Chick-fil-A's Brilliant Kids Summer Camp Initiative Attacked by Hateful Critics Threatening to Report Company to the Government


Given the numerous — numerous — issues afflicting the country right now, one would think that people would have more constructive uses of their time than to attack a children’s summer camp.

One would think wrong.

Chick-fil-A, the shockingly polarizing fast-food chicken restaurant, has once again found itself in the crosshairs of bad-faith actors who just want to pick a fight with the Christ-forward franchise of eateries.

This time, however, it’s not about the company’s Christian origins or its adherence to the Sabbath. No, this time around, these dullards are attacking one Chick-fil-A restaurant’s summer camp event.

A Chick-fil-A in Hammond, Louisiana, announced this fun offering in a June 6 Facebook post:

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The camp, which will take place across various days in mid-to-late July, will offer children (ideally ages 5-12) the chance to meet Chick-fil-A mascots and managers.

The camp will also involve a “behind-the-scenes look” at hospitality and service, as well as a “behind-the-scenes view of what it’s like to work at America’s favorite quick-service restaurant.”

The camp will cost $35 per child, and will also include a snack, T-shirt and “some goodies.”

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It is as innocuous and innocent a little summer activity as one can imagine.– if a tad pricey for the value, but what isn’t these days?

And yet, terminally online dunces saw this pretty neat-sounding children’s camp as some horrible form of child exploitation.

A cursory glance at the Facebook post’s comments showed a number of upset commentators.

“This sounds like child labor with extra steps …” one Facebook user commented.

“Wait. You’re wanting parents to *check notes* pay you, to use their young children as laborers,” another user commented. “But they get a free meal, snack and shirt that will give you free advertising?

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“Sounds legit.”

“Y’all need to be reported to somebody’s government agency for this…” another user commented.

Not-so-funnily enough, one user did just that, actually tagging the official Facebook account for the Department of Labor in one of the post’s responses.

Thankfully, there was still quite a bit of sanity in the comments, with some users lauding the move as a fun way for kids to play and eat. Others noted that for the very reasonable price of $35, parents can get roughly three hours of child supervision and lunch — a pretty solid deal, if you ask most parents.

There are two additional things worth noting about this latest faux outrage from the left:

  1. As any kid who grew up in a restaurant can tell you (this writer speaks from experience), working in a restaurant is a time-honored children’s tradition for many. It’s not that weird.
  2. This camp is not child labor, period. It’s laughable to think that these restaurants are actually expecting anything resembling productivity from 5-12-year-olds. Anyone who’s spent 10 minutes around kids that age knows that’s a fool’s errand.

To reiterate: There are much bigger issues in the world than a $35, three-hour children’s camp event.

One would think that would be painfully obvious for anyone with two brain cells to rub together.

One would think wrong.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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