DaTechGuy at Chick Fil A in Burlington MA and the dread scourge of Fedoraphobia

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DaTechGuy at Chick Fil A in Burlington MA and the dread scourge of Fedoraphobia

No one will fight me!

High­lander 1986

Tonight my youngest son and I decided to visit the clos­est of the two Chick Fil-​A in Mass­a­chu­setts at the Burling­ton Mall.

We got there around 6 p.m.

When we arrived the first thing I noticed was the rel­a­tive lack of cus­tomers at the other estab­lish­ments com­pared to Chick-​Fil-​A

The sec­ond thing I noticed were three mem­bers of the local police depart­ment in the food court, specif­i­cally in front of the Chick-​Fil-​A (The Quiznois is next to it)

I approached them and asked if there had been any trou­ble, they answered that it was merely Fri­day night and it was rou­tine to have police in the mall late on a Fri­day. I gave them my card and thanked them and headed to the counter when I spot­ted the owner of this Chick-​Fil-​A (he looked VERY young, or maybe I’m just old).

Although he choose not to be inter­viewed he did tell me that busi­ness had been gen­er­ally up since the start of the protests.

My son and I then got in line to order at this point mall secu­rity approached me.

They informed me that mem­bers of the press were not allowed and that no inter­views and pic­tures could be taken, I told them I had already taken three but I would of course respect their wish­ers as I was on pri­vate prop­erty. As a demon­stra­tion of good will I removed the bat­ter­ies from my camera.

Unfor­tu­nately at this point the line at the Chick-​Fil-​A got much longer so we had to wait a bit to order. Both of us had the spicy chicken sand­wich. I had the lemon­ade and he had Dr. Pep­per. I ordered some food for the Radio show tomor­row (and a $10 gift card to give away!) and we sat down to eat.

I found the sand­wich bet­ter than the last time, likely because unlike Nashua I ate the spicy sand­wich at once but in fair­ness I still think the Wendy’s spicy Chicken slightly edges it on taste.

The Lemon­ade was how­ever the best any­where, the owner kindly brought me a re-​fill as well and I noticed he took the time to talk to many cus­tomers. He seemed really on the ball.

I noticed a pair of ladies sit­ting three tables away, they were heavy tat­tooed and seemed to get more and more angry as the lines at the Chick-​Fil-​A con­tin­ued to grow. As we ate I noticed a col­lec­tion of peo­ple mak­ing a point to pass by observ­ing, they were invari­ably pierced and seemed to grow ner­vous as they watched secu­rity and secu­rity watched them back.

Mean­while as I fin­ished my food and my son took off to Gamestop I ran into a fel­low from Mass Resis­tance, we had a pleas­ant chat. He noted the place was absolutely mobbed on Wednes­day. As he was not iden­ti­fied as media he was plan­ning to stay. I also called Karen at the Lonely Con­ser­v­a­tive, Smitty and Bill Jacob­son to report what I had seen so far.

Around 7:15 p.m. after my son got back secu­rity approached me again ask­ing me to leave. They said I had car­ried myself as a gen­tle­men but they really couldn’t allow me to stay as I had fin­ished my meal and other press had not been allowed. We shook hands and my son and I decided to do one lap in the mall. As we left the food court I noted two tables just out­side the area. There were about 30 peo­ple in them and I noted they and secu­rity were keep­ing a close eye on each other. I sur­mised they were plan­ning to launch their protest before or at 8. As we walked the mall I told my son:

If I were them I’d have a small dis­tur­bance at the other end of the mall to draw away secu­rity and then make my move before the sched­uled 8 p.m. time.”

As we com­pleted our lap and neared the food court by the esca­la­tor that we came in from I noted a secu­rity guard leav­ing the area, it was about 7:45 when sud­denly a chant came out: “Hey Hey , ho ho, Homo­pho­bia has got to go.” I also noted peo­ple with signs duct taped to their chest with a sin­gle with page call­ing Chick-​Fil-​A “hate chicken”. They were quickly sur­rounded by secu­rity at this point and con­tin­ued chant­ing as they were escorted from the mall.

I had a dilemma, I had given my word to the mall folks not to take pic­tures (although the pro­test­ers were) so being the shy with­drawn type I lifted up my Chick-​Fil-​A bag with tomorrow’s food in it and started chant­ing back.

“Hey hey , ho ho, Christo­pho­bia has got to go.”

For some odd rea­son this expres­sion of the same first amend­ment rights they were exer­cis­ing didn’t sit will with them.

At this point my son and I started exit­ing the mall, I did a loop around the place to see if we could find where they had been booted out. As I didn’t spot them and had to be up early I started head­ing for 128.

And just as I was at a point where I was com­mit­ted to the high­way, my son spot­ted the pro­test­ers in the Barns and Noble across the street with a NECN truck.

Although tempted to do a Stacy McCain and attempt a U turn through traf­fic I hit the high­way and looped back at around 80 or so. within 14 min (8:15) I arrived at the park­ing lot, got out of the car and while my son went to check Barnes and nobile I approached the protesters.

They were still not happy to see me.

In fact they attempted to block me from tak­ing pictures.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_39212” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] Arrugh a fedora! Keep AWAY![/caption]

Oddly enough they seemed to have no prob­lem giv­ing inter­views to others

This was pass­ing strange, I was a sin­gle per­son, out­num­bered at least 101. They had protested pub­licly and in fact were seek­ing atten­tion yet for some rea­son they were unwill­ing to answer my questions.

I couldn’t under­stand, after all didn’t they believe in what they had said? Could it be in the state that fathered gay mar­riage the brave denounc­ers of “big­ots” could not for­mu­late an answer to any ques­tion not spoon fed?

I pon­dered the question;

YES: they had only drawn 30 peo­ple at a huge mall close to Boston in the state where Gay Mar­riage was sup­pos­edly the strongest.

YES: more peo­ple had eaten at Chick-​Fil-​A in 10 min­utes than they had been able to draw.

YES: the weak­ness of their move­ment com­pared to the hun­dreds of thou­sands who showed up on Wednes­day was apparent.

YES: they weren’t used to tough questions…

…but surely this could not be the rea­son why I scared them so Surely this alone could not cause these brave pro­test­ers to flee before a sin­gle blog­ger with a camera?

Then it hit me. I remem­bered all the peo­ple i had seen that evening near the pro­test­ers. There WAS one unique dif­fer­ence between me and all the oth­ers. I was the only per­son in the entire area, both at the mall and at the park­ing lot who approached them in a Fedora!

As I left for home with my son and our Chick-​Fil-​A I felt sorry for these poor peo­ple. First the scourge of AIDS had dec­i­mated the gay com­mu­nity 30 years ago, and now a new mal­ady had reared it’s ugly head, a mal­ady con­fined to the brave pro­test­ers undaunted by their poor num­bers and inabil­ity to get live media cov­er­age in the mall. A mal­ady called Fedo­ra­pho­bia!

What a shame, if it hadn’t been for fedo­ra­pho­bia, these brave pro­test­ers could have man­aged a 3 minute inter­view and had the chance to make their points and my work would have been done. Instead Fedora pho­bia caused them to run away like Sir Robin before the three headed giant.

Worse of all it had been caught on cam­era. And all those who would see it would think it cow­ardice when in real­ity they had been struck by a new and hor­ri­ble ill­ness of which there is no known cure.

Oh the AGONY!

Update: Insta­lanche. Thanks Glenn for tak­ing steps to com­bat the dread dis­ease of Fedo­ra­pho­bia. BTW for com­par­a­tive pur­poses here is a video from Wednes­day of the line at Chick-​Fil-​A

Update 2: No signs of Fedo­ra­pho­bia nation­wide but it looks like the Chick-​Fil-​A protests nation­ally laid an egg, or at least would have if there were more peo­ple and not advo­cat­ing a lifestyle that doesn’t pro­duce eggs.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_39228” align=“aligncenter” width=“450”] Via Amer­i­can Free­dom by Barbara[/caption]

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The DaT­e­chguy fundraiser is still in progress, yes I would like you to kick in so I can use a car of my own on these trips but now there is a greater cause. To my knowl­edge no per­son is now research­ing the dreaded dis­ease strik­ing pro-​gay mar­riage pro­test­ers known as Fedo­ra­pho­bia. Won’t you give gen­er­ously so I can con­tinue to approach such peo­ple in the hopes of find­ing a cure?

Remem­ber if you’re a pro­tester an on-​camera inter­view is a ter­ri­ble thing to waste!

For details click here for the progress check the ther­mome­ter to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.




No one will fight me!

Highlander 1986

Tonight my youngest son and I decided to visit the closest of the two Chick Fil-A in Massachusetts at the Burlington Mall.

We got there around 6 p.m.

When we arrived the first thing I noticed was the relative lack of customers at the other establishments compared to Chick-Fil-A

The second thing I noticed were three members of the local police department in the food court, specifically in front of the Chick-Fil-A (The Quiznois is next to it)

I approached them and asked if there had been any trouble, they answered that it was merely Friday night and it was routine to have police in the mall late on a Friday. I gave them my card and thanked them and headed to the counter when I spotted the owner of this Chick-Fil-A (he looked VERY young, or maybe I’m just old).

Although he choose not to be interviewed he did tell me that business had been generally up since the start of the protests.

My son and I then got in line to order at this point mall security approached me.

They informed me that members of the press were not allowed and that no interviews and pictures could be taken, I told them I had already taken three but I would of course respect their wishers as I was on private property. As a demonstration of good will I removed the batteries from my camera.

Unfortunately at this point the line at the Chick-Fil-A got much longer so we had to wait a bit to order. Both of us had the spicy chicken sandwich. I had the lemonade and he had Dr. Pepper. I ordered some food for the Radio show tomorrow (and a $10 gift card to give away!) and we sat down to eat.

I found the sandwich better than the last time, likely because unlike Nashua I ate the spicy sandwich at once but in fairness I still think the Wendy’s spicy Chicken slightly edges it on taste.

The Lemonade was however the best anywhere, the owner kindly brought me a re-fill as well and I noticed he took the time to talk to many customers. He seemed really on the ball.

I noticed a pair of ladies sitting three tables away, they were heavy tattooed and seemed to get more and more angry as the lines at the Chick-Fil-A continued to grow. As we ate I noticed a collection of people making a point to pass by observing, they were invariably pierced and seemed to grow nervous as they watched security and security watched them back.

Meanwhile as I finished my food and my son took off to Gamestop I ran into a fellow from Mass Resistance, we had a pleasant chat. He noted the place was absolutely mobbed on Wednesday. As he was not identified as media he was planning to stay. I also called Karen at the Lonely Conservative, Smitty and Bill Jacobson to report what I had seen so far.

Around 7:15 p.m. after my son got back security approached me again asking me to leave. They said I had carried myself as a gentlemen but they really couldn’t allow me to stay as I had finished my meal and other press had not been allowed. We shook hands and my son and I decided to do one lap in the mall. As we left the food court I noted two tables just outside the area. There were about 30 people in them and I noted they and security were keeping a close eye on each other. I surmised they were planning to launch their protest before or at 8. As we walked the mall I told my son:

“If I were them I’d have a small disturbance at the other end of the mall to draw away security and then make my move before the scheduled 8 p.m. time.”

As we completed our lap and neared the food court by the escalator that we came in from I noted a security guard leaving the area, it was about 7:45 when suddenly a chant came out: “Hey Hey , ho ho, Homophobia has got to go.” I also noted people with signs duct taped to their chest with a single with page calling Chick-Fil-A “hate chicken”. They were quickly surrounded by security at this point and continued chanting as they were escorted from the mall.

I had a dilemma, I had given my word to the mall folks not to take pictures (although the protesters were) so being the shy withdrawn type I lifted up my Chick-Fil-A bag with tomorrow’s food in it and started chanting back.

“Hey hey , ho ho, Christophobia has got to go.”

For some odd reason this expression of the same first amendment rights they were exercising didn’t sit will with them.

At this point my son and I started exiting the mall, I did a loop around the place to see if we could find where they had been booted out. As I didn’t spot them and had to be up early I started heading for 128.

And just as I was at a point where I was committed to the highway, my son spotted the protesters in the Barns and Noble across the street with a NECN truck.

Although tempted to do a Stacy McCain and attempt a U turn through traffic I hit the highway and looped back at around 80 or so. within 14 min (8:15) I arrived at the parking lot, got out of the car and while my son went to check Barnes and nobile I approached the protesters.

They were still not happy to see me.

In fact they attempted to block me from taking pictures.

Arrugh a fedora! Keep AWAY!

Oddly enough they seemed to have no problem giving interviews to others

This was passing strange, I was a single person, outnumbered at least 10-1. They had protested publicly and in fact were seeking attention yet for some reason they were unwilling to answer my questions.

I couldn’t understand, after all didn’t they believe in what they had said? Could it be in the state that fathered gay marriage the brave denouncers of “bigots” could not formulate an answer to any question not spoon fed?

I pondered the question;

YES: they had only drawn 30 people at a huge mall close to Boston in the state where Gay Marriage was supposedly the strongest.

YES: more people had eaten at Chick-Fil-A in 10 minutes than they had been able to draw.

YES: the weakness of their movement compared to the hundreds of thousands who showed up on Wednesday was apparent.

YES: they weren’t used to tough questions…

…but surely this could not be the reason why I scared them so Surely this alone could not cause these brave protesters to flee before a single blogger with a camera?

Then it hit me. I remembered all the people i had seen that evening near the protesters. There WAS one unique difference between me and all the others. I was the only person in the entire area, both at the mall and at the parking lot who approached them in a Fedora!

As I left for home with my son and our Chick-Fil-A I felt sorry for these poor people. First the scourge of AIDS had decimated the gay community 30 years ago, and now a new malady had reared it’s ugly head, a malady confined to the brave protesters undaunted by their poor numbers and inability to get live media coverage in the mall. A malady called Fedoraphobia!

What a shame, if it hadn’t been for fedoraphobia, these brave protesters could have managed a 3 minute interview and had the chance to make their points and my work would have been done. Instead Fedora phobia caused them to run away like Sir Robin before the three headed giant.

Worse of all it had been caught on camera. And all those who would see it would think it cowardice when in reality they had been struck by a new and horrible illness of which there is no known cure.

Oh the AGONY!

Update: Instalanche. Thanks Glenn for taking steps to combat the dread disease of Fedoraphobia. BTW for comparative purposes here is a video from Wednesday of the line at Chick-Fil-A

Update 2: No signs of Fedoraphobia nationwide but it looks like the Chick-Fil-A protests nationally laid an egg, or at least would have if there were more people and not advocating a lifestyle that doesn’t produce eggs.

Via American Freedom by Barbara

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The DaTechguy fundraiser is still in progress, yes I would like you to kick in so I can use a car of my own on these trips but now there is a greater cause. To my knowledge no person is now researching the dreaded disease striking pro-gay marriage protesters known as Fedoraphobia. Won’t you give generously so I can continue to approach such people in the hopes of finding a cure?

Remember if you’re a protester an on-camera interview is a terrible thing to waste!

For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.