Chick-fil-A Owner Declines Homeless Man’s Offer to Work For Food and Gives Him Something Even Better
Mark Meadows is no stranger to the public eye, but not because he wants attention. The local owner of a Birmingham, AL, Chick-fil-A, Meadows is known around those parts for being something of a Good Samaritan.
Last year, for instance, when the “Snowpocalypse” blanketed parts of Alabama with snow and stranded motorists along Highway 280, Meadows distributed chicken sandwiches and chicken biscuits free of charge to drivers stuck in their cars.
And last Wednesday, when a young man came in from the cold and asked if he could do some chores in exchange for food, Meadows didn't hesitate to help.
A customer caught the incident, snapped a photo, uploaded it to Facebook, and has made Meadows famous once again for his generous heart:
The caption below the photo reads:
"I'm a Chick-fil-A fan and have been for years. I trust the food for my son and support companies that are founded on Christian beliefs.
What I saw today just confirms why this chain is so successful — God blesses His people.
My son and I were at the location on Highway 280 in Birmingham, AL when a man came in to escape the 35 degree temps and strong winds with all of his earthly possessions strapped to his back.
Most businesses would force him out, but I watched as the manager walked up to him and asked if he could do anything for him. Before the man could even answer, the manager asked if he had a pair of gloves and walked to the table at which he'd been sitting and picked up his own. As he handed the man his gloves, he asked another employee to get him something to eat.
It was wonderful to see your employees being the hands and feet of Jesus, and that my son was able to witness it all. Thank you for putting your money where your mouth is.
Edit: I just learned this man is the owner and that makes it even better IMO."
When AL.com asked Meadows why he was always lending a hand to his customers, Meadows didn't seem to think he did anything special:
“I just did the right thing,” he said. “I'm simply awe struck about all this attention.”
People who know Meadows personally have spoken up on the store location's Facebook page, sharing that this is typical behavior from the 25-year owner/operator:
Meadows may not feel like his actions are extraordinary, but it is certainly clear that he's touched his community in an amazing way.