A big rig truck accidentally dumped its load of chicken tenders on a highway in Alabama, causing traffic chaos when people stopped their cars to pick up nuggets.
We all know the 5-second rule of food: if it’s on the ground for longer than 5 seconds, it’s no longer safe for human consumption. We’re pretty sure that biochemists would argue that the number is either longer or shorter than that depending on the surface the food is dropped on, but it’s still a good rule of thumb to follow.
But what if the food was frozen chicken tenders? And what if they were dropped on a busy highway in Alabama by the thousands?
That’s what happened last Sunday when an 18-wheeler carrying a truckload of frozen chicken tenders spilled out onto Alabama Highway 35 after the truck crashed.
Obviously, this slowed traffic to a crawl due to the mountains of frozen chicken blocking the road, but the situation soon worsened when people began to get out of their vehicle to pluck the chicken tenders for later consumption. Presumably.
Now, if you were one of the motorists who witnessed the accident and soon after got out ot pick up those chicken tenders, you’re probably not going to die of any terrible diseases. But people kept picking up those formerly delectable chicken morsels HOURS after the crash.
The situation got so bad that the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency was forced to post on their Facebook page a message warning against picking up road chicken. Not only was it causing a traffic impediment, which is a crime, it was also not safe for consumption after spending hours on the road.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT| The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is asking that no one try to stop to get the chicken...Posted by Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency - Alabama on Sunday, January 6, 2019
Remember, this is Alabama, and those chicken tenders are definitely not going to remain frozen on an Alabama road.
Road crews were able to clear the wreck and the tragic loss of its cargo by Monday afternoon. So far we haven’t heard of any sudden rashes of food poisoning in Alabama due to road chicken, but we’re keeping an eye out for it.
(Source: Associated Press)