Family Eats Roach Sandwiches at KFC

With all of the digits and genitalia being found in fast food lately, it’s an exciting time for us here at The Consumerist, but at this point, we’ve been left down so many times on the validity of these claims that we’re going to assume the Kentucky Fried Roachwich is another fake out.

It was supposed to be a quick after school snack, but instead a family said it turned out more like a scene from an episode of “Fear Factor.”

A family claimed it ate fast food sandwiches filled with baby roaches.

However, the real debate began after the company quickly offered a cash settlement that Linda Watson said made her even angrier.

The fine art of negotiation is tricky. First of all, you always need to know what your walkaway position is: the almost entirely arbitrary figure which you will not go below. But the trickier part is to gradually increase the amount the person or company you are negotiating with is willing to pay by making an overexaggerated show of being utterly reasonable. So here’s a tip from those of us at the Consumerist: if KFC offers you a thousand dollars to eat a roach sandwich and like it, shrilly hyperventilating that you won’t accept less than a million jillion dollars isn’t going to get you any closer to your walkaway position than you were before. Especially when you later admit that you’d be willing to accept a minimum of $5,000 – the exact amount KFC offered to pay and you claimed was an insult.

But read the full story and pay close attention to when the daughter over-zealously describes the consistency of her bowel movements for the next few days. This is Pulitzer-level reporting, people.


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  1. Snowrunner says:

    Actually, I think you misread the article:

    > Watson said her only motive is justice-at
    > somewhere between $5,000 to $1 million.

    That’s not a quote, the first part is probably her statement, the latter part (5K – 1 million) is what the writer consideres “her price”.

    If he had written it differently it would have read as:

    “Watson said her only motive is justice. It appears the price for justice is somewhere between $5,000 to $1 million.

  2. People Paula says:

    Nothing covers up a roach hustle like, “Your offer of money is insulting to me.”

  3. mrscolex says:

    I bet that woman is associated with PETA.

    Heres a quick tip, have you guys noticed that PETA is putting increased pressure on KFC lately? KFC has been the target of PETA’s ire for the last few months (admittedly, KFC has always been a prime target, but they’ve stepped up campaigns bolstered somewhat by Pam Anderson)

    We all know that PETA isn’t making converts with the old fashioned picket and scream in your face way. If your goal as an organization was to target all other organizations that you view as cruel to animals, and you were sitting in the boardroom going, “Well you know this picket campaign just isn’t working…”

    If you all put your heads together you’d realize that PETA has some very creative ways to take on these corporations now, with the news that Wendy’s lost estimated millions of dollars due to that finger in the chili fiasco.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this whole thing was PETA sponsored. Sure its unethical but PETA is the same organization that, according to Wikipedia, gives funding to organizations “associated with firebombings and other destruction of property, and described by the United States Department of Homeland Security as “terrorist threats.””

    From a group where the founder has stated, “arson, property destruction, burglary, and theft are acceptable crimes when used for the animal cause”, do you really think that economic terrorism is written off of the PETA handbook? Doubt it.

    I’m just speculating though, don’t take this and run with it– thats how rumors get started ;)

  4. Danilo says:

    mrscolex may have a point. If there is one way of turning me off of my beloved KFC Snacker sammidges, miniature roaches is definitely it.

  5. non-meat-stick says:

    mrscolex has no point, he just despises other people’s opinions…

  6. WaxTex says:

    I am pretty sure the motive here is simple greed. I live in the same town (Waxahachie) and see this family regularly outside with their pickets. They are looking for a financial hand-out and nothing more- in my opinion. Hope their fight fizzles and they end up with nothing. $5k was more than they deserved.