Chick-fil-A locations offer free food for coins amid national shortage

Workers at a Chick-fil-A deliver meals to customers in their vehicles at the car window after the restaurant closed its seats indoors in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic on March 20, 2020 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

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Two Chick-fil-A locations have gotten creative in tackling coin shortages in restaurants, offering free food in exchange for $ 10 in exchange.

Restaurants in Huntsville, Alabama and Lynchburg, Virginia announced the special offer to bring $ 10 in exchange and set a limit of 10 swaps per customer.

The Huntsville location recently posted on Facebook that it now has enough coins to last for the next few weeks, but there may have to be another day to bring coins soon.

“We can’t say this enough, but we have the best clients,” says the publication. “Thanks to all of you, we were able to get enough coins to last us a couple of weeks.”

Lynchburg Chick-fil-A posted online that they will have a similar offer on Wednesday from 9-11am and 2-4pm.

The Huntsville location specified a free sandwich card, while the Lynchburg restaurant post listed multiple options. Lynchburg participants will receive a coupon for a free fried or roasted chicken sandwich or eight-unit chicken nuggets.

Both locations will give participants $ 10 in bills and the card, which means that food is free as a result of participating in the offer.

Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Both locations attributed the need for change to a national currency shortage, which has been linked to less money flowing through the economy as a result of coronavirus-related closings, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said. , in June. The state-imposed business closings caused a slowdown in the rate at which cash and physical currencies are exchanged like many online payment systems used.

The US Mint, which makes coins, in a statement last week called on the American public to start spending or depositing their coins to help maintain supply.