Chick-fil-A sales up 7.5 percent
Despite the recent controversy in which Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy made a statement against same-sex marriage, Chick-fil-A sales in Susquehanna dining hall have increased by 7.5 percent.
Chick-fil-A has seen a significant increase in sales between Sept. 4 and Sept. 14, according to Joe Oster, assistant vice president of auxiliary services.
Sophomore elementary education major Alexa Sainz said she continued to eat at the restaurant despite the recent controversy.
“Although I don’t agree with the owner’s beliefs, I’m not going to boycott Chick-fil-A because I don’t agree with what the owner believes,” Sainz said.
Sainz said she is surprised that Chick-fil-A wasn’t affected by the controversy, though.
“[People still go there] probably because they want to make a statement that you shouldn’t have to boycott a restaurant because you don’t agree with someone else’s beliefs,” she said.
Some students feel that people should not choose where they eat because of the owner’s views on issues.
“I actually haven’t been to Chick-fil-A since the gay marriage scandal, but not for that reason,” sophomore mass communication major Kevin McNamara said. “I believe that every person has a right to have their own opinions, even though I disagree with the president of the food chain’s stance on same-sex marriage. All in all I think it’s pointless to choose a place to eat based on the views held by those who run the company.”
Sophomore deaf studies major Robyn Weintraub agreed with McNamara, and said although she doesn’t eat fast food, she supports Cathy’s rights to share his views.
“If I did eat fast food, I would consider eating at Chick-fil-A or any other fast food place,” Weintraub said. “I would not discriminate against the business itself due to people’s personal opinions.”
Weintraub said that boycotting Chick-fil-A would not have fixed the issue on its own.
“I think the act of boycotting is an initial reaction of our society in how people choose to express their sincere feelings to our population,” she said. “I think there is more to just boycotting the viewpoint that the owner [holds] about gay marriage.”
Oster said he believes that the increase in sales reflects Towson’s dining hall’s quality, not the controversy.
“The Glen is still doing really well at lunch, and Newell is still doing well at lunch,” he said. “Susq and Ptux are still even up. I think we have such a good dining program on campus and students are participating.”
People won’t give up Chick-fil-A so fast, Oster said.
“People happen to like Chick-fil-A a whole lot,” he said. “So boycotting is not something people are going to do. Self-interest always takes interest over politics. People want to make themselves happy.”
The company recently agreed to cease the donations and support to the anti-gay organizations, the Huffington Post reported.
In addition, the company issued a mandate that calls for the equal treatment of employees and customers.