There has to be a better way to save a buck at Chick-fil-A

By Mike Pomranz
February 23, 2018
Photo by the Boston Globe via Getty Images

Few fast food chains command the fervent following that Chick-fil-A does. But no matter how bad you need your chicken fix, some plans go too far. For one, you shouldn’t impersonate a federal agent in a futile attempt to get a discount on your order. It’s a lesson a woman in Georgia learned the hard way.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the incident happened on July 5 when Tara Marie Solem used the drive-through at a Chick-fil-A in Marietta, Georgia, and requested a discount by saying she was a federal agent. She was rejected, but instead of leaving it at that, she allegedly went inside and began loudly arguing with the staff, including cursing within the vicinity of children. Police say she even went so far as to flash a silver badge in a black wallet. Apparently, Chick-fil-A’s policy is that discounts are only for uniformed officers, but Solem reportedly had an answer for that as well: “She stated that she was undercover and that for them asking her to be in uniform would blow her cover and possible [sic] get her killed,” a warrant stated.

As if that’s not bad enough, Solem apparently continued to fight for the discount on her undisclosed meal by calling the Chick-fil-A corporate office to complain, giving the name “Agent Solem” in the process. During the call, police claim that she switched up her story, saying that she wasn’t a federal agent, but instead was an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. Officers say they checked with the GBI, which said it didn’t have an “Agent Solem,” and apparently the jig was up.

Solem was arrested and booked into Cobb County jail and has since been charged with two felony counts of impersonating and officer, according to court documents. She was also reportedly banned by a judge from ever returning to that particular Chick-fil-A, though why would you want to go back to a restaurant that’s so stingy with its discounts?

And for the record, the Journal-Constitution reached out to Chick-fil-A’s corporate offices to ask about the company’s discount policy. The spokesman said that each restaurant is allowed to set its own rules. Apparently, in Marietta, that doesn’t include discounts for fake federal or state agents. Maybe they have a better policy for fake firewomen? Or maybe even a fake President of the United States?