The Colonel may have a mutiny on his hands.
Four KFC and Pizza Hut chains in Nepal have suspended their operations after employees reportedly attacked and threatened to kill store managers, Agence France-Presse reports. KFC and Pizza Hut are currently the only fast food chains in the country since the first locations opened three years ago.
Since the end of Nepal’s civil war in 2006, citizens of the country have become increasingly open to foreign goods, but it's not the first time management at Western companies have faced backlash, according to news.com.au. In 2007, Coke, Pepsi and Unilever were involved in a labor dispute with local workers who, among other demands, wanted higher wages, Two Circles reports.
Of course, bosses in the states have faced similar threats from workers. Most recently, an ex-Wegmans employee threatened both the CEO and President of the supermarket chain via email, nj.com reports.
It does seem fried chicken and pizza have become battlegrounds of some ideologically charged disputes recently. The CEO of Papa John's was met with controversy earlier this month after he complained that health care reform would force the chain to raise the price of its pizzas. Meanwhile, Chick-Fil-A became the centerpoint of a debate on gay marriage after the president of the fried chicken chain confirmed his anti-gay marriage stance. Since the announcement, customers have both protested and supported the corporation, with some hapless employees getting stuck in the middle.
As for KFC, the corporation itself hasn’t made any statement on Chick-fil-A, but the Colonel certainly seems to have an opinion. No word on how he feels about Nepal.