After 48 years, a man finally opens a mystery gift given to him by his ex-girlfriend.

It’s a good thing he waited. It was pretty inappropriate.

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There are few things in life that hurt more than your first break up. Is it because you’re young? Is it because it’s the first time you’ve opened yourself up? Is it because it’s the first time you’ve felt that debilitating combination of rejection and loss?

First breakups are hard to get over and no one ever forgets that feeling.

In 1970, 17-year-old Adrian Pearce was looking forward to Christmas vacation when his first girlfriend, Vicky Allen, dumped him. While she was breaking up with him, she gave him a present which the heartbroken Peace refused to open.

“After my family opened their gifts at Christmas, there was still one Christmas gift left and it’s the gift this girl Vicki had given me,” Pearce told Global News Canada.

“I told my family I’m never going to open that present,” Pearce told Huffington Post. “I kept it initially because I guess I had hopes that we would get back together and open it together.”

Pearce and Allen would never get back together again. but every year, he kept placing the gift beneath his tree. As the years went by, Peace got married and had kids, but he wouldn’t open the gift. His children begged him to do it, but he always refused.

Eventually, Peace’s wife — tired of having the relic of a bygone relationship beneath the tree every Christmas — asked him to stop bringing it out. So every year, Pearce would secretly take the blue package out of storage, reminisce about his days as a teenager in love, and then put it away.

In 2017, Pearce posted a photo of the unopened gift on Facebook and it quickly went viral. He vowed to open it up on Christmas 2020 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his breakup.

But because his story went viral last year, Pearce decided to open it up two years early and sold tickets to the event as a benefit for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, a charity that provides holiday meals for families in need.

Pearce and Vicki reunited for the opening of the present. “I think it’s absolutely fantastic that we’re friends,” he said. “We’re in a fantastic place, where all you can feel is love.”

Ironically, the gift she gave him was a small paperback book, “Love Is: New Ways To Spot That Certain Feeling,” containing sayings about love, cartoons, and poems.

So, all in all, maybe it’s good that Pearce waited so long to open that gift. Giving a guy a book about love and then dumping him is a pretty cold-blooded move, especially on Christmas.

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Chick-fil-A is the third-largest fast food chain in America, behind McDonald's and Starbucks, raking in over $10 billion a year.

But for years, the company has faced boycotts for supporting anti-LGBT charities, including the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

The Salvation Army faced criticism after a leader in the organization implied that gay people "deserve to die" and the company also came under fire after refusing to offer same-sex couples health insurance. But the organization swears it's evolving on such issues.

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes explicitly announced it was anti gay marriage in a recent "Statement of Faith."

God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is "rage against Jesus Christ and His values."

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In 2012, Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, made anti same-sex marriage comments on a radio broadcast:

I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage". I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

But the chicken giant has now decided to change it's says its charitable donation strategy because it's bad for business...Not because being homophobic is wrong.

The company recently lost several bids to provide concessions in U.S. airports. A pop-up shop in England was told it would not be renewed after eight days following LGBTQ protests.

Chick-fil-A also has plans to expand to Boston, Massachusetts where its mayor, Thomas Menino, pledged to ban the restaurant from the city.

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"There's no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are," Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. "There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message."

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Instead, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9 million to organizations that support education and fight homelessness. Which is commendable regardless of the company's troubled past.

"If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families," Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response, said in a statement.

Chick-fil-A's decision to back down from contributing to anti-LGBT charities shows the power that people have to fight back against companies by hitting them where it really hurts — the pocket book.

The question remains: If you previously avoided Chick-fil-A because it supported anti-LGBT organizations, is it now OK to eat there? Especially when Popeye's chicken sandwich is so good people will kill for it?


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