By Shawn Rice
Chick-fil-A is offering free lunches on Mother’s Day is a hoax. An image being spread on social media promoting a Mother Day’s lunch special from the restaurant chain is not real. Since 1964 the chain has been the home of the original chicken sandwich with two pickles on a toasted butter bun. It also offers many healthy alternatives.
Where did this hoax originate? An image posted online promoted the false claim that the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain would be offering a “free Mother’s Day lunch” that month. Although the picture, seen below, displays an array of items from the Chick-fil-A menu, it was lacking in any sort of official letterhead or info concerning the “offer.”
However, this image is a hoax, according to Snopes. The image appears to be designed in the attempt to trick unsuspecting families to turn up to Chick-fil-A, mothers in tow, for a free meal.
Chick-fil-A is known for some of their free meals and promotional deals. That is why the offer itself is not far out of the realm of possibility, as the fast food chain does often offer free meals and promotional deals tied to specific holidays. One notable thing about the item is the date. Unlike many other fast food chains, however, Chick-fil-A outlets are closed on Sundays out of respect for the Christian faith.
The company’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, called that decision part of his “recipe for business success.”
“I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”
The company’s director of talent acquisition, Jodee Morgan, distanced Chick-fil-A from that statement somewhat in a February 2017 interview, saying that Cathy’s motivation was “getting that work-life balance right”:
“We have more than 80,000 team members that represent almost every point of diversity and lifestyle. This day off is for people to spend time with their friends, their families, to do what they want. They absolutely have the choice to do whatever they want on their day off. Truett Cathy’s choice was based just as much in the practical points of running a business as his beliefs.”
Here are some examples of people discussing the fake deal on social media.
chick fil a got free mother’s day lunch from 10:30am-2pm. Sunday May 14, 2017. pic.twitter.com/GgBg85jBWm
— the boy ✨ (@dkendrian) May 13, 2017
PSA: On May 14th Bring your mothers to chick-fil-a and get a free meal on Sunday for Mother’s Day pic.twitter.com/syhPTRBlot
— Big Mac (@magarcia1208) May 12, 2017
Free Mother’s Day meal this Sunday, May 14 at Chick-Fil-A. Tell a friend. pic.twitter.com/Uz1oe5KsHD
— Lloyd Legalist (@LloydLegalist) May 11, 2017
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