Chicken lovers were in a flutter on Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of… wait for it… chicken. Yep.
The company apologized to customers, blaming “teething problems” with its new delivery partner, DHL.
KFC first apologized for the problems on Saturday. In an update Monday, it listed almost 300 stores as open but did not say when the rest might join them.
It said those branches that remained open were operating a limited menu or shortened hours.
“We know that this might have inconvenienced some of you over the last few days, and disappointed you when you wanted your fried chicken fix — we’re really sorry about that,” the company said in a statement.
The Colonel has an update…🐓🛣🚦
— KFC UK & Ireland (@KFC_UKI) February 19, 2018
The Colonel is working on it. pic.twitter.com/VvvnDLvlyq
— KFC UK & Ireland (@KFC_UKI) February 17, 2018
Soon, chicken-hungry netizens gathered on Twitter to mourn, while some believed that the end of the world was on the cards. #KFCCrisis became the hot trending hashtag of the day.
Disaster. Took the Grandkids out to dinner at KFC only to see that it's shut down. Some chicken shortage. Took them to McDonald's but it's not the same. Crying in the bathroom. Can't show weakness in front of them. #KFCCrisis
— Ron Sanderson (@R_Sanderson1952) February 19, 2018
The god joined in.
I am fully aware there is a #KFCCrisis in the UK… stop sending prayers! I'm trying to fix America and then I will get to you.
— Jesus Christ (@ResurrectedDude) February 19, 2018
— The_Gwarve (@Andythegwarve) February 19, 2018
The #KFCCrisis chicken shortage is the kind of thing that could accidentally bring down a government
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) February 19, 2018