There’s nothing like a new trendy food item to get a crowd to line up. People love to try whatever the latest tasty treat is, and right now that treat is Popeyes chicken sandwich. The fast food chain is selling out of the sandwich in restaurants nationwide, but that isn’t stopping people from lining up just in case they can snag one before they’re all gone. With all those people gathering in one spot, it provides the perfect opportunity to reach a big group all at once. A teen in North Carolina saw that opportunity and took it for a really good cause.
High school senior David Ledbetter registered people to vote while they waited in line at Popeyes.
The 17-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina native is a volunteer for Stephanie Sneed, who is currently running for school board. The school board election is still a couple of months away, but there is a congressional special election in Charlotte on Sept. 10. Ledbetter wanted to make sure that people are registered for that election, and so he and the Stephanie Sneed campaign team went to Popeyes to talk to people waiting in line.
Ledbetter said that they received a mostly positive response from people who were happy to get some help with voter registration.
Ledbetter told HuffPost, “It felt good to do a service to the community, to engage them in a political way.”
He’s especially passionate about engaging other young people like himself in politics. He said to HuffPost:
“I think it’s very important because that’s the way to exercise your opinion, especially those who want to improve the local community, where decisions made impact the people directly. I have a passion for increasing young people’s involvement. The youth is the future, and I believe we should amend some of these political views and subjects and aid the youth in their upcoming years.”
Ledbetter isn’t even old enough to vote yet, but he’s already using his energy to promote positive engagement. Even the people of Charlotte couldn’t get their hands on a chicken sandwich, at least they were able to be a part of the growth of their community.
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