UK police ask public to stop calling about KFC running out of chicken and closing stores

  • 21/02/2018
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  People pass a branch of KFC that is closed due to problems with the delivery of chicken on February 20, 2018 in Bristol, England. KFC has been forced to close hundred of its outlets as a shortage of chicken, due to a failure at the company's new delivery firm DHL, has disrupted the fast-food giant's UK operation and is thought to be costing the fast food chain £1million a day.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Police in the United Kingdom have had to remind the public that KFC running out of chicken does not constitute an emergency.

More than half of the KFC outlets in the UK have been closed after delivery problems triggered a shortage of chicken, The Telegraph reports.

The company was in the process of changing freight providers, leading to a severe shortage of chicken nationwide.

Management has ordered staff not to bring in their own chicken after reports that they were approaching butchers, asking for chicken.

A spokesperson for the Tower Hamlets Metropolitan Police Service in London tweeted on Tuesday (local time), asking the public to stop calling about the shortage.

"Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis," the tweet said. "It is not a police matter if your favourite eatery is not serving the menu that you desire."

KFC anticipates the shortage will ease on Tuesday as it works with logistics provider DHL to get chicken to the restaurants.

"The reasons for this unforeseen interruption of this complex service are being worked on, with a goal to return to normal service levels as soon as possible," DHL spokesman John Boulter told the Independent.