We all have that one thing or person we grew up with that you can say “I knew them when….” about. For some it’s the nerdy kid who just sold his start-up for a billion dollars. For others it’s the little band you saw in a friend’s garage that is now selling out Madison Square Garden. For me, it’s a chicken sandwich. Not just any chicken sandwich but the original fried chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A. I took it for granted when I was a kid. It was simply the place my mom would take me after school so she could selfishly get her carrot salad with raisins fix. I would order the fried chicken sandwich (with four pickle chips not just the standard two, thank you very much!) and waffle fries. When it was time to take a break from shopping and playing video games at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Georgia, the only proper choice for lunch was Chick-fil-A. As long as it wasn’t Sunday (every Chick-fil-A is famously closed on Sundays) we were good to go. It wasn’t until I left the South, that I realized how much I missed that logo and the foam cups filled with freshly squeezed lemonade. You mean everyone didn’t grow up eating Chick-fil-A?
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Fast forward 30-something years and there I was shaving at 6:30 a.m. in the bathroom of the very first Chick-fil-A (called The Dwarf House) in Hapeville, Georgia, just south of Atlanta and next to the airport. Yet again, I was about to work 24 hours straight. The Dwarf House isn’t like most Chick-fil-A. As you’ll see when you watch the video, it’s more like an old-fashioned diner with eggs and burgers and waffles. Did I find the secret ingredients in the chicken sandwich? Did I actually hallucinate at four in the morning while working the drive-through? Well, you’ll just have to watch.
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And one more thing, I know that considering recent controversies surrounding Chick-fil-A that some folks out there will find it upsetting, deplorable, and downright stupid that I chose to work at Chick-fil-A. I’m not hear to defend or judge Chick-fil-A or convince you why you should or shouldn’t eat there. I couldn’t disagree more with what that person said, let me make that clear. I thought long and hard about whether to do the video, but I’m glad I did it. I met proud and amazing people from all walks of life who work for Chick-fil-A. Those are the people I support by eating a chicken sandwich.