Think before you tweet!

With so many of these food items coming under the scanner, we have just apparently made up our minds that anything from outside has to be bad. For instance, I ordered noodles during one of my flights, and I immediately regretted it. In fact, as I was consuming it, I felt like my throat had a paralysis, that I would throw up, that my tummy had become leaden. And then I felt that way all through the day.

The fact of the matter is everything isn’t as bad as we think it is. When we walk into to a burger giant, for example, after reading up an article that tells how how worms and bugs were found in the patty, there is bound to be a lot of discomfort while chomping on something that we’d always liked.

Similarly, a couple of days back, a guy from Watts, California called Devorise Dixon had visited KFC on June 12 and had taken the internet by storm by posting a picture of what appeared to be a fried rat. That’s right, a rat instead of a chicken. The internet was abuzz with how careful one has to while dining outside and before we knew it, KFC started trending for all the wrong reasons. In fact, Dixon had also mentioned in one of his posts that the KFC managed had admitted that it was indeed a rat and had also offered a refund.

And as you must have guessed correctly, he refused the offer.

This nightmare for KFC took a turn for the better when third party lab results came in their favour. “Recently in the US, a customer questioned the quality of a KFC product which received considerable publicity given the sensational nature of his claim. The product has now been tested by a third-party independent lab, which confirmed it is definitely a piece of chicken, as we knew all along. The right thing for this customer to do is to apologize and cease making false claims about the KFC brand,” the statement said.

The question really is, are companies now bearing the brunt of our assumptions? In many cases, yes. While it is extremely good to be vigilant, yet, being overtly skeptical of things, especially food items can often boomerang. It is best to verify things well before raising an alarm, because in the powerful world of social media, such bits of news spread like wildfire.

Therefore, we have to be critical of what we share and how we do it.


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