Oops! Chick-fil-A Drama Deals Blow to Chick-Felays

Canadian customers blast small Toronto-area chain
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2012 9:55 AM CDT
Updated Aug 12, 2012 11:58 AM CDT
Oops! Chick-fil-A Drama Deals Blow to Chick-Felays
Traffic clogs the parking lot at Chick-fil-A in Kinston, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Chick-fil-A supporters are eating at the chicken chain's restaurants as the company continues to be criticized for an executive taking a public position against same-sex marriage. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,...   (AP Photo/The Free Press, Zach Frailey)

The battle over Chick-fil-A and its president's thoughts on gay marriage has created an unwitting victim: Canada's Chick-Felays. The teeny Toronto-area chain has just four outposts, and definitely isn't serving up spicy chicken sandwiches and peach milkshakes—it combines Portuguese-style chicken with North African spices. But it's been the target of upset customers all the same, reports the Wall Street Journal.

"The servers were like, 'What’s going on?'" says Chick-Felays' founder. "I didn't have any idea what they were talking about. I was selling chicken." And some customers were ordering chicken ... then refusing to pay, and lambasting the "discriminatory" company. A customer finally clued the founder in, though he remains a little confused. "How can they mistake us, when it’s a completely different logo, different colors, different menu, different name?" (More Chick-Fil-A stories.)

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