UPDATE Lab tests have shown that the piece was definitely chicken. See below.
So, this is going around… KFC supposedly served a customer a fried rat. He posted it on Facebook and the media sunk its teeth into it.
On the face of it, it’s stupid and clearly nonsense. But as we know well, the fact that it is so stupid guarantees that it gets spread immediately around social media for the gross-out factor alone. Such “news” is typically unconfirmed but it’s too entertaining not to share.
The latest KFC rumor was accompanied by a picture that screamed “share me”.
The claimant, Devorise Dixon, said the piece tasted funny and that when he brought it up to the manager, she admitted it was a rat. That information seems up for debate. KFC diligently attempted to follow up and what they got was Dixon refusing to cooperate.
So, they think it’s a hoax.
KFC gave Consumerist an updated statement on the situation saying the company believes the whole thing is a hoax.
“The images the customer originally posted do not include this second angle because it clearly shows it’s a piece of hand-breaded white meat chicken,” KFC’s spokeswoman says. “Based on this, and the fact that he refuses to allow anyone to see the product, we are left to believe that he intended to deceive the public with this hoax and we are considering all options. ”
It would be pretty damn hard to deep fry a rat, fur and all. You don’t see evidence that this is a rat. It’s a weird piece of chicken. Poor KFC, they have to face endless nasty rumors online.
But this appears to be a case of a customer either deliberately hoaxing or jumping to the very wrong conclusion and causing undue trouble. Instead of the customer suing (it’s said he retained a lawyer), KFC might want to take a stand against this kind of defamation. Oversharing on social media is a huge liability for businesses. People are not going to remember it was a hoax, they will just remember the disgust they felt upon thinking it might be. In fact, as Snopes knows, the fried rat trope is an old one.
UPDATE (22 June 2015): A third-party independent lab that tested the piece determined it was hand-breaded chicken. Just as KFC said all along. They have asked for Dixon to apologize and cease making false claims. Dixon had turned over the piece for testing. He seems to be standing firm on his claim that “he knows” what he bit into. Yeah… right. It’s hard to admit your were EXTRAORDINARILY wrong.