Chick-fil-A Upgrades a Birthday

The sweet child of mine who was just a wee lassie moments ago is now a beautiful young woman in university and celebrated her 19th birthday on Saturday.

This seems absolutely impossible.  Let this be a warning to moms of little ones: it really does go faster than you can imagine.  It really is a good think to keep in mind at 1 a.m. when they are up for the third time, and you can’t see straight any more.

Because she was far away for her big day, I wanted to do something special.

Of course, I sent an awesome gift, texted as soon as I awoke (well after 8 a.m.), posted on Facebook, and made the singing phone call later in the day.

But everyone does those things.

When she was home for winter break, the girl had confided in me that chicken in the dining hall would taste better with Chick-fil-A‘s uniquely awesome buffalo sauce and that packets would be the best way for this to happen because they would be easier to transport than a large bottle.

I remembered this on Tuesday morning and did a search on Amazon and Google.

No luck.

I decided to use social media to get some info and tweeted to @chickfila, “Can I purchase yourbuffalo sauce packets somewhere? My daughter loves them and wants to take them to her campus dining all.”

Someone tweeted back!

The tweeter suggested that I call a local Chick-fil-A to discuss my request.

Google searched, phone number retrieved, and store called.

Me: Hi! Could I speak to a manager about purchasing some of your buffalo sauce packets? My daughter would love to be able to have the sauce in her dining hall on a regular basis. It’s her birthday on Saturday, and I thought it would make a nice gift.

Sweet Chick-fil-A employee: Please hold.  Wait – what?

I patiently repeated myself because it is an odd request.

Sweet Chick-fil-A employee: Hang on. Let me talk to someone.


Sweet Chick-fil-A employee: Hello? So…how many packets were you thinking?

Me: I’m not sure…I guess 50 to 100…it’s a silly gift, but I thought it would be fun.

Sweet Chick-fil-A employee: Not a problem. We can’t sell them to you, but we would love to give your daughter this cool gift for her birthday.  Give me her name, and I will make a bag for her.

Wow.  Wow. Wow.  I was so thrilled.  I am used to hearing, “I’m sorry; we can’t do that.”  Instead, I was told, “We can’t do what you are asking, but we can do something even better!”

I told the girl she had to go to the Chick-fil-A near campus before Saturday as there was a surprise waiting for her.

chickThe Chick-fil-A staff had put together a birthday bag with packets, a t-shirt, and some “free food” coupons along with a card wishing the girl a happy birthday.

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