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People Keep Lining Up For Fast Food, This Time at Chick-Fil-A in Pasadena

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Chick-Fil-A's expansion into Pasadena draws huge crowds.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

People are out there just losing their goddamn minds over a national food chain again. This time, the culprit is Chick-Fil-A, the conservative-leaning Southern fried chicken sandwich emporium, which already enjoys a couple of outposts across the city, most notably in Hollywood.

As of today, there's a shiny new Chick-Fil-A open in Pasadena, located along Colorado Boulevard in what used to be a Burger King (ouch). And apparently, a whole bunch of insane determined fans of the brand have been lining up for days in anticipation. Of course, there's more at stake than just the quiet pride of knowing that you've left an indelible legacy on a fast food chain by being the first one in a given location to give them your money: the first 100 customers at any new Chick-Fil-A get free food for a year.

It's important to keep in mind that these aren't poor, underserved folks desperate to earn a full meal for 365 days in a row; it's mostly people with a lot of time on their hands. Look at this guy:

All that lining up has certainly helped to solidify Chick-Fil-A's presence in town, tucked right next to Pasadena City College. And for a handful of determined... sitters... it's earned them a bunch of fried chicken sandwiches. And if you're thinking about trying to catch a spot in line before the first hundred people show up to claim their free food, don't bother. Raffled tickets are given away days ago, and the first hundred through the door earned their prize around 6 a.m.

See, aren't you glad you stayed in bed?

Chick-Fil-A Pasadena
1700 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106