Police arrest men smuggling KFC chicken in city locked down for COVID
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KFC Chicken can seem quite irresistible when suddenly denied access. As the city of Auckland was under Level 4 lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic this week, two men, called “gang associates” by New Zealand police, were caught smuggling un only money, but a car trunk full of KFC food in the city.
All restaurants, even take out restaurants, were closed for Auckland’s Level 4 lockdown, so KFC must have seemed like a pretty hot commodity, even though it was sitting in a car trunk – er, boot – becoming cold. The city has since upgraded to Level 3, where cafes, eateries and take out restaurants can offer contactless pickup, delivery or drive-thru.
“Officers noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle traveling on a gravel road and upon seeing the police car, the vehicle turned around and accelerated trying to escape the police,” the statement read. New Zealand police. “The vehicle eventually stopped and police determined they were coming from Hamilton trying to enter Auckland. The vehicle was searched and police located the cash, along with one ounce bags. empty and a large amount of take-out. “
They are not joking about “large quantity”. A photo provided by New Zealand police shows three buckets of chicken, four large KFC bags, around 10 cups of coleslaw and more. Police did not say if the men planned to resell the chicken and sides, or if they were really hungry.
Police also seized $ 100,000 (US $ 70,000; £ 51,000, AU $ 97,000).
The two men, aged 23 and 30, will appear in court for violation of the health ordinance, and police say other charges are likely.