One great thing about my part time job for a large company is that sometimes other companies like to share things. For instance, last month I got several $5 off coupons for my favorite Mexican restaurant and this week I scored a stack of coupons for free a free breakfast entrée at Chik-Fil-A, a fast food chain that sells chicken. These coupons are good only on Wednesdays through March so I need to eat there once a week until then to burn through my coupons.
The relationship that the people in this state have with Chik-Fil-A is very complex, they LOVE that place! Since my first day arriving here, people have flooded me with free food offers from this place, every year a television special airs with the story behind Chik-Fil-A and how Christian tradition drives them in their promise to be closed on Sundays. (Note to readers: Having grown up in Southern California, I never had a Chik-Fil-A experience – when I went home a few months ago I saw a Chik-Fil-A!)
The marketing for Chik-Fil-A is wonderful! Cows begging people to eat more “Chikn”, Cow Appreciation Day and as I learned today, “Wonderful Wednesday”!
When I pulled up to the drive-thru, determined to use my coupon, I was greeted with the friendliest sounding, Barbie, cartoon character voice saying: “Welcome to Wonderful Wednesdays where every car gets a free breakfast item, can I take your order?” Every time I said thank you from the order board to the window, I was answered with, “My pleasure”. After all of this time of being so unhappy with my career situation, I am beginning to wonder if fast food is the answer to being fulfilled, happy and pleased to help people. It’s like these people are trained to expect a thank you! They even have an answer for when it happens!
Driving away, feeling fully won over by the Chik-Fil-A cult, I wondered how many other chicken skeptics were won over with Wonderful Wednesday? As I turned down the street to work, I pulled up behind a car with a license plate frame that said: “Honk if you love Chicken – Chick Fil A”. How many of you are out driving around with McDonald’s license plate frames or Taco Bell? See what I mean by weird relationship?
Oh, and now I have an extra coupon. I hope that every Wednesday is not Wonderful Wednesday! I felt privileged to have those coupons.