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Chick-fil-A All-Nighters Set Up Camp in Restaurant Parking Lot

Activities and free food make the 24-hour wait fun for dozens camped out at Route 34 location.

The first 100 people who lined up outside the Oswego Chick-fil-A Wednesday morning were guaranteed free chicken for a year if they stay on site until 6 a.m. Thursday morning, and that's just what they did. 

The parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at 2740 Route 34 was full of pitched tents, tables and chairs as people from all over the country set-up camp for the promise of free chicken.

Murray Barrett from New Braunfels, Texas, was there with his son.

“We’re heading up to a wedding in Wisconsin on Saturday,” said Barrett. “We planned a stop here into our trip,” making it the sixth Chick-fil-A “First 100."

Ron Hubbard from Montgomery said it is his second, and that he appreciates the fact that the chain closes on Sundays for a day of worship. 

“Anytime you can help spread Jesus and God’s message through a Christian group like this… it’s great,” he said. 

The Chick-fil-A staff kept the campers entertained with various activities and a band later in the evening. Some opted to take naps in their tents, set up a bags game or pull out a deck of cards to pass the time. Free drinks and food were supplied to everyone who attended.

While playing bags with a group of friends, Oswego resident Rich Fitzgerald said it was his 14th Chick-fil-A overnighter.

When asked what he did with all of the free chicken – a year’s supply is coupons for 52 free meals – Fitzgerald chuckled and said he ate a lot of chicken. He also, along with many there, gave away coupons to friends or family members or even passing strangers .

“These are just so much fun,” he said, gesturing to the assortment of people in the parking lot. “I always see people here that I’ve met before. These are like big reunions.”

Fitzgerald was very eager to have a restaurant open in his hometown. He said that before the Fox Valley location had opened, he would plan his vacations to try and stop in at a Chick-fil-A along the route to get his chicken fix.

“It’s great that they’re here,” he said. “A great addition to Oswego.”

Eric Roberts September 19, 2012 at 09:58 PM
If it was just Dan Cathy donating, there there wouldn't have been as much of an issue...the problem was that he was doing this in the company's name and made it part of the restaurant rather than something personal. Good to see that you don't care that they support hate Kevin. When one person doesn't have their freedom, none of us do. I served in the Army to protect everyone's freedom. Dan Cathy and his company were representing and donating organizations who's mission is to deny people's freedom. Not very American.
John Spasojevich September 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM
OMG ! Can we PLEASE PLEASE not start this one up again. Come on..those of you for CFA can eat there, those of you against CFA can claim victory...
Kevin Wagner September 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM
What freedom was being denied?
Scott Harmon September 20, 2012 at 01:38 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chick-fil-a-chicago-0919-20120919,0,3725045.story?dssReturn Just another viewpoint on what happened in Chicago. A letter of respect is not a letter of support. "Although we are encouraged by their internal statement, we would still like for the company to adopt an anti-discrimination policy at the corporate level," said Rick Garcia, TCRA policy advisor. "It is one thing for a company to say they respect everyone they serve and employ, it is quite another for them to put that into their policies and demand that all employees adhere to that behavior. It takes time to change the culture of any institution and steps like a corporate policy ensure that progress is made." The TCRA continues to demand more from a private company to promote/support their agenda. CFA may not fund groups that are defending the traditional marriage direclty, but I can guarantee you the funding will continue by CFA employees including, but not limited to Dan Cathy. Keep in mind, gay people work at and eat at Chick-Fil-A, while blanket statements are made that doing such activty is an act of hate.
Eric Roberts September 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Exodus International and Family Research Council. When you are advocating discrimination, then yes...you are a advocating hate. Hate masked with religion is still hate.

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