Heartbroken Chinese woman spends a week at KFC

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Daryl Hammond
When dealing with a tough breakup, some grab a tub of ice-cream or chocolate, lock themselves away and eat until the pain goes away.
China has shut OSI Group's meat factory in Shanghai which supplies US-giant KFC  due to food sa...
China has shut OSI Group's meat factory in Shanghai which supplies US-giant KFC, due to food safety concerns
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But for one woman in China, KFC was the painkiller of choice. And one order of chicken wasn’t enough to mend her broken heart as she stayed at the popular chain restaurant for an entire week.
After being dumped by her boyfriend, Tan Shen, 26, made what she thought would be a quick stop into her local KFC in Chengdu, Sichuan Province:
“I hadn’t planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings," explained Shen.
"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.”
The 26-year-old went relatively unnoticed for a few days, but slowly staff at the 24-hour establishment began to realise one customer hadn't left, hunched in the same seat:
“At first no one really noticed her. But after a few days I began thinking she looked really familiar," said KFC worker Jiang Li Lung.
"Then I realised we had been serving her for the past three days and that she hadn’t actually left.”
“When we asked her if she was OK, she said she was and just needed time to think – And then asked for another box of chicken wings with extra large fries.”
She called in sick at work and continued to gorge on wings and fries, content to stay at the restaurant as long as she needed. But when the local media caught wind of her unusual love for chicken, she finally decided to finally call it a day:
“I had already told work I was off sick, so 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, unwilling to return to the apartment she shared with her former lover, moved back in with her parents, but the staff at KFC won’t forget her in a hurry:
“I guess we kind of miss her. It certainly made work more interesting,” Jiang Li Lung added.