How on earth does a fast food restaurant that specializes in chicken run out of ... chicken?
Last week KFC temporarily closed up to 800 stores in the UK and Ireland after a failure in its supply chain for chicken.
The shortage reportedly began last Friday and has continued into this week, although KFC UK has made a little bit of progress in opening up more restaurants.
But it has felt like a life time to a nation of fast-food fans some of whom are so bereft police have had to warn them not to contact them.
"For those who contacted the police about KFC being out of chicken... please STOP" officers in Manchester pleaded.
Frustrated police officers in Tower Hamlets tweeted: "Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis — it is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire."
Fans of the fast food chain have been in a flap on social media using the hashtag #KFCcrisis to complain they were left feeling peckish.
When @kfc runs out of chicken and you have no idea where to buy fresh chicken from or how to use your cooker.
Police arrest man responsible for KFC chicken disaster.
It appears some chicken lovers are looking to cash in on the shortage by attempting to sell "rare" KFC meals on eBay.
One cheeky seller has put a 10-piece Bargain Bucket up for sale on the marketplace website for a £100. Another is trying to sell "real life KFC chicken" for £1,000.
KFC UK recently switched from Bidvest to DHL to handle all of the distribution, supply and logistical operations for food products and packaging for nearly 900 restaurants in the country. However, due to a reported computer system malfunction, the products have been unable to reach the local franchise restaurants throughout the UK.
The fast food pand has taken out a good humored advert to apologize to its customers.
The chicken crossed the road, just not to our restaurants.
The fast-chain took out an ad showing an empty bucket of chicken in both the Metro and The Sun newspapers on Friday. Instead of the famous KFC logo, the letters on the side of the bucket were rearranged to read "FCK".
"We're sorry. A chicken restaurant without any chicken. It's not ideal."
Britain's culinary reputation might have been built on a foundation of fish and chips and cucumber sandwiches, but the country has developed an extraordinary fondness for poultry slathered in batter and fried in oil.
So the closure caused no small amount of grief and rage in a country where fried chicken — whether at KFC or at one of its many imitators, like Chicken Cottage, Tennessee Fried Chicken and Dixie Chicken — is never far away.