Folks, we learned not to eat food off the floor as children. As adults, we need to get it together. We can’t scold our kids for eating floor food (like the cheese that fell off my pizza when I was in fourth grade. We had just swept, the five-second rule was totally in play and it was pizza cheese, Mom. I still regret nothing.) if we’re going to swarm an overturned chicken truck.
Yes, that happened. Authorities had to step in and speak up after a traffic accident had people acting a bit more strangely than usual.
An 18-wheeler overturned on an Alabama highway and spilled its load: boxes and boxes of chicken tenders.
So what did drivers do? Exactly what they’ve been fussing at their kids about. They descended on that floor-food like it was a piñata party, you guys. Drivers stopped along the highway to snag the boxes of chicken-y goodness. Really, this just proves what we already knew, that people take their fried chicken products very seriously in the South. The only problem was all that stopping caused some traffic issues and the Alabama highway authorities had to deal with the fallout. The tweet is kind of amazing, honestly.
The Sheriff says stop it with the highway chicken, people of Alabama! Just let it go!
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT|
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is asking that no one try to stop to get the chicken tenders that were spilled from the 18 wheeler accident last night on Highway 35.
— Cherokee County EMA (@cherokee_ema) January 7, 2019
Of course the tweet was popular; the idea of people scrambling in and out of traffic for boxes of fried chicken is mind-boggling. Are there legitimate hunger issues? Is free food too good to pass up? Did one person realize it was chicken tenders and let everyone else know because chicken is life? We have tons of questions and no real answers… except that people are really into chicken.
Oh my god there are free highway tenders in Cherokee County, I am going down there RIGHT NOW
— Buddy Luv (@TwiterPowerUser) January 7, 2019
Driving down Highway 35 right now with a bucket of BBQ sauce . . .
— Stephen Tomany (@stevetomany) January 7, 2019
They didn't happen to spill any ranch, did they? Cuz if they did, it's on!! ????
— CruzMissile Films (@CruzMissileFilm) January 8, 2019
Free street chicken is tempting, but there are more issues than just traffic problems. It may be January but Alabama is pretty warm. That chicken wasn’t going to last long outside of the refrigerated truck. There were some salmonella and general food poisoning concerns. Not all golden chicken tenders are your friends, folks.
Watch-the same people who picked them up & make fun of this are the same people that’ll get food poisoning and sue.. this is AMerica
— BRAZIL/FLIP beauty (@elexusirene) January 8, 2019
“… not to mention Salmonella.”
— Cheryl B Williams (@CBW_TwHR) January 8, 2019
If they eat it, let them get sick! Survival of the fittest….
— Lisa Marie (@lisamarieelle2) January 8, 2019
But most people seemed to be wondering the same thing… does this really need to be said? Yes. The answer is yes.
…it scares me that this is a warning because it was first a problem.
— chaz (@chaz86086650) January 8, 2019
They actually had to release a statement? Gaahh lee. ????????♀️
— Sassbox Grand Supreme (@MissSassbox) January 8, 2019
Only in Alabama is a PSA like this needed????????♀️
— Madison Allen (@_madisonallen_) January 8, 2019
So, look… we know free pavement-chicken is tempting. We get it. But if we expect our kids to resist eating food off the floor, we have to do the same thing, Alabama. Otherwise, it’s hypocrisy and we’re better than that, aren’t we?