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Twitteratis dub KFC conman ‘legend’ for eating free for a year

The arrested student went to KFC outlets and claimed that he was sent by the company’s headquarters to ensure quality standards were being met.

May 14, 2019 / 01:08 PM IST
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Jagyaseni Biswas

A 27-year-old man was recently arrested in South Africa for eating at various Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlets for free for a year. He managed to pull this off not by stealing but by conning the staff at the food chain. He would tell the employees that he was sent by the headquarters to conduct a quality check.

The youth, whose name and identity have not been disclosed, was a student of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He would barge into KFC outlets and claim that he represented the company’s headquarters to ensure quality standards were being met. He used the same narrative everywhere and got away with free KFC.

The news of his con went viral after Kenyan journalist Teddy Eugene shared it on his official Twitter handle. He captioned the tweet: “South African man arrested for eating at KFC free for a year by saying head office sent him to taste if they are up to standard.”

The thread became viral in no time. It has been retweeted 17,439 times and had over 39,000 likes at the time of filing.

The Twitter users are far from criticising him. They cannot get over the fact that it was so easy to fool the KFC staff and that the man could pull off the act for a whole year before he was caught. In fact, some have even dubbed him a “legend”.



Jagyaseni Biswas
first published: May 14, 2019 01:08 pm

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