Long lines of cars and more than 200 people snaked through the Chick-fil-A at Harbor Boulevard and Gisler Avenue on Wednesday, turning out for a fan-based event meant to support the chain restaurant under national criticism after its chief executive took a public stance against gay marriage.
Men, women and children — some coming from as far away as Riverside — stood in line for more than an hour and a half to order their waffle fries and chicken sandwiches during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
The line switch backed through the interior and wrapped around the exterior of the 163-person capacity building, though customers were patient and voiced few complains on the wait.
Though it was lunchtime, many people were there to express their support, citing their individual beliefs in free speech and religious liberties. The majority of the crowd, comprised of many Christians, said they heard of the event through e-mail, talk radio, church, Facebook and other social media platforms.