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KFC Employee Fired For Licking Mashed Potatoes

KFC Employee Fired

Johnson City, TN – Kentucky Fried Chicken’s former slogan was “Finger Lickin’ Good.” It appears an employee of the fast food chicken chain took it literally.

The Johnson City Pressreports an unnamed employee at a local KFC on North Roan Street decided to take a candid, unappetizing pose popularly dubbed “potato lickin’.” The woman is seen caressing a metal tub of whipped potatoes, and appears to be licking them or ready to, tongue extended.

Ultimately, the photo tarnishes the reputation of KFC. KFC is owned by Yum! Brands, based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Once the photo went viral, as it seems some people can’t help but post everything on social media, KFC Corporate mobilized a response.

A KFC spokesperson addressed the issue. Rick Maynard stated in email correspondence regarding the event:

“Nothing is more important to KFC than food safety. As soon as our franchisee became aware of the issue, immediate action was taken. The franchisee’s investigation confirmed the photos were taken after the restaurant was closed and none of the food was served. The employee involved was immediately terminated.”

Many Facebook comments voiced concerns over the validity of KFC’s assurances customers were not served the “mishandled” potatoes. Others noted utter disgust, vowing to never eat at the establishment or any other fast food chain again. Some glibly assessed the ex-employee would likely just move to another fast food restaurant and be less conspicuous with the mischief.

Do you think fast food handlers should be held to a higher standard of expectation? Do you think the mishandling of food is common? What suggestions would you give to curb this type of less than appetizing behavior from food handlers? It is illegal to knowingly put foreign substances, such as laxatives and pills, into someone’s food without them being aware. Do you think there should be a criminal punishment in cases involving food tampering, even implied tampering?

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3 Responses to “KFC Employee Fired For Licking Mashed Potatoes”

  1. Tammy Ruzanske-Rietveld

    Tampering with someone's food is despicable.

    Tampering with customers food is horrible. I'm writing this because it just tonight happened to my daughter and her friends! The apparent "reason" being that they went to this local McDonald's at 11:30ish and they close at 12.
    As soon as I heard the story I called the restaurant and got names of superiors, I typed a letter I'm faxing to headquarters, and I've emailed my local public health dept to make an official complaint. I might write a letter to the editor of our local paper to find out if anyone else in the drive thru line also had food tampered with on the same night, and stop that others know this is happening. I can't believe it!! The only downfall is that because they are teenagers they threw everything out, including all the notes that were stuck to every item of food!! What kind of people do this??