Chicken is the new cigarettes, apparently.
A 13-year-old boy and his eight-year-old brother were turned away from buying food at a KFC in England recently when the restaurant’s staff said they could not sell food to unaccompanied people under 18 years old.
The teenage boy, named Jake, told the Sun he and his brother were trying to buy dinner for their father.
“I was in shock,” Jake said. “I only wanted a Mega Box but they wouldn’t let me.”
Jake said the staff told him they feared he and his brother would “throw food and mess about” if they were served.
The father was upset about the ordeal, as you would expect.
“What if McDonald’s started to turn kids away?” he asked. “It’s ridiculous.”
Mail Online reached out to KFC for a comment on the story. The spokesperson said KFC has had a number of issues in the last year with disorderly young people in the restaurant.
“We are sorry to hear about Jake's experience, however the restaurant staff has had to deal with a number of incidents of anti-social behavior relating to unaccompanied young people over the past year,” the spokesperson said. “This has forced them to make decisions like this on the spot. We are currently working with the police and local council on how to best manage this, and we'd love to get in touch with Jake's family personally to welcome them back into the restaurant for a meal on the house.”