Woman Spends Entire Week in KFC After Her Boyfriend Dumped Her

Words like “heartbreak” and “lovesick” aren’t strong enough to describe the feelings of Tan Shen. Shen’s love life took a big hit, and she needed time to deal with the shock of being dumped by her boyfriend. Yahoo News reports that Shen, 26 from Chengdu, China, handled the extreme pain she was feeling by spending the entire week inside of a KFC, eating fried chicken.

There’s nothing like some southern-style fried comfort food to get over a bad breakup, but a whole week spent entirely in KFC is a little extreme.

Shen said she never planned to stay. She only stopped in at a KFC location in a train station near her home. She reportedly just wanted some chicken wings, but once she started eating she felt she “needed time to think.” She phoned in sick to work and set up camp.

“I didn’t want to go back to my apartment because it was full of memories of him,” she said. “So I stayed.”


KFC worker Jiang Li Lung said that at first nobody noticed the depressed woman. The restaurant is, after all, open 24 hours a day and shift changes come and go. He finally realized after about three days that she had never left.

“We asked her if she was ok, she said she was and just needed time to think,” Li said. “Then she asked for another box of chicken wings with extra large fries.”

Tan Shen eventually decided it was time to leave when local media began to arrive, asking to write about her. She quit her job and decided to go stay with her parents.

Maybe the Colonel’s secret recipe is the real trick to bouncing back after a tough split.