Baby Born in Chick-fil-A Bathroom Gets Free Food for Life

She even has a job offer for when she turns 14.
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July 23, 2018
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Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin has a job offer and a promise of free food for life from Chick-fil-A—and she’s not even a week old yet. She was, however, born in the bathroom of a San Antonio, Texas Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Last week, parents Robert and Falon Griffin headed to the hospital to have their third baby, making a quick stop to drop off their older daughters with a friend outside their favorite fast food restaurant, Chick-fil-A. Falon, suddenly finding herself in active labor, needed to use the restroom, and the restaurant manager let her in—even though it was 10 p.m. and they’d already closed for the day. (Good man!)

Robert packed his older kids into his friend’s car and walked back into the restaurant, only to be told by the manger, “She’s screaming.” He raced into the restroom and saw his daughter’s head emerging. “Sweetie,” he said, “we are gonna have to do this right here, right now.”

The hero-of-the-day manager called 911 and brought them clean towels while Robert delivered the baby himself. The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck twice and he unwrapped it without alerting or alarming his wife, then wrapped newborn Gracelyn Mae Violet in his t-shirt. Chick-fil-A employees warmed up towels for the baby and kept bringing them in to keep her toasty. Fifteen minutes later, the paramedics arrived.

Robert later described the whole ordeal in detail on Facebook.

Gracelyn’s parents were already huge fans of the restaurant—they’d even bought Gracelyn a “Little Nugget” onesie a few months earlier. But now their connection is even stronger. The franchise owner of the San Antonio Chick-fil-A offered the family free Chick-fil-A for the rest of their lives, and promised Gracelyn a job at age 14 if she wants it. Naturally, the Griffins are already planning to throw her first birthday party there.

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