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Nearby birds are pecking the heck out of Chick-fil-A customers

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A pair of large birds has been attacking customers at a Denver Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A is famous for its fried chicken sandwiches, but now the birds are getting their revenge by pecking the heck out of customers at one Denver outlet so badly that the chain has provided an escort to help guests get in the building.

According to 9 News, a pair of birds in Denver built a nest near a Chick-fil-A unit, and have since gotten it into their heads that the restaurant’s customers harbor ill will toward their nest. The birds are reportedly blackbirds, and on several occasions they’ve dive-bombed people on their way into the restaurant and attacked them with beak and claw.

"Maybe he's just mad we're eating chicken," a manager said.

The attacks have gotten so bad that the restaurant armed an escort with a big red umbrella to protect customers on their way inside. The restaurant’s managers say they plan to leave the birds alone and just hope the attacks pass once the birds’ babies get bigger.

"If we can keep the little ones alive, keep them well and keep our customers safe, it'd be our pleasure," a manager said.

Chick-fil-A is running out of sauce & Republicans are blaming… Joe Biden?

Several prominent Republicans are now blaming a dipping sauce shortage at Chick-fil-A on President Joe Biden.

“Is there no limit to how awful Biden’s America can get?” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted, linking an article about the Chick-fil-A sauce shortage.

Is there no limit to how awful Biden’s America can get?

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) May 12, 2021

Christian conservatives’ favorite fast food joint is limiting the number of small sauce packets it hands out to customers, keeping the number down to one packet per item purchased at many of its 2600 U.S. locations.

“Due to industry-wide shortages, we are currently limiting the number of sauces provided,” the chain said in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we work through this.”

CNN Business says the problem is a “labor shortage and supply chain issues.” It appears to be affecting individual packets more than bottled sauces, partly because the Centers for Disease Control have recommended restaurants use individual packets to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t mention any of this when he tweeted on the matter.

“Joe Biden is destroying America,” he wrote.

American Conservative Union chair and Fox News personality Matt Schlapp said Biden “canceled the Chick-fil-A sauce pipeline.”

Joe Biden also canceled the Chick-fil-A sauce pipeline?

— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) May 12, 2021

“Joe Biden’s America,” wrote Missouri Attorney General and Senate candidate Eric Schmitt (R).

Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) also blamed “Joe Biden’s America.”

In Joe Biden’s America:

Chick-fil-A has to limit sauces because of supply chain issues.

Gas stations are having mass shortages and prices are soaring.

The price of groceries are skyrocketing.

Everyday Americans are hurting and they miss Donald Trump’s America.

— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) May 12, 2021

As did popular rightwing podcaster Graham Allen.

Republican Congressional candidate Lavern Spicer said that Biden “is officially messing with our chicken.”

“It’s a problem,” she tweeted gravely.

Chick-Fil-A is out of sauce.

Joe Biden is officially messing with our chicken.

It’s a problem.

— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) May 12, 2021

Brigitte Gabriel of the anti-Muslim organization ACT! for America also blamed the sauce shortage on Biden.

Soon America is going to be out of gas and Chick-fil-A sauce, way to go Joe Biden!

— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) May 12, 2021

None of these people offered any explanation about how Biden is connected to the sauce shortage.

Conservatives have long felt protective of the chicken chain due to its Christian conservative donations and practices, like closing all restaurants on Sundays, as well as its homophobia.

The restaurant came under fire in 2012 when large donations to the hate group Family Research Counsel and the conversion therapy group Exodus International were uncovered.

Chick-fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy said that the business was “guilty as charged” when it came to giving to anti-LGBTQ causes, and he said that LGBTQ activists are “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”

The right rallied in defense of the chain, and in 2019 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) surrounded himself with Chick-fil-A products and signed what was dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law. The bill was, according to Abbott, going to protect the multi-billion dollar business from religion-based “discrimination.”

Chick-fil-A or Whole Foods?

It is Sunday, which means Chick-fil-A stores all across America are closed -- just as they have been since the company’s founding in 1946. Longtime patrons know they will have to wait until Monday to get their spicy chicken sandwich.

Many will stop by then simply because they are hungry. But for others, ordering the restaurant’s famous waffle fries will serve as a vote against gay marriage or for free speech -- or both.

A month ago, on July 2, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told a North Carolina Baptist website that his privately owned company supported the “biblical definition of the family unit.” When the story was picked up in mid-July by the Baptist Press, it quickly became the religious publisher’s most-read article of 2012.

Cathy’s comments soon turned into a takeout feed bag for politicians and cable news shows. A social media war erupted. And suddenly chicken sandwiches were at the center of the culture wars.

Calls for boycotts ensued. The mayors of Chicago, Boston and Washington announced their opposition to the fast-food chain. Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and conservative talk radio hosts came to its defense. And Mike Huckabee even went so far as to organize aChick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which last Wednesday resulted in record sales, lines out the door and live TV shots from local news helicopters.

How did Chick-fil-A make money by being attacked? The answer lies in the partisanship of fast-food consumers.

We first started exploring the politics of consumption in 2004 when we were designing the advertising buys for the Bush presidential reelection campaign. Analyzing more than 200,000 interviews of American adults conducted each year by Scarborough Research, we were searching for clues on what TV shows Republican, independent and Democratic voters watched. As a result of our research, for example, the Bush campaign bought time on the then mildly controversial prime-time sitcom “Will and Grace” — not because one of the characters was a gay man but because it reached higher-turnout, younger, independent voters.

We continue to be fascinated by the partisan differences in consumer purchasing behavior. Democrats, for example, have fallen in love with Subaru — it’s the new Volvo. Americans who drink diet soda — especially Diet Dr. Pepper — are more likely to vote and to be Republicans than Americans who drink sugared beverages. Republicans prefer dark liquors, while reform-minded Democrats prefer the transparency of vodka and rum.

And it turns out that when it comes to fast food, Republicans love their Chick-fil-A restaurants. Democrats are more likely to head to Popeyes and Church’s, open seven days a week. As the bubble chart shows, Chick-fil-A customers are very, very Republican.

Chick-fil-A’s website now contains this caveat: “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.” But given who its customers are, the firm probably didn’t need to do that. (The website also announces surging sales since the story broke.)

Corporations, nonprofits and entertainers are increasingly at risk of being caught up in political debates that are far from their core business or service. Sometimes this is intentional, but more often it is not, as was the case for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. The problem comes when an organization takes a stance that is at odds with its customers, constituents or fans.

In order to plan, brands need to understand where their consumers and fans stand politically. Marketers will spend millions to understand their customers’ product preferences, but most only guess about their customers’ political preferences. Too often, they find out only after the storm comes, and unlike Chick-fil-A, most brands don’t have an army of loyal consumers ready to ride to the rescue at 1,600 drive-throughs.

Need a cautionary tale? Think about the Dixie Chicks,who in 2003 dared to criticize President Bush in wartime during an overseas gig. Their top-10 single disappeared in days from the top of the charts, conservative country radio stations banned them, and the American Red Cross broke off a marketing relationship. Liberals rightly protested, but they weren’t the Dixie Chicks’ fan base, so that didn’t help much with album sales or concert tickets.

On the other hand, Chick-fil-A got lucky. The people it alienated weren’t its loyal customers.

On Monday, thousands of former Dixie Chicks fans will eat even more Chick-fil-A. American consumers can be loyal or fickle friends, particularly if they’re Republicans.

Will Feltus is a media researcher at National Media in Alexandria, Va. Mike Shannon is a partner at Vianovo in Austin, Texas.

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There are so many recipes for these fillets, but I chose to make chicken parmesan

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The May 4 documents filed with federal regulators indicates the restaurant's logo includes the words "Outfox Wings" and the image of a fox. The virtual concept plans to serve wings, roasted chicken, salads and other foods. .

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Like most animals, birds want to be wherever they can find food and shelter. "Select shrubs and trees that produce berries and nuts and also provide protective cover," advises Lynn Holtzman, a wildlife management and ornithology instructor at Hocking College. "Arrange the plantings so that the bird species [that you want to bring to your yard] have easy access to it at the time of year that they need it." Birds can feast on the berries, nuts, and seeds that occur naturally in your yard. The shrubs also give them a great place to hide from predators. Be sure to choose plants that are native to your region due to the fact that non-native plants can unbalance the local ecology. (As an added benefit, hedge rows also provide a natural fence for your property, as Brumfield explains.)

Proving Hitchcock Right, Bird Attacks Are Turning Violent This Summer

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It started with a whack to the back of the head. Next, Mr. Vedder was divebombed. Then clawed.

The culprit was a red-winged blackbird.

More than 250 million of the birds live across North and Central America, and this summer some are feeling extra aggressive toward human neighbors—driving them to change walking routes, wear protective headgear or furiously wave arms above their heads as they jog.

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“He said, ‘Oh my God, after I picked up that pack of steaks, I saw a raven in the parking lot with a steak in his mouth,’" Jones said.

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"Anyone else had an “experience” with the crows at Dimond Costco?" Kimberly Y. Waller posted on March 17. "My parents were minding their business after a shop and made it home with one less steak! The bird snatched it right out of the pack in the parking lot."

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Protect Your Dog from Hawks and Other Birds of Prey

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Dogs weighing as much as 60 pounds are on record as having been attacked by raptors (birds of prey). Though the instances of pets killed by raptors are uncommon, it happens often enough that it’s worthwhile to take precautions.

Any pet under 20 pounds is at serious risk from birds whose natural prey generally includes rodents, birds, rabbits, snakes and insects. Hawks and their raptor cousins are opportunistic animals, so dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, ferrets, guinea pigs, ducks, rabbits and chickens are also on the menu. Fiercely protective of their nests, these formidable birds are also known to attack larger animals, even humans, on occasion.

The Perpetrators

• The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is responsible for the highest number of attacks on pets. These birds are common in most habitats, including cities and suburban areas, and are the most familiar owl in the world. Large and aggressive birds, they are masters of camouflage and are nearly silent when they fly. The only time their prey knows one is around is after being attacked. They are usually nocturnal hunters, but can be active in the day during the winter.

• The next most common threat to pets is the northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). They are found throughout the northern states, Canada and Alaska, and into the lower states occasionally. They prefer old-growth forests and generally build their nests in large trees by clearings, within a short distance to a lake or river. Beautiful and prized by falconers, these magnificent birds mate for life and will aggressively protect their territory.

• The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is also notorious. This hawk is widespread and found throughout the Continental US and most of Canada. One reason they are familiar is that they are so adaptable. They thrive in deserts, tundra, grasslands, forests, marshes and suburban areas around the country.

• Other raptors to be wary of include the great gray owl (Strix nebulosa), barred owl (Strix varia), Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii), and sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus).

How to Protect Your Dogs and Other Pet Animals

• The most important thing you can do is to stay with them while they are outside. To be an effective deterrent to raptors, you must be visible to the birds, so remain in full view while your dog is playing. Birds will generally leave pets alone when you are standing near them.

• The safest way to leave your dog outside unsupervised is to build a covered pet enclosure. The roof provides shade from the sun, shelter from the rain and protection from raptors, while the fencing keeps them safe from other threats.

• If a fenced and covered run is out of the question, keep your dog under the canopy of a tree or near shrubs, which makes it harder for the bird to attack.

• If possible, take more than one dog at a time to exercise or go potty. Extra animals intimidate the birds.

• Putting up moving, shiny objects in the yard, such as silver streamers, has been known to intimidate these predatory birds.

• If a raptor is frequently attacking songbirds at your feeder, stop feeding the birds for a while and hope the raptor moves to another area.

• And, don’t feed birds that feed on the ground, such as quail, doves, grouse and roadrunners doing so could attract aerial hunters.

• Feed your pet indoors and clean up any leftover food that might attract mice, squirrels or rats, frequent targets of predators.

• For those who take their pets on hikes or other outdoor activities, talon-proof vests are available online.

• Try to avoid areas where raptors are known to hunt when walking or exercising your pet.

Understand that all raptors are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal to injure, capture or kill them, or to disturb their nests or offspring. Protecting pets is not a justifiable excuse for harming a raptor, and you may be subject to severe fines or jail time or both.

While this article focuses on protecting your pet from raptors, following the above steps can help protect them from other dangers as well, including coyotes, foxes, bears and other dogs, not to mention busy streets and evil-intentioned humans.

Even though they aren’t common, bird attacks on pets happen. Following the above tips will help protect your pets and allow you to enjoy time with them outside.

Cops: Woman upset by COVID-19 protocols throws bricks at Buckhead Chick-fil-A

It was no pleasure for workers at a Buckhead Chick-fil-A to bar an irate woman from the restaurant Monday night after she allegedly railed against COVID-19 protocols.

The woman tried to walk inside the Chastain Square location on Roswell Road but was told the dining room was closed due to virus concerns, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Employees told police they forced her out and assumed she left before she pulled up to the drive-thru window in a white Chrysler sedan.

She was accompanied by two other women, according to the report.

“The females began to scream at the employees at the location, however none of the statements could be remembered by the employees,” an Atlanta police officer said in the report. “The females attempted to climb through the drive-thru window, but (were) stopped by employees.”

The employees locked the doors and windows, the officer said. What followed was captured on cellphone video and shared on Instagram.

In the video, a woman is seen beating on the closed drive-thru window as masked Chick-fil-A employees scramble inside. Atlanta police could not confirm the video was connected to their investigation.

At one point in the video, a woman outside the window appeared to pick up an object from the ground and throw it at the glass. The employees quickly backed away.

“The suspect females started to pick up cement bricks from nearby and throw them at the drive-thru window in an attempt to break the window,” the report said. “The window was not shattered completely, but did have noticeable cracks and damage.”

No one was reported injured, and the women were gone when police arrived shortly after 10 p.m. to take the report.

They had not been identified or located as of Tuesday morning, according to police.


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