Monday, August 6, 2012
Khan Sahib yeh tu garbar ho gayee bhai?
LOL. So our Pakistani brother Nabeel Khan decided to pull a "desi" fast one and jumped on the brand-wagon by naming his franchise in Canada "Chick Felay". What should have promted a spike in sales from fans of the original waffle fries has now dipped thanks to the Chick-Fil-A hate scandal that has taken over the US and honestly gone a little too much on both sides.
“We had one guy come into one of our restaurants, ordered his food, and then refused it, asking us how we could be so discriminating,” said Khan, recounting a string of such encounters between customers and employees at Chick-Felays’ four locations in southern Ontario. “We had no idea what he was talking about. He said, ‘This is garbage,’ and walked out.”
Khan says it was only several weeks later, after a few more visits from enraged customers, that he learned the president and COO of U.S. chain Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, had made public statements in June and July declaring his opposition to same-sex marriage, sparking a firestorm of controversy south of the border.
Khan then realized customers were mistakenly linking his two-year-old chain to the American company. He’s been in damage control mode ever since.
But i cant help but like Mr. Khan for his next statement.
“It shocks me that people would ask ‘How can you discriminate?’ How could you think that? We’re brown people,” chuckled Khan, who has found humour in the angry customers’ outbursts.
“We welcome everyone, customers and employees, with our arms open and our hearts open,” he said, sitting in a booth at Chick-Felays’s newly opened Mississauga location on Latimer Dr. “Working in the service industry, it’s nonsense to publicly say what (Dan Cathy) said. It’s not good for business.”