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​KFC Staff Caught 'Smuggling Chicken' Into Restaurant After Delivery Issue Closes Branches

Jess Hardiman

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​KFC Staff Caught 'Smuggling Chicken' Into Restaurant After Delivery Issue Closes Branches

Featured Image Credit: Danny Mercer

You may have heard the uproar about KFC shops being forced to close after a delivery blunder left them all outta chicken. We know, sad times for fried chicken lovers (i.e. most people).

KFC released a statement on Twitter, which said: "We've brought a new delivery partner on board, but they've had a couple of teething problems - getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex! We won't compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu, or shortened hours.

"Shout out to our restaurant teams who are working flat out to get us back up and running again."

Well, it turns out some staff were perhaps a bit more eager than others, with two men in KFC uniforms caught on camera lifting crates out of the back of a Volvo and into the back of a restaurant in Erith in south-east London - that's right, something that looked suspiciously like they might have been smuggling chicken in.


The staff were filmed by Danny Mercer, who believes they were trying to implement a back-up plan to get chicken to the people. He also claims he was told to 'fuck off' by the employees when they clocked him filming.

Mercer told Kent Live : "I got KFC in Erith shut down because I caught them on videos smuggling raw chicken into the back of the restaurant out of the back of a car in black bags and boxes and unrefrigerated.

"Turns out there has been a delivery problem nationwide for all KFC restaurants.

"But I guess the manager of KFC in Erith took it into his own hands to get chicken."

The Erith branch was still reportedly open when the video was taken on Saturday, before closing later on that day with a message pinned on the door that read: "We deliver our chicken fresh into our restaurant but we've had a few hiccups with the delivery today.

"We wouldn't want to open without offering our full menu but we'll be back at the fryers as soon as we can!"

Credit: Danny Mercer
Credit: Danny Mercer

While the contents of the crates aren't visible, Mercer can be heard in the video claiming that 'they're smuggling chickens in their Volvo'.

He also added: "That's health and safety down the drain isn't it mate?"

The Mirror reports that KFC said it is aware of the video and investigating.

Mercer explained that the workers had already taken in around 'six black bags from the boot' before he started filming.

He said: "The bags were not in boxes like the one on the video, they were bulging and gloopy shaped.

"When the guy in the video looks at me he's actually telling me to fuck off. They then told me to stop recording about half hour later.

"I will never eat KFC again."

Courier company DHL has since apologised for the KFC chicken shortage, saying in a statement: "Due to administrative issues a number of deliveries have been incomplete or delayed.

"We are doing our utmost to rectify the situation as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Topics: Food, UK News, News, Food And Drink, KFC

Jess Hardiman
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