SALT LAKE CITY — An alleged KFC thief made the news in South Africa when it was reported he was arrested for running a “legendary” mistaken identity scam for two years — too bad it’s all fake news.
Daily Active Kenya initially reported on May 13 that a 27-year-old college student from Durban had tricked KFC restaurants into giving him food. He would allegedly pull up to restaurants in a limousine, flash a card designating him from the “head office” and ask to sample food for quality control.
The outlet also claimed the student had been arrested, but not before being declared a “legend” by some Twitter users. Others called for the student to be employed or rewarded for his brazenness, according to the Daily Mail.Comment on this story
However, the Mail reports, KFC South Africa's Twitter responded to the stories on May 14 by saying, "it would be legendary if only it were true.” The account continued to tease and interact with its followers.
Moral of the story? Don’t believe every rumor, no matter how fantastic it seems.
Meanwhile in other nonfictional — but equally strange — news, KFC France made a Spotify playlist of 46 hip-hop songs that reference the restaurant chain, according to Adweek. Some of the illustrious artists appearing on the list include Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, the Beastie Boys and even Madonna.