A Tennessee man and his young daughter went to a local Chick-fil-A on Monday to grab a meal and some ice cream, but their otherwise ordinary trip took a turn. A homeless man walked into the restaurant and asked for a meal, and the father was floored by what the manager had him do before giving it to him.
Murfreesboro resident Joey Mustain took his little girl, Stella, to Chick-fil-A for “daddy/daughter” time on Monday. According to FOX5, the trip turned out to be incredible for both of them. Joey and Stella had finished their meal, and after a few minutes of playing, Stella got an ice cream cone and sat down in a booth to finish it. That’s when they were able to witness a “beautiful scene,” Joey said.
“A homeless traveler had walked in and asked if they had any extra food,” recalled Joey. “Mud was wet and caked on his well-traveled shoes. His hair was matted, and his beard wasn’t a statement as much as it was a necessity and a sign that he doesn’t get to shave as often as most of us do.”
Joey explained in a post about the incident that people in the restaurant were trying to keep their distance from the man, but it didn’t stop him from being nice to everyone and smiling as he waited for the manager. When the manager arrived, Joey said he could barely hear the conversation, but the manager told the man that he would gladly give him a full meal – not scraps – but there was just one condition.
“The only thing [the manager] required was that the man let him pray with him,” Joey said.
“After the homeless man agreed, there was no waiting for things to die down, there was no scooting anyone to the side,” wrote Joey. “As busy as they were, the manager stopped then and there, laid his hand on the man, and proceeded to pray.”
“I heard love in that prayer,” he continued. “The homeless man wasn’t some untouchable stain on business. He was the reason that store opened its doors this morning (or any morning).”
Joey said that he told Stella to check out what was happening, and she couldn’t help but stare at the two men. When she asked her father what was going on, he explained the situation to her, then she did the most adorable thing ever – bowed her head to pray with them.
Aside from being grateful his daughter was able to witness something like that, Joey said he has a new outlook on Chick-fil-A.
“I realized then and there that Chick-fil-A doesn’t simply do business for profits, they truly use business to minister. In a time when companies are trying to win in the market by neutralizing any possibility of offense, CFA is thriving because they unwaveringly cling to their principles and purpose.”
Indeed they are, and just about everyone who eats there will tell you the same thing – between their excellent customer service, strong adherence to Christian values, and phenomenal food, there’s little question about why Chick-fil-A has become America’s favorite fast food restaurant.