Planet China

Take her away

A meat scare earlier this year wasn’t helpful for KFC’s sales in China. So news from Sichuan that a customer has chosen to spend an entire week at one of its restaurants might have KFC shareholders hopeful that a corner has been turned.

But not so fast, points out Western China Metropolis Daily. The 26 year-old female isn’t eating much chicken, and is using the 24-hour restaurant in Chengdu North Railway Station more as a place to camp out. She took up residence earlier this month, with miffed staff describing her as uncommunicative and prone to sleeping on the table at night.

Police have been called but say they cannot take her away as she hasn’t done anything illegal. In the meantime netizens have been speculating about her state of health – she alternates between laughter and tears – and are worried that she isn’t suitably attired for the approaching winter. Reporters repeatedly questioned her, finally getting an answer to why the girl was behaving so strangely. Apparently, she’d just been dumped by her boyfriend. KFC must be hoping her tale won’t see other spurned girlfriends indulging in copycat behaviour at other of its restaurants.

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