Five students have been jailed in China for using a loophole in KFC’s online ordering system to get free food and resell it for a profit.
Chinese news outlet Thepaper.cn on Tuesday quoted a Juhui district court in Shanghai as saying students were recently sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for KFC fraudulent food worth more than $ 30,000.
Sue, a 23-year-old college student, first discovered the holes in April 2018. He accidentally discovered that he could get free meals by paying with coupons on the KFC app and using another app to immediately withdraw money for coupons.
From April to October of that year, the free food XU cost KFC U 9,000, while the other four students caused the company $ 1,400 to $ 7,300 in losses, the court said.
The court ruled that all five were guilty of providing fraud and criminal methods for using data inaccuracies in KFC’s sorting systems. They were sentenced to 15 to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay fines ranging from 5 155 to 30 930.
Some Internet users who have responded to popular reports about the case have argued that the penalties imposed on students are too harsh and that gaps in KFC’s online orders should be criticized.
KFC is one of the most popular fast food chains in China. The brand has more than 7,000 stores in Asian countries.