Breakups are tough. They can make you feel like your entire world has crumbled and put you in a very vulnerable state – particularly prone to junk food. But a woman in China took it to the next level, seeking comfort for an entire week in a KFC.

Tan Shen, a 26-year-old woman in China’s southwest Sichuan Province, was in a depressed state after her breakup and decided to swing by a KFC for some comfort food. She said she “needed time to think”.


Tan even phoned in sick to work just to remain at the fast food joint. She stated:

“I was walking around feeling miserable and decided to stop off at the kFC at the train station.

I hadn’t planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings.

But once I got in there and started eating I decided I needed time to think.

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


It wasn’t till after a few days that the employees at the KFC started to become concerned. One of the workers said that since the restaurant is open 24/7, they have a lot of people coming through and no one really noticed her. But after a few days her face became really familiar. It wasn’t till then that they realized they had been serving her for the past three days and had never left.

When approached to see if she was ok, she replied that she just needed more time to think – and proceeded to order another box of chicken wings with an extra large fries. Since she wasn’t doing any harm, they let her stay.


About a week later, Tan decided it was time to go after the local media turned up and decided to write about her. She decided to board the next train home to her parents’ home in Quingdao city in the Shandong Province.

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