09/10/2012 11:59 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

KFC China Protest: Patron Attempts 2,000 Bucket Stunt In Retribution For Lax Hygiene

One KFC patron in central China was so outraged by one location's disregard for his complaint about its hygiene levels that he staged a protest outside it.

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Yang Lin, a 30-year-old businessman, lined up several family-size buckets and warning signs outside a KFC restaurant in Wuhan, Hubei province in retribution for lack of action against his allegation that a chef prepared food without gloves or a face shield.

Austrian Times writes that Lin attempted to spend $22,363 (£14,000) on the stunt, although other outlets report the KFC refused to give Yang more than 22 buckets.

Yang explained he was thankful he had the means to afford the protest:

I wanted to buy all their food so they couldn't poison anyone else and I wanted to warn people what sort of food they were eating ... I'm lucky to have made money in business so I can afford this protest. At first KFC wanted my money, but soon they were begging me to take it back."

He agreed to remove the buckets only after the restaurant managers publicly apologized and agreed to improve the restaurant's hygiene levels.

The Daily Mail explains that, according to Yang, the manager was originally reluctant to apologize and said the cook forgot to wear gloves because there were too many customers in the store at the time.

YUM! Restaurants Investment Company Limited, KFC's parent company in China, told China Daily that they will discipline the workers and appreciate Yang's actions.



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