KFC Thailand: Sorry 'Bout the Quake, Have Some KFC!

Chain is really, very sorry about ill-thought-out Facebook post
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 12, 2012 8:53 AM CDT
KFC Thailand: Sorry 'Bout the Quake, Have Some KFC!
A little act of God got you down? Have some nice fried chicken to make you feel better, says KFC Thailand.   (Photo: Business Wire)

In hindsight, maybe it wasn't so smart to suggest that yesterday's massive earthquake was finger-lickin' good: KFC Thailand has issued an apology after being criticized for a Facebook message that urged people to rush home during yesterday's tsunami scare and order a bucket of KFC chicken. As people were being urged to evacuate from beach areas, the company posted this dubious message: "Let's hurry home and follow the earthquake news. And don't forget to order your favorite KFC menu."

It prompted hundreds of angry comments on a variety of Thai web boards that denounced the company as insensitive and selfish. By today, the message had not only been removed, but was replaced by one that asked for forgiveness. Yesterday's earthquakes in Indonesia revived memories of the 2004 Asian tsunami that claimed 230,000 lives, including more than 8,000 people in Thailand. Five people died yesterday. (Read more KFC stories.)

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