The owner of a local Chick-fil-A restaurant is once again garnering national attention for his actions.
When Wednesday’s frigid temperatures sent what appeared to be a homeless man scurrying for warmth inside the Chick-fil-A at 4620 Highway 280, owner/operator Mark Meadows stepped up to the plate–much like he did during the 2014 “snowpocalypse.”
Andrea Stoker, who was enjoying a meal with her son at the restaurant about 3 p.m. Wednesday, shared what she witnessed through a Facebook post on the Chick-fil-A corporate page. At the time of this writing, Stoker’s account of what transpired has garnered nearly 100,000 Facebook “likes.” Chick-fil-A has since shared the image and message as well.
“My son and I were at the location on Highway 280 in Birmingham, AL,” wrote Stoker, “when a man came in to escape the 35 degree temps and strong winds with all of his earthly possessions strapped to his back.”
Rather than ask him to leave, Stoker went on, Meadows walked up to the man and had a conversation.
In an interview with AL.com today, Meadows shared what occurred next.
“Sometimes,” said Meadows, “we have individuals walk in the store that it’s obvious need some help. Yesterday at around 3:30 p.m. a gentleman walked in–I don’t know if he is homeless or not–but he walked up to me and asked if there was anything he could do to earn a little food.”
Meadows said he answered with a question of his own.
“I asked him if he had a pair of gloves,” said Meadows, “because he kept rubbing his hands together.”
According to Stoker’s account, Meadows not only arranged to feed the man, but also provided him with a little bit of extra comfort.
“Most businesses would force him out,” wrote Stoker, “but I watched as the manager walked up to him and asked if he could do anything for him. Before the man could even answer, the manager asked if he had a pair of gloves and walked to the table at which he’d been sitting and picked up his own. As he handed the man his gloves, he asked another employee to get him something to eat.”