a bigot. Me? I hate Shriners. No real reason. Just think they deserve it. I also hate narrow minded homophobes that hide behind Jesus. See, Jesus, He never said anything about homosexuals. The Bible does sure. But Jesus, well he had dinners with those 12 guys and you tell me what was going on there. Guys in their 30's and the only woman is a hooker they are "friends" with? Please...
bbq August 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Kathi, Never mind these old geezer bullies. They spend their days and nights on the Patch putting other people down for their beliefs. Obviously, they have nothing better going on in their lives. Pathetic. Atheists. Personally, I am agnostic, but you have the right to believe whatever you want and to state your opinion. I support you in that.
met00 August 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Yep, I'm an old geezer, but I don't care about Kathi or your or anyone's "personal faith". That's because it is personal and private. On the other hand, if someone is going to claim they have the inside track to the ultimate Truth, you better believe I'm going to make sport of that asinine idea. Atheist? No, I can't answer for any one else. My "personal faith" is just that... "personal". And yes, Kathi has every right to believe whatever she wants.She wants to believe in Xenu and be a Scientologist, that is her right. She wants to believe the some people wandering around the desert some 2000 years ago figured it all out, again, that is her right. But when she presents her belief as "fact" and then wants to have legislation that affects me or others based on her selected mythology, that's when she has stepped over the line. So, I'll support you in supporting her choice of personal faith and mythology, but I won't support her in attempting to have it legislated onto anyone else.
Matt August 18, 2012 at 04:06 AM
A marriage is always created by 2 people. God is optional.


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