Oh, the silliness of it all. I was wondering how Chik-Fil-A, a reliably sensible company, got involved. Here’s how:

On Wednesday, Sept. 19 CAT and the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 412 Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh will be sponsoring a ?Stuff the Bus Food Drive? for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Citizens are asked to bring two non-perishable food items (no glass containers) to the CAT vehicle that will be parked on Fayetteville Street across from Chick-fil-A. Donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People donating food items will receive a free Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich with no purchase necessary

In other words, counter to the impression given by the first paragraphs, you’re not getting a free Chik-Fil-A sandwich just for hoppin’ on the bus.

About the ice cream; who is this giveaway for, exactly? The opening says “CAT is encouraging citizens to leave their cars at home and try public transportation,” but:

Tuesday, Sept. 18, will be Riders Appreciation Day. CAT will be giving out free ice cream to bus riders at the Moore Square Transit Station from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or until the ice cream lasts

So unless you non-drivers-for-a-day also plan to hop on the bus in the early afternoon, that incentive isn’t for you, either.

This struck me as funny:

CAT would be nothing without its drivers

Without drivers, we’d have no one on the buses sometimes!

And then there’s this:

Saturday, Sept. 22, which is also World Car Free Day

Who says? I say it’s World Cars Are Better Than Horse Crap Festering in the Streets Day.