PHOTO: Rebecca Johns looks on as her daughter shows off her cow costume at the Brentwood Chick Fil A on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.//Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
Carl Johnson lives in Antioch, but the Brentwood Chick-fil-A team members know him as a regular customer.
On the restaurant’s Cow Appreciation Day, Johnson received a free meal even though he wasn’t attired in the required cow garb.
He boasted a costume that was more than skin deep: a bovine valve in his heart.
“Although I didn’t dress up like a cow, I went to great lengths to get a cow valve in my heart,” Johnson said.
Born with a smaller heart valve than normal, Johnson received the bovine valve during a procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Johnson, a huge fan of the fast-casual chain, said employees know his story because he has eaten there many times in the past, and has even brought “documentation” of his procedure.
Chick-fil-A celebrated their 14th Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday, where patrons who dress in bovine attire- spots, cowbells, and “Eat More Chikin” signs, for example- receive a free entree throughout the day.
Three of the four Williamson County locations were busy before noon, while the Cool Springs Galleria location had the shortest lines.
Watch the video below to sample how Williamson County residents celebrated the annual Chick-fil-A holiday.