A father's Facebook post about an act of kindness he witnessed at a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Tennessee has been shared over 120,000 times and caught headlines the world over. When Joey Mustain took his daughter out to eat, he saw the manager hand over a meal to a homeless man in exchange for a prayer.
"I took Stella to Chick-fil-A today. It's our normal daddy/daughter spot. It's clean, so good, and the playground has a tractor beam on her the moment she sees it," said Mustain in the post.
As they were eating ice-cream, a homeless man walked in: "Mud was wet and caked on his well-traveled [sic] shoes. His hair was matted, and his beard wasn't a statement as much as it was a necessity and a sign that he doesn't get to shave as often as most of us do."
People seemed wary of the man, who waited to see the manager. According to Mustain: "All I could pick up on of the conversation was the manager saying that he'd love to give him a full, warm meal –not just scraps or extras – and the only thing he required was that the man let him pray with him."
"As busy as they were, the manager stopped then and there, laid his hand on the man, and proceeded to pray. I heard love in that prayer. The homeless man wasn't some untouchable stain on business. He was the reason that store opened its doors this morning (or any morning)."
Chick-fil-A came under fire in 2012 after their president made comments about being opposed to equal marriage and said he was supportive of "the biblical definition of the family unit". It had previously emerged that Chick-fil-A was donating money to groups hostile to gay rights.