A shop in Ubon Ratchathani, a providence North-East of Thailand, has created a chicken shop named ÂHitlerÂ, the shop displays a logo merged with the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) logo, replacing Colonel SanderÂs head with Nazi leader Adolf HitlerÂs head completed with a fitted bowtie.
According to a Yum! spokesman, the parent company of KFC have told Huffington Post ÂWe find it extremely distasteful and are considering legal action since it is an infringement of our trademark and has nothing to do with us.Â The photo was found online by Andrew Spooner, who mentioned that he did not take the photograph himself.
However, KFC has called off its lawyers after learning that the ÂHitlerÂ chicken shop in Thailand had either shut down or had never existed in the first place! Despite this, the image generated much interest on the internet. KFCÂs trade mark is not the only fast food logo to have been copied. MacDonaldÂs famous red-headed clownÂs features have also been copied being replaced by HitlerÂs face completed with a Hitler moustache. Although MacDonaldÂs have not responded to the infringement, generally such trademark infringements are not taken lightly.
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