Mealbreaker (n.): a nasty, non-edible surprise found in food while it is being eaten; often lawsuit-provoking, sometimes fabricated, always disgusting.
If you think Mealbreakers are bad in America, just wait til you hear the disgusting story of the Shiju family's trip to the KFC in Thiruvananthapuram, a city of 750,000 near the southern tip of India.
According to the Deccan Chronicle, the Shijus went to KFC, ordered a dinner of fried chicken and sat down to eat on Monday evening. They then began to feed some of one of the chicken sandwiches to their 18-month-old child when the child's mother noticed something moving in the food.
It was a worm. They inspected the sandwich further. They found still more worms. They complained to the manager of the KFC, and warned him that they were willing to call food safety authorities. The manager offered to give them fresh chicken and begged them not to call the authorities.
But the Shijus were adamant. The KFC manager got angry at them, and ordered them to leave the store. Once outside, they called the authorities, who came to the KFC and, finding its sanitation inadequate, shut down the location. They seized some chicken that was allegedly as much as five months old. They are also investgating nearby branches, out of fear that the worms got into the food at a central plant in the region.
KFC has had a rough few weeks in South Asia. The Yum Brands-owned chain temporarily closed all its Pakistan stores in late September after anti-American protests rocked several outposts. Between that and the worms, KFC franchise owners must be looking with serious envy at their wildly successful comrades across the Chinese boarder right about now.
Curious to see how this Mealbreaker compares with those in America? Click through the slideshow below.