“KFC” Opens in Iran, Shuts Down

A restaurant called KFC Halal opened in Tehran to crowds of customers lining up to try their fried chicken. It didn’t last long. The eatery supposedly had all the necessary permits, but police shut it down after just one day of business! A sign left by authorities said the decor was too close to the American flag and American influence is dangerous. Yeah, the red stripes and the picture of Colonel Sanders does look quite American, doesn’t it? That was no accident.

"The shutting down of Halal KFC was due to a misunderstanding," the store's manager, Abbas Pazuki, reportedly said. "We are part of a brand known as Halal KFC, which comes from Turkey. It belongs to Muslims and its target market is Muslim nations," he clarified. That KFC, he says, is a "rival of the American KFC."

"We are shocked with the news that an illegitimate KFC outlet has opened in Tehran, Iran," Laurie Schalow, a KFC spokesperson, told Mashable. "No franchise rights have been granted to any party in Iran. We are in contact with local authorities and external advisers and will be filing a legal action against any company or individuals claiming to have rights to open KFC."

The Colonel is indeed rolling in his grave. You’d think they would have been smart enough to change the name a little, like some others. Read more about the Turkish KFC at Mashable. -via reddit

(Image credit: KFC Halal)

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So . . . this is not a division of Yum! brands. If the estate of George Orwell can sue for copyright violation on the number "1984", surely Yum! can take action on the letters "KFC".
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