OK, so let’s be clear, this only applies to a single KFC, in Oregon. A former manager at said KFC alleges that the owner of his franchise not only ordered employees to serve expired chicken, but also fired employees who refused to do so.
According to the lawsuit, KFC receives boxed shipments of fresh – not frozen – chicken. The boxes indicate a “kill date” of when the birds were slaughtered and processed. This acts like a sell by date for the chain. Employees are instructed to not serve chicken 12 days past the “kill date.”
The plaintiff in the suit, a former manager, explains that “chicken not served within 12 days of its kill date developed a noticeably foul, rotten smell. In addition, expired chicken changed color from white to light green and the blood on the chicken began to noticeably thicken and coagulate.” GAH!
When the plaintiff found greenish chicken and approached the owner saying it should be thrown out, the owner instead instructed him to cook and serve the chicken immediately. Similar incidents continued, according to the suit, such as the plaintiff receiving a text message from the owner to serve rotten produce. Who is this guy?
The manager and owner’s relationship grew quite strained, especially after another manager left in protest over serving rotten chicken. The manager/plaintiff was eventually fired for “arguing with leadership,” and “not creating an environment of team work with leadership and owner.” Management, obviously, contests the manager’s side of things.
We’ll be waiting to see what happens in court on this one. We’re fairly certain that this wouldn’t have happened had the Colonel still been around.