Across the United States, some police officers have received a less than a warm welcome at their local restaurants.
In Conroe, Texas, however, one restaurant is sending a very clear message to members of law enforcement, and it's likely one that won't leave them scrambling for an apology:
In an image posted to Facebook on Friday, Chick-fil-A employees at the College Park location in Conroe are seen wearing uniforms reading “Back the Blue” across the back.
It's a message that - as location manager Eli tells IJ.com - has a two-fold purpose. In addition to supporting neighboring Lone Star College, which has blue as its foremost color, it's also a sign of solidarity with law enforcement:
“We're supporting those everyday heroes that protect us. There are [police officer] regulars that eat here all the time, and we just want them to know that.”
It's not the first time Chick-fil-A has shown support for their 'brothers in blue,' either.
In various locations across the U.S., they've allowed police to host a 'story time' for small children, reportedly suspended sales as a fallen officer's funeral procession passed by, and - in stores across Utah, the chain hosted fundraisers to support the families of fallen officers.
For all of the controversy that Chick-fil-A often finds itself embroiled in, it's refreshing to see that they're still unafraid to take a stand for those they see as heroes.