KFC restaurants around the UK are remaining closed for the fourth day because of a chicken shortage… caused by the fast food chain dumping its South African distributor, Bidvest, in favour of DHL who have let them down with “teething problems”.

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To be unable to serve fried chicken is not only embarrassing for the restaurant chain, but costly with the temporary closure of 646 of their 900 stores at one point… and is likely to lose them some loyal customers who are being ‘forced’ to go elsewhere for their fix (perhaps even to South African chain Nando’s… which is very popular in the UK for its peri-peri chicken).

In the past hour KFC said they have now managed to re-open up to 70% of their outlets, however not all are serving the full menu yet.

Many customers have taken to Twitter to make jokes about the chicken crossing the road (or not, in the case of KFC). KFC itself joked about it, and said they had changed their distribution partner on Valentine’s Day but that “Cupid’s arrow wasn’t firing for us”.

The #KFCCrisis has become so big in the UK that police issued a statement saying: “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.”

Bidvest, an established food distributor, had been working with KFC for years… but DHL won the new contract because it “undercut” Bidvest, according to GMB union which represents Bidvest workers. The union said it warned KFC there would be distribution problems. At least 255 people lost their jobs at Bidvest and a distribution warehouse was closed down because of KFC’s decision.

The Guardian said: “Why did the chicken cross the road? It didn’t. Road crossing has been outsourced to these pigeons who, we are very sorry to say, have shat on your car.”