Dozens of people camp outside Chick-fil-A for free meals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At least 100 people camped outside of the new Chick-fil-A in northern Colorado Springs Wednesday night, all in hopes of scoring some free food.

“I would say you probably wouldn’t understand until you’ve tried it, and I would probably tell them to come to a warmer one first,” said Victoria Dudek, a camper.

Camping out in 20 degree weather all for a free meal might not make sense to some people, but for folks like John Dunham, who’s on his 16th Chick-fil-A giveaway, it’s personal.

“It was early in my wife and I’s marriage and I think it actually saved our marriage because we had an eating out budget of like $10 per month so having 52 free meals, we would go and split a combo meal,” said Dunham.

The meal giveaway guarantees the first 100 people in line one free meal a week at Chick-fil-A. It was an offer too good for Dudek, who has done this a time or two, to pass up.

“I love supporting them and its just a really fun event,” said Dudek. “I always get to meet lots of really cool people. It’s a great time for me to hang out with my friends.”

If you’re still scratching your head at the appeal of it all, there’s a sense of accomplishment for some.

“Camping out in the cold for 24 hours is worth it because its a challenge for one thing, and it’s exciting to have the 52 free meals,” said Dunham. “It saves some money.”

“My house is just over the hill, so this is a local restaurant,” said Russell Verhey, a camper. “We want to support the local restaurant but it’s also a place for our kids and friendships and community and maybe even get a date in with my wife.”

The restaurant is located at 301 Spectrum Loop, near the Bass Pro Shops off North Gate Boulevard.

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