American fried chicken giant Kentucky Fried Chicken is deciding whether to push forward with a lawsuit against a Thai fried chicken restaurant named “Hitler”. The restaurant is named Hitler and has no connection to Colonel Sanders’ prized chicken restaurant, but their logo and color scheme strongly resembles those of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Kentucky Fried Chicken told the Huffington Post on Friday that the logo being employed by “Hitler” is identical in coloring and style to the logo of the fast food chain. The only visable difference is that in Thailand the head of the logo replaces Colonel Sanders with that of German Dictator Adolf Hitler.
A spokesman for Yum!, the parent company of KFC, is quoted as telling The Huffington Post that “We find it extremely distasteful and are considering legal action since it is an infringement of our brand trademark and has nothing to do with us”.
The “Hitler” restaurant was first discovered by travel writer Andrew Spooner back in May when he sent out the following Tweet:
Very bizarre Hitler Fried Chicken shop in Thailand. I kid you not. Complete with pic of Hitler in bow tie http://t.co/9OS1FgfUCx
— Andrew Spooner (@andrewspoooner) May 28, 2013
Britain’s tabloid The Sun also ran the story on Saturday. They quoted a Bangkok resident, Alan Robertson, who said “Nobody quite knows what to make of it. I went in for a bite last week and got some fried chicken, which was pretty good, and asked the guy behind the counter why it was called Hitler. He just shrugged his shoulders and said the owners had thought it was a good image”.
There have been a rash of reports of Hitler’s name being used to market products. Another store was reported to name their business Hitler in New Delhi, India. Adolf Hitler was the Nazi dictator who was responsible for more than 10 million deaths during the Holocaust.