Free Chick-fil-A Prompts Tent City To Pop Up In The Cold

A tent city popped up at one Eastern Carolina city as dozens of people braved the frigid temperatures for some free food.

It happened at the Chick-fil-A on Highway 70 in Kinston, where the first 100 people into the new restaurant get free food for a year.

There were 44 tents in the parking lot in front of Lowe's Wednesday night and those in line had to cool it until Thursday morning. One couple from Florida told WITN News that this is their 66th time standing in line for a Chick-fil-A opening. Wednesday night there were 110 people in line, and a few of those were hoping ten people gave up overnight.

The line started at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning when the temperature in Kinston was only 16 degrees. Many of those have heaters inside their tents, while some have their tents decked out with recliners. Today's high was only 37°, while the low could bottom out around 21 tonight.

Many tell us this is one of the colder stakeouts for the free food that they can remember. Winners get a coupon book, good for 52 #1's...a Chick-Fil-A classic, with fries and a drink.

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