KFC is reportedly mulling legal action against a Hitler-themed fried chicken restaurant in Thailand that actually doesn’t exist.
The future is now.
Indeed, a representative from KFC parent company Yum! Brands told the Huffington Post on Friday that they were considering suing the KFC-inspired Hitler fried chicken restaurant that was profiled by the Daily Mail on July 5. As reported by the always vigilant Mail:
Londoner Andrew Spooner, who spotted the takeaway, tweeted: ‘Very bizarre Hitler Fried Chicken shop in Thailand. I kid you not. Complete with pic of Hitler in bow tie.
Alan Robertson, 43, who lives in Bangkok, said: ‘The place opened last month and nobody quite knows what to make of it.
‘I went in for a bite last week and got some fried chicken, which was pretty good, and asked the guy behind the counter why it was called Hitler.
‘He just shrugged his shoulders and said the owners had thought it was good image.’
But, as Bangkok writer Matt Crook points out on his blog, the photo tweeted by Andrew Spooner was actually first uploaded to joke site Amusing Thailand in March 2012. And according to a ThaiVisa thread, the restaurant was in Ubon Ratchathani, not Bangkok, and it closed its doors a long time ago.
“So how did so many people get so many things wrong with this story? It pretty much comes down to laziness. Thailand gets a lot of bad press for all kinds of reasons, but this is one of those times when it’s the journos who have well and truly bodged it up,” writes Crook, in his eloquently titled post A bucket full of fail: How the world’s journos fudged Thailand fried chicken story.
We at Coconuts Bangkok will do our best to keep you abreast of this “story.”