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Chick-Fil-A Devotees to Start Camping Out Overnight

by ARLnow.com November 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm 2,539 17 Comments

Chick-fil-A expects that some people may start camping out overnight for the “First 100” giveaway at the company’s new Crystal City location.

The company is giving a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals to the first 100 adults in line at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, when the restaurant officially opens.

Chick-fil-A staffers will start monitoring the line — which will be forming in the park across the street from the store’s 2200 Crystal Drive location — at 6:00 tomorrow morning. If more than 100 people are camped out at that time, a raffle will be held to determine who is eligible to stay.

Chick-fil-A runs the “First 100” giveaway to build buzz in advance of each restaurant opening.

In another marketing move, the store distributed free chicken sandwiches to Crystal City lunch-goers over the past two days.

  • RosslynHeightsformerResident

    We need to get every single homeless person in Courthouse over there ASAP! Come on people, one night on the street there for a year of food. CLOSE THE HOMELESS SHELTER AND HIRE A BUS!!!

  • George McC

    Oh, sure, typical response: “Bus the homeless to South Arlington.”

  • Carol F

    Would a fresh, healthy food restaurant generate the same buzz and overnight campers? And we wonder why we Americans are obese…

  • Curioser and Curioser

    If they gave away free food for a year, they might. Regardless, Chick-fil-A has plenty of healthy options, if the customer so desires- and lots of “fresh food” restaurants have unhealthy options.

    Don’t blame the business– blame the customer making the choices. I ate at Founding Farmers last week, great food-fresh, organic, the works, but the fact remains, I ate a steak and had conrbread on the side. Not their choice, but mine. Lack of self-responsibility is a major problem in the world today.

    • VegMonger

      Yeah, Curioser you’re right in that consumers drive the demand for fast food like Chick fil A. But you can’t honestly say that everyone who makes the decision to eat there is completely informed about what is in their food, or about where their food is coming from, or have the opportunity to choose elsewhere. People are bombarded with advertisements everyday about food – 95% of ads on tv are for food with poor nutritional value. The average person is not a nutritional scientist and probably can’t tell you what elements of the food they’re eating are healthy, so they trust the propaganda fed to them on tv, or directly from the source like on Chick fil A’s website boasting about it’s “healthy” options, which pardon me if I’m wrong, but I didn’t realize that sausage, bacon and hashbrowns were part of a balanced breakfast. Not to mention not everyone can afford to eat at great establishments like Founding Farmers, so they are left with establishments like Chick fil A and all other fast food joints. So I wouldn’t put the blame on consumers completely. We all make choices, but whether they are informed or not is another story.

    • SamsontheCat

      Is the free food transferable? I wouldn’t want to have free food for a year just for myself and expect that I’d either not eat there enough to justify it or get tired of it fast. If I could walk down Crystal Drive on an afternoon and go, “Hey man! You look like you could use some waffle fries. Come with me.” It would make it worth it. And the people would cheer, “It’s the free Chick-Fil-A guy! Buy me a sandwich!” So worth it.

  • Sarah

    How about free sandwiches given out after work for people who live in Crystal City? Not everyone in Crystal City just works there during the day … time to share, Chick-fil-A!

    • MikeyinCrystalC

      I live and work in CC and still missed it! 🙁

  • YTK

    It’s simple– the FIRST 100 get to stay– why turn THEM away?????

  • Burger

    You misspelled chickfila losers.

  • Jason S

    It seems like a lot of work for a chicken sandwich.

  • DT

    Camping out overnight for a year’s worth of fast food? The terrorists have won.

    • Thirsty

      There were terrorists camping out for Chick-fil-A?

      • SamsontheCat

        If this is just a CIA front to catch terrorists and there isn’t really a Chick-Fil-A I’ll be mad. It’ll be the Arbys/Gitmo sting of 2002 all over again for me. I didn’t even get any curly fries that time.

  • Jane

    How much can you eat in a year without being sick of it? I bet most people will use it a lot at first and then stop, its good advertising. They need to open on Sunday.

  • Mark

    It’s one sandwich a week for a year.

    • You get 52 coupons for a full meal, according to the company. In the interest of brevity we didn’t explain the full raffle rule like we did in yesterday’s post.

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