The Founder of Chick-fil-A Lays Out Some Old-Fashioned Discipline

Truett Cathy is a saint. When the Chick-fil-A founder saw that his home in New Smyrna Beach had been vandalized — to the extent of $30,000 — he chose not to press charges against the preteen girls responsible for the destruction. Instead, the 87-year-old met with the girls, their parents, and the police and settled on a punishment that fit his style.

For their misdeed, the girls must write the sentence “I will not vandalize other people’s property,” a thousand times. They cannot watch television or play video games at all for six months. And they must read a “good book” for three hours every day and send Cathy a book report a week for thirteen straight weeks.

I wish that I could say that I would have shown such compassion toward the first-time perpetrators had I been in Truett Cathy’s place, but I am not so sure. Cathy was well within his right to have the girls prosecuted for their crime, but instead, he decided to teach them a valuable lesson about respecting others. We could all learn from the gracious example set forth by Truett Cathy.


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