How far would you go to satisfy a fast food craving? A group of college athletes went to unusual lengths this weekend.
WTEN reports the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute cross country track team wanted to get Chick-fil-A for lunch on Saturday, but the closest restaurant to the Troy, N.Y., campus is an hour and a half drive away. There is a Chick-fil-A inside the Albany International Airport, a much closer trip, but customers have to get past the security checkpoint to reach the fried chicken eatery.
So they bought a plane ticket.
According to ABC News, RPI team captain Vincent Putrino and the rest of the team put their money together to buy the cheapest one-way plane ticket available, just so Putrino could go pick up lunch for the whole team. Eighteen team members pitched in $5.50 each to buy a $98 ticket to Fort Lauderdale and Putrino went to the airport, passed through security, ordered food for the whole team, and brought it back to his teammates.
The meal, which included 15 chicken sandwiches, 13 orders of chicken nuggets and 15 large fries, cost $227.28. The total bill, including the plane ticket, cost each person about $18.
Chick-fil-A has been named America’s favorite fast food restaurant for 4 years in a row, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The restaurant chain has recently expanded into Upstate New York, with locations near Buffalo and Syracuse.
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