The only thing better than chicken tenders is free chicken tenders.
Yes, even if they’ve been sunbathing on the bitumen.
Alabama authorities have kindly requested that anyone at or near a crash on Highway 35 in Cherokee County please refrain from picking up and eating the chicken tenders strewn across the road after spilling from an 18-wheeler truck.
The Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency issued the warning to local motorists in an amusing Facebook post:
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. You’re creating a traffic hazard! It’s a crime to impede the flow of traffic.
Those cases have been on the ground for over 24 hours and are unsafe to consume.
Anyone who is caught could be facing charges.
But the post wasn’t a pre-emptive manoeuvre or even an attempt to lighten up the agency’s social media feeds with some light-hearted news: the tasty debris really was distracting drivers.
“Motorists began stopping to pick up the food, which authorities say created a traffic hazard,” the Associated Press reports.
You’d think the fact the tenders had been on the ground for more than 24 hours would be enough to deter any would-be snack fiends, but the counter-argument is pretty compelling: free chicken tenders.
This is some real gov't overreach if you ask me https://t.co/QVtbzLVNV2
— Max Lederman (@Max_Lederman) January 7, 2019
Damn narcs, let people live.
— laura (@wanderlustlaura) January 7, 2019
Waiting for a rig hauling bbq sauce to get involved.
— Michael Carter (@mtnmedic64) January 7, 2019
The Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency shared another Facebook post in which they shared the sad news that the road had been cleared:
UPDATE: Clean up is complete. The road way is back open.
Cleanup of the Chicken on AL Hwy 35 is underway. It took coordination to be able to close Hwy 35 down to one lane to allow the cleanup to be done safely. Cleanup should be complete in a couple of hours. Stay safe!
Being hungry isn’t a crime, but in future it would be best to avoid a similar incident and pull into the nearest truck stop to satisfy your craving for a greasy, lukewarm treat.