Family tries to take photo with Chick-fil-A mascot. But when he suddenly takes off head—jaws drop

The family thought it would be fun to take a photo with the mascot but little did they know.
February 2, 2018 10:32 am Last Updated: February 2, 2018 10:32 am

A trip to a fast food restaurant—and a photo op with a mascot—turned into an unforgettable moment for one family.

Brandy Rodriguez, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, was a few months pregnant—and missing her husband, Antonio, a U.S. Army soldier who was currently deployed.

But while the couple was separated, Rodriguez took solace in spending time with her other family members. On the morning of January 24, she went out with her in-laws to get breakfast at Chick-fil-A.

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Also in the restaurant was the chain’s cow mascot. The joke of the restaurant’s advertising campaign is that the cows are urging you to “eat mor chiken,” instead of eating them, and they’ve become a popular part of the brand.

So the family decided it would be fun to take a photo with the mascot.

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But as they posed, something unexpected happened:

The cow started taking off his head.

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The family looked confused—but then Brandy was stunned when she realized who was actually in that cow costume.

It was Antonio, returning home from deployment!

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Brandy had no idea her husband would be home so soon. It was all a surprise, set up by her family with help from the restaurant.

The reunited couple kissed, and when everyone in the restaurant figured out what was happening, they burst into applause.

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The soldier was glad to be back with his family—who helped him out of that cow suit, which he was wearing over his uniform.

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It was a special moment for everyone—and the restaurant was glad they could help make it happen.

“At Chick-fil-A, we love the military,” Chick-fil-A marketing director DeniseWindsor told ABC11.

“Any chance that we can get to help make special moments for them, it’s our pleasure.”

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Watch the surprise video below:

Brandy Rodriguez, an Army wife and mom-to-be, got quite the surprise after breakfast with her in-laws at Chick fil A Skibo Road Wednesday morning. A Fort Bragg soldier’s special homecoming you have to see: http://abc11.com/2989900/ Welcome back from deployment, Antonio! Thank you all for your service and sacrifice.

Posted by Andrea Blanford on Thursday, January 25, 2018