KFC dealing with irresponsible claim about fried rat (UPDATE: Chicken)

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.

 

Not a rat. It's really chicken. Photo by Devorise Dixon.

Not a rat. It’s really chicken. Photo by Devorise Dixon.

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.

Customer Claims California KFC Served Him Deep-Fried Rat

“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.

KFC is the victim in a sad hoax regarding injured child

How do chickens with eight legs cross the road? Litigiously.

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.

  13 comments for “KFC dealing with irresponsible claim about fried rat (UPDATE: Chicken)

  1. RayG
    June 18, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Should be pretty easy to verify. The formula of the batter is unique to KFC. Test it. Then sue the claimant for being an idiot.

  2. RayG
    June 18, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    OR- just open it up to see if it’s a rat at all…

  3. June 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Damn. When a FB friend of mine posted this nonsense a few days ago, this post wasn’t up yet. Nor anything on snopes. I pointed out that it’s an obvious hoax but I don’t think she believed me.

    Interestingly, the photo was of the same “rat” at the same angle, but on a serviette, not a KFC box. Maybe the OP figured later that the KFC box would make it more credible.

  4. padego
    June 18, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Reminds me of one of my favourite Blackadder episodes….

  5. jockmcdock
    June 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    There you go, applying common sense again…

    Using a few simple tests would stop a great (but ridiculous) story in its tracks. Strange how Mr Dixon didn’t want to co-operate.

    I smell a rat.

  6. Mike C.
    June 18, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Reminds me of some Firesign Theater from “Nick Danger and the Case of the Missing Yolk”
    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY-FOI-9SOE&w=854&h=510%5D

  7. June 18, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    I would not call people “idiots”. In fact, if you do, your comment goes to moderation so I suggest you not do that.

    We do not know if this guy just irresponsibly overreacted or was being deliberate in troublemaking. Our oversharing OUTRAGE culture encourages this sort of stuff.

  8. Steve
    June 18, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Where is the bite mark? The item in question looks untouched.

  9. Nash
    June 18, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    I first heard the KFC serving a customer a rat story about 40 years ago.

  10. June 18, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Break the alleged tail piece off and see if contains vertebrae. No vertebrae, no rat. QED.

  11. One Eyed Jack
    June 18, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Considering how absolutely horrible KFC food is, deep fried rat would be a step up. This story can only improve their public image.

  12. June 19, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Sorry, I am a lifelong fried chicken lover. I don’t find their food “horrible”. So, thumbs down.

  13. Russian Skeptic
    June 20, 2015 at 2:53 AM

    Hardly looks like a rat at all. I suppose it’s the thing which you call pareidolia. Not to mention that the size is apparently wrong – it could be a mouse at best (no, it isn’t!).

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