Adding another item to the list of bizarre incidents that the pandemic, directly or indirectly, induced is the one from Auckland where two men were caught with a huge amount of cash and an equally huge amount of fried chicken from KFC. Auckland is currently under the most stringent lockdown restrictions – Level 4 – where all businesses, except the essentials, are shut. In such an environment, the two men, aged 30 and 23, were trying to enter Auckland borders, covering a 120-odd-kilometer journey from Hamilton. Police apprehended the suspicious vehicle travelling on the back roads. At first, the car tried to make a U-turn and avoid the law enforcement but eventually got pulled over. On inspection, the police found that the men were carrying NZ$100,000, which is roughly equal to Rs 52 lakhs.
In addition, when the officials opened the car boot, they were surprised to see what looked like a gigantic KFC order, or as the report mentioned, it was a “car boot-full of KFC.” The order had multiple buckets of chicken, cups of coleslaw, several packages of fries, burgers, and sauces.
“Officers noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle travelling on a gravel road, and upon seeing the police car, they sped off trying to evade the police. The vehicle eventually pulled over, and police located the cash, empty ounce bags, and a large amount of takeaways. Both the men were summoned to court for breaching public health rules, and other charges will also be added,” the officials said in a press release.
It is yet not clear if the men were intending to sell the KFC orders or were planning to use the huge order as a distraction for other malicious elements.
According to a BBC report, fines for violating the COVID-19 norms or lockdown restrictions can go up to NZ$4,000 or Rs.21,000.