Waldameer Food Question

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 9:56 PM

I guess the simple answer is, I don't want my money going toward groups that promote hate and intolerance. Chick-Fil-A has been known to give a significant portion of their proceeds to said groups, which speaks volumes about them as a company.

It sucks, because their food isn't half bad, but I'm not down with their business practices. I guess it's like voting with your dollars.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 11:32 PM

Al-Qaeda? The Klan? The Taliban? Who? Enquiring minds want to know where my waffle fry money is going to.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:33 AM

Trying to figure that out myself. I'm coming up empty, but I'm darn curious, by golly!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:38 AM

Well, since you asked. :) I know I'm going to catch some backlash for this.. Your waffle fry money goes to "Dr." James Dobson and his group Focus on the Family.

Nothing's inherently wrong with giving money to a religious organization, per se, especially if it is used to do some good, like feeding the homeless or whatever you wish. Unfortunately Focus on the Family seems to funnel their efforts into other things, like pushing for abstinence-only education, rallying against stem-cell research and offering counseling/education for those who might be experiencing same-sex thoughts.

They seem to have some good options, like help with drug abuse/addiction and counseling when tragedy strikes, but they still seem to be on a moral high-horse in society these days.

Not that I'm anti religion or anything of the sort, I just don't think forcing their values the way they do is in line with something I'm willing to monetarily support.

Edit: GAH. All this talk about waffle fries and chicken makes me miss eating there.

Last edited by Raven-Phile, Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:41 AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:51 AM

The anti-religion guy in me is thinking, "Good thing I don't care for Chik-Fil-A." Solid win! (for the record, the gay black man and the straight white man feel the same way...)

Chik-Fil-A annoys me a little because they send the "Eat More Chikin" cow to my kids' school pretty regularly to warp their little minds, hand out coupons and advertise to them directly.

"Dad, we should go to Chik-Fil-A because the stupid cow came and danced around our classroom and gave me a coupon." (Thank god, my kids aren't that stupid)

Maybe I should be pissed at the school, but it's more fun to direct my animosity towards a cow.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:53 AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:05 AM

Furthermore, there was a case in 2002, I believe, against C-F-A by a Muslim employee who didn't partake in the daily prayer (I'm assuming pre-opening for the day but I don't know for certain), and in turn was eventually terminated. I wish I knew more details, but I'm all for freedom of religion, and that kind of violates that...

Truett Cathy and family are devout Southern Baptists, and they aren't afraid to run their business as such, even if it means stepping on a few toes in the process. They used to come right out and say that the reason they are closed on Sunday is to glorify God, but they appear to have relaxed their stance on that these days, as the middle Truett explains on their website - Sunday is a day for our employees to take time to rest and spend time with their families, and whether or not that includes going to church, it's important for us all to take a day to ourselves. - Or something of that very nature. I wonder if there was a lawsuit surrounding that, if they were strongly encouraging church attendance or something.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:20 AM

There are several locally owned restaurants within a mile of waldameer.
At least 5 on Westlake rd (8th st) going west. Syds (casual features fish) Valerios (italian,pizza) Pittsbugh Inn (steak,sandwiches) and yes the building is black and gold. Alto cucina (upscale italian) and indian restaurant that I can rember the name of! On 12th st there is a japanese steakhouse( Hibachi) to the west and El Canelos (mexican) to the east. There are a few chains around but I prefer to eat local when I travel.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:30 AM

As for the park food. Get your made on the spot funnel cakes, cotton candy,
candy apples and a few other treats but skip the burgers,dogs and pizza.
Presque isle superette just outside the south gate has a 9" sub and fries for $3.50.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:04 AM

In our town a bunch of drag queens went to the Cracker Barrel and sat in the rockers on the porch, greeting everybody who came and went.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 10:26 AM

I've said it before, I'll say it again. Every Chick-Fil-A should have a Chick-Fell-A-Tio nearby. As a moral counterbalance. ;)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 10:54 AM

Mamoosh said:
Not to put politics into the mix but Cracker Barrel has a long history of gay and racial discrimination in its hiring/firing practices and has been sued many, many times for such practices. I refuse to spend money at the chain because of this.

According to this, the boycott "officially" ended back in 2002:


Though I'm with Moosh on this one - I'll probably never eat there. I mean come on, isn't the term "Cracker" racist against whites? ;)

And back on the original topic - I agree, the food at Waldameer is marginal at best. I'm happy to see that they are upping the ride experience there. A little attention to improving the food and it would be a slam dunk.

Last edited by TiggerMan, Wednesday, June 10, 2009 10:57 AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:24 PM

Never knew that about Cracker Barrel. Only eaten there once and wasn't that impressed. I only mentioned because I remembered seeing it last year.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:39 PM

TiggerMan said:

I mean come on, isn't the term "Cracker" racist against whites? ;)

Ha ha, you said what I was thinking...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:42 PM

I don't understand why being called "cracker" is supposed to offend me. Is it because saltines are white or something?

Racism is stupid.

I used to eat a Cracker Barrel a lot with my Mom's church, but stopped going when I read about their anti-gay crap. I never heard about Chik-fil-a's dicketry, and as of today, I am not going to ever go again. Thanks for the info.

Damn Homophobes...lol

Edit - Made Chik-fil-a possessive and added the word "dicketry" to make my post a little more clear.

Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, June 11, 2009 5:34 PM
Thursday, June 11, 2009 12:13 AM

No problem, man. I'm just doin' my part. :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009 3:28 PM

^^ Then again, it could be said that of the million plus abortions performed each year in this country, just by the law of averages, tens of thousands of them would be gay people.

Just stirrin' the pot.

Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:06 PM

I have another question. I noticed on the parks website that they have a "no alcohol" policy on the firework nights. Do they sell beer there on regular night?

Not that I plan on getting tanked in the park. If available, I may have a beer or two prior to closing each night.


Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:03 PM

They don't actually sell alcohol anywhere in the park that I know of. You can carry in coolers of alcohol to the picnic areas, except for on Firework nights. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Friday, June 12, 2009 7:32 PM

That should work, since my cottage is right next door to the park. I can sit on my porch and watch the lights of the rides with a few beers.

I also extended my trip today from three nights to four. I figured I might as well, since the wife and kids also want go to the Beach and Zoo. Not to mention I like these old cottage feel.


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