Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy made headlines a few weeks ago when he spoke out against same-sex marriages and, since then, the popular restaurant chain has seen mixed reactions from loyal consumers.
Many celebrities (like Sarah Palin and Kirk Cameron) have shown their support for the controversial establishment while thousands of customers all over the US are rallying at various locations to show their appreciation.
While many customers are showing support towards the anti-gay comments, several gay employees from across the nation are struggling to cope with the polarized views of consumers.
The popular chain had Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day yesterday and this is what one gay employee had to say about it: “I call it hater appreciation day,” Andrew – who would only reveal his first name out of fear that he would be fired – told reporters. “It’s very depressing.”
Another employee, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing his job as well, told the Huffington Post in an email how difficult it has been to deal with customers on both ends of the spectrum.
He wrote about a customer who came into the restaurant and made it clear he supported Dan Cathy’s comments and told the employee “I’m so glad you don’t support the queers, I can eat in peace,” while another yelled at him for supporting the company. “I was yelled at for being a god-loving, conservative, homophobic Christian while walking some food out to a guest in a mall dining room.”