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2014-07-17 12:00:02 AM  
How Chick-fil-A Totally Crushed KFC, Popeyes

Same way Fox News totally crushes MSNBC and CNN: by appealing to bigotsan oppressed, underrepresented minority looking for a friendly brand to give their loyalty and business to.
 
2014-07-17 12:01:08 AM  
Why are they so successful?

Basically--they do one thing (the chicken sandwich) and they do it better than anyone else.   And you'd be hard-pressed to find a cleaner, friendlier fast food joint.
 
2014-07-17 12:04:25 AM  
I'll be to be sure the pick up some of their fine product next Sunday evening. What? Oh well, fark 'em then.
 
2014-07-17 12:15:42 AM  
Their chicken tastes great but I can't get over the reek of their politics.
 
2014-07-17 12:19:23 AM  
I don't get why all the love from Wall St. Chick-fil-A is privately held, at least for now. Honestly, I can't see the Cathy family going public.
 
2014-07-17 12:40:20 AM  
I don't give a shiat about their politics, they make a good chicken sandwich and waffle fries. And great shakes. It's retarded that they're closed on Sunday. Sunday isn't even the Sabbath in the Bible but whatever. There's nothing I'd eat at McDonald's.
 
2014-07-17 12:41:53 AM  
Bigots make good chicken. What can you do?

Nobody's lining up for "Skinless Unseasoned California Chicken" or SUCC™
 
2014-07-17 12:44:53 AM  
Their waffle fries should be called awful fries AMIRITE?!

/seriously, I don't like 'em
 
2014-07-17 12:59:30 AM  
I wish their political views weren't so awful because I really miss their tasty chicken.
 
2014-07-17 01:01:59 AM  
What I can't figure out is how they're still in business. I mean, from what I see on tv and read on fark most of America is deeply pro-gay marriage and it's only a few barbaric rednecks who are opposed to it
 
2014-07-17 01:43:46 AM  
Still no Chick Fil A anywhere near San Francisco.
 
2014-07-17 01:47:20 AM  

nickdaisy: What I can't figure out is how they're still in business. I mean, from what I see on tv and read on fark most of America is deeply pro-gay marriage and it's only a few barbaric rednecks who are opposed to it


Because gay marriage just does not affect anyone's lives except the 5%(?) of gays who actually want to get married, and the crazies that have a problem with that for whatever reason.
 
2014-07-17 01:55:24 AM  

Kevin72: Still no Chick Fil A anywhere near San Francisco.


I think they opened one in Walnut Creek. I hate chicken so I don't pay much attention to chicken restaurants.
 
2014-07-17 03:27:23 AM  

BravadoGT: Why are they so successful?

Basically--they do one thing (the chicken sandwich) and they do it better than anyone else.   And you'd be hard-pressed to find a cleaner, friendlier fast food joint.


They're the In n Out of chicken. Right down to the religious attitude.
 
2014-07-17 04:14:43 AM  
Used to like them, because they really DO make a better chicken sandwich than anyone else.

Haven't been able to eat there since I found out that they take my money, and use it to actively and enthusiastically oppress gay people.

Screw Chick-Fil-A.
 
2014-07-17 04:20:56 AM  

HawgWild: Their waffle fries should be called awful fries AMIRITE?!

/seriously, I don't like 'em


No kidding. Fries are supposed to hold salt, not repel it.

Mugato: There's nothing I'd eat at McDonald's.


Blasphemy! The Egg McMuffin is the holiest of breakfast foods.
 
2014-07-17 05:33:34 AM  
The Chick-Fil-A in Hollywood is always packed.  The one near UCLA not so much.  I don't get the big deal; it a grilled chicken breast and pickles.  It's all right to drop into to get a quick sandwich when you need to fill your stomach expediently with something that doesn't taste like crap, but it's nothing special.  Don't care what the CEO does with his money.
 
2014-07-17 05:39:30 AM  

aerojockey: The Chick-Fil-A in Hollywood is always packed.  The one near UCLA not so much.  I don't get the big deal; it a grilled chicken breast and pickles.  It's all right to drop into to get a quick sandwich when you need to fill your stomach expediently with something that doesn't taste like crap, but it's nothing special.  Don't care what the CEO does with his money.


I can get almost the exact same chicken sandwich at the local grocery store for a buck ninety nine (when they're in stock, they go fast).  And I can get fries with actual seasoning on them.
 
2014-07-17 06:24:38 AM  
drink
 
2014-07-17 06:32:19 AM  

thisdaydreamer: Their chicken tastes great but I can't get over the reek of their politics.


So the fact one persons opinion keeps you away? Obviously that hurt nobody but you since they make the best chicken sandwich.
 
2014-07-17 06:32:59 AM  
KFC's quality went to hell when they were bought out by Yum! Brands (Taco Bell/Pizza Hut) and hasn't gotten better.

Original owners vs. corporate swill makes a big difference in the food.
 
2014-07-17 06:33:05 AM  

Ambivalence: aerojockey: The Chick-Fil-A in Hollywood is always packed.  The one near UCLA not so much.  I don't get the big deal; it a grilled chicken breast and pickles.  It's all right to drop into to get a quick sandwich when you need to fill your stomach expediently with something that doesn't taste like crap, but it's nothing special.  Don't care what the CEO does with his money.

I can get almost the exact same chicken sandwich at the local grocery store for a buck ninety nine (when they're in stock, they go fast).  And I can get fries with actual seasoning on them.


No you can't.
 
2014-07-17 06:37:06 AM  
After working at the morally questionable places that I have, I have long quit concerning myself with the philosophies and beliefs that corporations promote.  I really like chick fila's spicy chicken sandwich and their stores are always clean and pleasant.  That is the beginning and end of my relationship with them.  I would just feel like a huge hypocrite picking and choosing to boycott certain companies because they disagree with some of my beliefs when I am sure that large portions of my stocks and 401k are invested in companies that do far worse than chikfila.  It just seems like a lot of overblown, silly, faux-outrage but then again I'm a horrible person.
 
2014-07-17 06:39:00 AM  

Kevin72: Still no Chick Fil A anywhere near San Francisco.


At this point I think I'd just say "the whole western seaboard". I can't say the western half of the continent anymore however, since there's apparently one in Boise...

So until then, you can have my Popeye's when you pry it from my cold, dead, maw.
 
2014-07-17 06:39:37 AM  

MaxxLarge: Used to like them, because they really DO make a better chicken sandwich than anyone else.

Haven't been able to eat there since I found out that they take my money, and use it to actively and enthusiastically oppress gay people.

Screw Chick-Fil-A.


Most of the money they donate to causes is personal and not corporate funds, its one persons opinion and the money they blow does nothing to change anyone's opinion.

It amazes me how you would want people on your side who are easily swayed with idiocy, they're religious and follow it no matter what business dictates. Its refreshing to see someone actually have principles even if they are born of ignorance.
 
2014-07-17 06:42:37 AM  
They started dipping their nuggets in some swill flavored marinade that my kids hate so we started eating at home like we're supposed to.
 
2014-07-17 06:47:58 AM  
CFA > Popeye's > KFC

But it drives me nuts that they don't make spicy nuggets.

And of course the inconvenience of not being open on Sunday.
 
2014-07-17 06:48:28 AM  

steamingpile: Most of the money they donate to causes is personal and not corporate funds, its one persons opinion and the money they blow does nothing to change anyone's opinion.


Do you even understand how business works?  Where do you think those "personal funds" come from?  How much extra money does the owner have to donate now that he's swimming in bigot money?
 
2014-07-17 06:51:18 AM  
Two things.

The per-head cost of eating at CFA is higher. 4 people can easily approach $40, but a bucket of KFC is $25-$30.

My limited sample set, Dallas, agrees with the Southpark joke about KFCs only being in poor areas. Although a lot seems that the stores are also older, CFA is building in the new retail far more than YUM! stores.

So, CFA gets into a more affluent niche than can afford to eat there more. Thus every one of their stores is slammed at lunch and dinner. Therefore, fewer stores can generate more revenue than the larger KFC.

How can YUM! put KFC back on top in the USA? Put Coca-Cola in the machines.
 
2014-07-17 06:55:44 AM  
BIGGIT CHIKKIN
 
2014-07-17 06:57:55 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I don't get why all the love from Wall St. Chick-fil-A is privately held, at least for now. Honestly, I can't see the Cathy family going public.


Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch (who PINKIE-SWORE that he would never evvvvvver try to inject his severe right wing politics into the publication after he bought it).
 
2014-07-17 07:03:53 AM  
Hobby Lobby - Owner's religious beliefs inexorably bound to his business.

Chik Fil A - Owner's religious belief completely separate from his business.
 
2014-07-17 07:06:10 AM  

steamingpile: Most of the money they donate to causes is personal and not corporate funds, its one persons opinion and the money they blow does nothing to change anyone's opinion.


The lobbyist money they spend on politicians certainly has an influence.
 
2014-07-17 07:08:57 AM  

BravadoGT: Why are they so successful?

Basically--they do one thing (the chicken sandwich) and they do it better than anyone else.   And you'd be hard-pressed to find a cleaner, friendlier fast food joint.


Exactly.  I would drink the Chick-Fil-A sauce if I could.

And I still think the owner is a bigoted a-hole.
 
2014-07-17 07:09:53 AM  

HawgWild: Their waffle fries should be called awful fries AMIRITE?!

/seriously, I don't like 'em


Are you gonna eat those fries?  Can I have 'em if you're not?
 
2014-07-17 07:10:37 AM  

BMFPitt: CFA > Popeye's > KFC

But it drives me nuts that they don't make spicy nuggets.

And of course the inconvenience of not being open on Sunday.


They had the spicy nuggets for awhile, and then discontinued them.  It was a sad day.
 
2014-07-17 07:16:56 AM  

MaxSupernova: After working at the morally questionable places that I have, I have long quit concerning myself with the philosophies and beliefs that corporations promote.  I really like chick fila's spicy chicken sandwich and their stores are always clean and pleasant.  That is the beginning and end of my relationship with them.  I would just feel like a huge hypocrite picking and choosing to boycott certain companies because they disagree with some of my beliefs when I am sure that large portions of my stocks and 401k are invested in companies that do far worse than chikfila.  It just seems like a lot of overblown, silly, faux-outrage but then again I'm a horrible person.


No you're rational, if people looked at some of the shiat the companies that make their products they wouldn't believe what they believe/support. Most buy shiat that make the Koch brothers millions and they are worse than what chikfila does. But then I think all those huge donors just buy influence no matter what side they are on.
 
2014-07-17 07:26:23 AM  

wildcardjack: Two things.

The per-head cost of eating at CFA is higher. 4 people can easily approach $40, but a bucket of KFC is $25-$30.

My limited sample set, Dallas, agrees with the Southpark joke about KFCs only being in poor areas. Although a lot seems that the stores are also older, CFA is building in the new retail far more than YUM! stores.

So, CFA gets into a more affluent niche than can afford to eat there more. Thus every one of their stores is slammed at lunch and dinner. Therefore, fewer stores can generate more revenue than the larger KFC.

How can YUM! put KFC back on top in the USA? Put Coca-Cola in the machines.


Isn't YUM! a major stockholder in PepsiCo?
 
2014-07-17 07:26:56 AM  
Like pretty much every other corporate entry, it's designed and manufactured to sell and while it once may have been something you could call food, those days are long gone. I tried one sandwich and it was tasty, but that's what it's supposed to be and millions of dollars have been spent on making sure we like it.

I have both a grill and a butcher shop, so I'm not missing much and also don't have to support people I disagree with.
 
2014-07-17 07:30:50 AM  

dookdookdook: steamingpile: Most of the money they donate to causes is personal and not corporate funds, its one persons opinion and the money they blow does nothing to change anyone's opinion.

Do you even understand how business works?  Where do you think those "personal funds" come from?  How much extra money does the owner have to donate now that he's swimming in bigot money?


Yes I do and they have other investments, you wanna research them and boycott every thing they invest in?
 
2014-07-17 07:35:14 AM  

Ambivalence: aerojockey: The Chick-Fil-A in Hollywood is always packed.  The one near UCLA not so much.  I don't get the big deal; it a grilled chicken breast and pickles.  It's all right to drop into to get a quick sandwich when you need to fill your stomach expediently with something that doesn't taste like crap, but it's nothing special.  Don't care what the CEO does with his money.

I can get almost the exact same chicken sandwich at the local grocery store for a buck ninety nine (when they're in stock, they go fast).  And I can get fries with actual seasoning on them.


I've never understood why they get tagged as the best chicken sandwich by so many people.  Every time I've had one (usually because friends wanted to go there), it was greasy, badly overcooked and rubbery tough; basically, one step up from gas station food.

And I'm not a food snob, when it comes to most fast food restaurants.  I stop at one at least a couple times per week.  But ye gods, they're at the bottom of the list.
 
2014-07-17 07:46:20 AM  

TV's Vinnie: steamingpile: Most of the money they donate to causes is personal and not corporate funds, its one persons opinion and the money they blow does nothing to change anyone's opinion.

The lobbyist money they spend on politicians certainly has an influence.


Oh sure but there are assholes on both sides that push agendas I don't agree with but the chikfila issue is just pandering to their base crowd. Its no secret they were founded by a religious family, they're closed on Sunday for gods sake.

Warren Buffet and the Koch brothers are a lot worse in the grand scheme of things.
 
2014-07-17 07:49:11 AM  
I support gay marriage, but I always wonder why we don't see similar large scale boycotts and campaigns against, say mining consortiums, that have a long history of human rights abuses far more villainous than denying people the right to marry.
 
2014-07-17 07:55:31 AM  

thisdaydreamer: Their chicken tastes great but I can't get over the reek of their politics.


This, sadly. I was always annoyed about the "Closed on Sundays" thing, but their Mini breakfast chicken biscuits were delicious enough that a once in a while morning stop during the week didn't hurt. Then the whole bigoted thing came out more obviously and I gave them up.

Now if I want fast food chicken (which is very rare) I'll hit up Burger King's Value Menu for the spicy chicken sandwich.
 
2014-07-17 08:00:11 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: wildcardjack: Two things.

The per-head cost of eating at CFA is higher. 4 people can easily approach $40, but a bucket of KFC is $25-$30.

My limited sample set, Dallas, agrees with the Southpark joke about KFCs only being in poor areas. Although a lot seems that the stores are also older, CFA is building in the new retail far more than YUM! stores.

So, CFA gets into a more affluent niche than can afford to eat there more. Thus every one of their stores is slammed at lunch and dinner. Therefore, fewer stores can generate more revenue than the larger KFC.

How can YUM! put KFC back on top in the USA? Put Coca-Cola in the machines.

Isn't YUM! a major stockholder in PepsiCo?


I think it's the other way round (PepsiCo is a major stockholder in YUM), either way, Pepsi is intrinsically linked to KFC, so they won't be getting Coke any time soon.
 
2014-07-17 08:00:30 AM  
steamingpile:
Warren Buffet and the Koch brothers are a lot worse in the grand scheme of things.

Funny you should say that. Here's Warren Buffet seen in town earlier this week. Apparently he's seen here conspiring with Sir Paul McCartney on how to create their own "WELCOME TO YOU'RE DOOM" machine.

abcnewsradioonline.com
 
2014-07-17 08:10:17 AM  
TFA smells like pump 'n dump BS to me.
 
2014-07-17 08:13:00 AM  

thisdaydreamer: Their chicken tastes great but I can't get over the reek of their politics.


No need to eat in their dining room, just get your sandwich to go.
 
2014-07-17 08:16:13 AM  

TV's Vinnie: steamingpile:
Warren Buffet and the Koch brothers are a lot worse in the grand scheme of things.

Funny you should say that. Here's Warren Buffet seen in town earlier this week. Apparently he's seen here conspiring with Sir Paul McCartney on how to create their own "WELCOME TO YOU'RE  YOURDOOM" machine.

[abcnewsradioonline.com image 630x354]


FTFY

/pet peave
 
2014-07-17 08:23:51 AM  

BravadoGT: And you'd be hard-pressed to find a cleaner, friendlier fast food joint.


www.raisingcanes.com

better chicken, too
 
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