Millington Police Officer Robert Redditt and his colleagues were called out to 8492 Highway 51 to control traffic.
The Millington Fire Department was also on the scene making sure the capacity levels at the Millington Chick-Fil-A were under control. The reason for all commotion at the fast food restaurant was the Appreciation Day in honor of the eatery’s stance for Christian faith.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spearheaded the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” for last Wednesday in response to the backlash against the company owner Dan Cathy after a comment he made.
Cathy told the Biblical Recorder newspaper last month, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.”
Supporters of same-sex marriage took the comment as a stance against their cause and planned to boycott the restaurant. Huckabee and others rallied with the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.
Around 11:30 a.m., the Appreciation Day geared up in Millington causing members of the Millington Police Department to control traffic along Highway 51 North. There was a steady line of cars in the drive thru wrapping around Lowe’s and Chili’s. Two lines were formed by walk-in patrons around the building.
“I just want to show Chick Fil A support for all that it’s done, for the good service,” area resident JD White said. “Jesus has done a lot for me and He has done important stuff in my life.”
College student and Millington Central High School graduate Thomas Shook said he was in line for several reasons. He eats at the restaurant multiple days during the week.
Shook said in addition to that reason, he was in line to support Chick Fil A stance on faith and free speech.
“I’m excited to eat some good food,” he said. “I love the food. I love Chick Fil A. I agree with what’s going on. I believe the owner has a right to say what he wants. It’s nothing that other people don’t do. It’s only a big deal because the owner of a big company said something. It’s nothing out of the ordinary.
“I’m up her for free speech as well,” Shook added. “You should be able to say whatever you want in society and not be criticized.”
Shook noted the company has always exercise faith base practices like being closed on Sundays even during the 1996 Olympics and Super Bowls held in Atlanta, home of Chick Fil A.
“I think it’s a good idea to come out here and show support for Chick Fil A, free speech and religion,” Shook concluded. “There seems like there are a lot of people here in Millington supporting that here today. I think it’s a good cause.”