California City Considers Declaring Chick-fil-A a 'Public Nuisance'
When it comes to fast-food chicken sandwiches, there is but one true king: Chick-fil-A.
The southern drive-through restaurant invented the chicken sandwich, at least according to them, and there is little doubt that the world has fallen in love with it. The “chicken sandwich wars” that kicked off just ahead of the global coronavirus pandemic did provide some halfway-appreciable competition, but there wasn’t a sane observer out there who saw CFA falling to the wayside.
In fact, these restaurant is so popular that one California city is getting set to declare Chick-fil-A a public nuisance.
The Chick-fil-A restaurant, located in Santa Barbara, has been tremendously popular since it opened in 2013, but its success could be having a negative impact on the community. As desiring customers flock to the Chick-fil-A drive-thru, those who do not fit in the parking lot are forced onto the adjacent roadway, blocking traffic, residents have alleged, CBS News reported.
After the restaurant’s temporary fixes did not alleviate the traffic clog, the disgruntled residents took their complaints to the city council, who are considering a public designation to label the Chick-fil-A location a “public nuisance,” a city council agenda document reads.Trending:
“Previous attempts to informally remedy the situation have been unsuccessful. It is unlawful to stop in the travel lane, and there are traffic control signs posted that advise motorists not to stop in the travel lane, but Chick-fil-A customers routinely ignore those signs,” the document reads.
But this was no laughing matter.
“Chick-fil-A has a good problem here. They are so successful, they have outgrown their site. It’s possible they were oversized for that site, to begin with,” Santa Barbara City Council member Kristen Sneddon said during a hearing earlier this month, according to the report.
The city council then unanimously voted to advance a motion that would label the restaurant a “public nuisance,” but Chick-fil-A requested a delay, so the restaurant could take action once more to rectify the situation, CBS News reported.
Chick-fil-A has long been the seat of controversy among liberals, who took offense to the company founder’s faith-based philanthropy.