A California city considers Chick-fil-A a public nuisance

Traffic in front of a California Chick-fil-A is so bonkers that local officials are considering declaring the insanely popular fast-food restaurant a “public nuisance.”

Officials in Santa Barbara said some motorists couldn’t even cross the street due to the massive lines at the restaurant’s drive-thru – choking traffic for hours.

“The city’s traffic engineer, police chief and community development director have evaluated the situation and believe that the ongoing traffic congestion on State Street is a public nuisance and that the nuisance caused by the operation of a drive-thru at Chick-fil-A restaurant,” it said in a city traffic study A report from CBS News.

The study found that the line of cars at the drive-through window blocked a lane on the public road for up to 90 minutes on weekdays — and 155 minutes on weekends.

People suggest the facility hire more people to reduce traffic.
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Kristen Sneddon is a member of the Santa Barbara City Council.
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“Chick-fil-A has a big problem here,” Santa Barbara City Council member Kristen Sneddon told the broadcaster. “They are so successful that they have outgrown themselves. It’s possible they were oversized for this site from the start.”

The council voted unanimously to move forward with the designation of a “public nuisance” but agreed to keep a public hearing on the move open until June 7.

Chick-fil-A, best known for its delicious chicken sandwiches, requested the delay to tune in before a final vote.

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The city’s traffic engineer, police chief, and community development director believe the sustained traffic is due to Chick-fil-A.

The Santa Barbara location opened in 2013 and is the chain’s only outlet in the city.

Travis Collins, who runs the restaurant, told CBS it “wants to be a good neighbor” and that he has one eye on increasing staff and considering traffic control agents to help resolve the issue. A California city considers Chick-fil-A a public nuisance


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