A woman spends a week in KFC after getting dumped because she says that it helped her cope. According to Fox News, Tan Shen was feeling pretty miserable after her boyfriend broke up with her and she was on the hunt for some comfort food. She went to a nearby KFC in Chengdu, China and ordered some chicken wings… but after she ate, she just couldn’t bring herself to leave.
“I hadn’t planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings. But once I got in there and started eating, I decided I needed time to think. I didn’t want to go back to my apartment because it was full of memories of him. So I stayed,” Shen said.
The woman, who spent a week in KFC, got pretty lucky because that particular eatery was open 24 hours a day. Employees didn’t really notice her as shifts came and went. However, after a few days, her face became familiar. She wasn’t asked to leave, however, and it sounds like the staff was very nice to her. And so she stayed in her booth and kept to herself, only interacting with employees when she wanted to order more chicken and french fries.
“At first no one really noticed her. But after a few days I began thinking she looked really familiar. Then I realized we had been serving her for the past three days and that she hadn’t actually left,” said employee Jiang Li Lung.
Around the seventh day the media started showing up, and Shen realized that she wasn’t really getting what she wanted from taking up residence in the eatery.
“I decided the best thing to do would be to leave the city and go back to my parents. I had already told work I was off sick, so [I] phoned them and said I was leaving. And I was getting sick of the taste of chicken so there was no point in staying there anymore,” Shen explained.
According to People Magazine, Shen’s presence is missed.
“I guess we kind of miss her. It certainly made work more interesting,” Jiang said.
KFC made headline news at the beginning of the summer when a story about a little girl attacked by a pitbull was allegedly asked to leave one of the fast food restaurant’s in Mississippi. It was later reported that the whole thing was a hoax. You know what they say, no publicity is bad publicity… and apparently KFC is a great place to mend a broken heart.
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