How many of us have cuddled a glass of wine or gone through several packets of chocolate cookies to ease a break – up?
So spare a thought for a Chinese woman who was so depressed after her boyfriend dumped her she spent an entire week in a KFC eating fried chicken wings.
Heartbroken Tan Shen, 26, from Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan Province, went to the popular fast food chain in search of some comfort food and to help her get over the painful break-up.
But shockingly, seven days later Tan was still ordering chicken wings with a side of extra large fries at the KFC by her home.
She even phoned in sick to work to stay at the restaurant!
Tan said: ‘I was walking around feeling miserable and decided to stop off at the KFC at the train station near where I live.’
‘I hadn’t planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings. But once I got in there and started eating I decided I needed time to think.’
‘I didn’t want to go back to my apartment because it was full of memories of him. So I stayed.’
After a few days KFC employees began to worry about Tan. KFC worker Jiang Li Lung, 22, said:
‘We work in shifts here and the restaurant is open 24 hours a day, so we get a lot of people coming through.’
Jiang Li Lung added: ‘At first no one really noticed her. But after a few days I began thinking she looked really familiar.’
‘Then I realized we had been serving her for the past three days and that she hadn’t actually left.’
‘When we asked her if she was ok, she said she was and just needed time to think. And then asked for another box of chicken wings with extra large fries.’
KFC employee Jiang Li Lung said that Tan was doing no harm eating her way through boxes of chicken so they let her stay.
He added: ‘She was after all a paying customer, even if a bit of an odd one.’
Tan finally decided it was time to leave when local media turned up after she had been at the chicken eatery for a whole week.
The lovesick woman also admitted that she was starting to get sick of the taste of chicken.
‘I decided the best thing to do would be to leave the city and go back to my parents.’
‘I had already told work I was off sick, so phoned them and said I was leaving. And I was getting sick of the taste of chicken so there was no point in staying there anymore.’ Tan said.
Tan then boarded the next train to her parents’ home in Quingdao city in east China’s Shandong Province and left.
Waitress Jiang Li Lung said: ‘I guess we kind of miss her. It certainly made work more interesting.’