18-Wheeler Spills Cartons of Chicken Tenders On Highway… and Drivers Stop to Take Advantage of Free Drive-Thru; As a Result, Police Make Tender-Picking a Crime

Americans love chicken. Each and every one of us consumes nearly 100 pounds of it annually, but when that bird meat is sliced into the svelte sticks known as tenders, we seem to collectively lose all rational thought. We might walk straight into McDonald’s for them, without first pausing to put a brown paper bag over our head. Or we might — oh, I don’t know — swipe a few cases of previously frozen tenders that had been thawing for a day on an open road after they were catapulted from a crashed tractor-trailer.

The latter scene took place over the weekend on Route 35, a lonesome stretch that cuts through Cherokee County on the eastern edge of Alabama, not far from the Georgia border. An 18-wheeler crashed and spilled a load of prepackaged chicken products on the side of the road. This two-lane ribbon of asphalt soon turned into a roadside buffet.

“There were some people trying to get the chicken,” Josh Summerford, chief deputy for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, told The Washington Post. “They pulled off to the side. That was not a safe scenario.”

Enough motorists, in fact, were taking advantage of the accidental drive-through that the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency had to issue a warning.

“You’re creating a traffic hazard!” the agency declared. “It’s a crime to impede the flow of traffic.”

And by the way, county officials added, those cases of chicken tenders have been on the ground for more than 24 hours. They’re not safe to eat.

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SOURCE: Tim Carman
The Washington Post