The Denver City Council beclowns itself by delaying the acceptance of an application for a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the airport. All the usual suspects are belching up typical progressive, anti-freedom drivel, under the guise of their concern for “really, truly a moral issue on the city.” And of course the excellent and successful business acumen of the council members was on display: “”We can do better than this brand in Denver at our airport, in my estimation.”
All of this flying in the face of reality. Chick-fil-A does not discriminate in its hiring practices. It obeys the law. And, according to the airport’s analysis:
DIA has estimated the restaurant’s first-year sales at $4.1 million, with $616,278 paid each year in concession fees. Chick-fil-A restaurants typically generate more in six days a week, DIA says, than most fast-food concessions that are open all seven.
And guess what? DIA’s customers want to eat Chick-fil-A food! shocking, I know. How can America continue to frequent a company that provides excellent food, service and value, and treats its employees rather well, while ignoring the political and social stances of the company’s owners?
Neil Maxfield, the senior vice president of concession, noted that a 2013 survey of airport users “identified Chick-fil-A as being the second-most sought-after quick service brand at the airport, second to Chipotle,” which didn’t apply for the space.
Maybe the Denver City Council can read the U.S. Constitution some time when they aren’t stoned off their gourds, and realize that government is barred from controlling the speech of its citizens. Oh, and if they are successful in keeping a money-making firm out of the airport, and replace it with a lesser fast-food company employing fewer people, will they employ, at their own expense, the people who would have gotten jobs at Chick-fil-A?