Freshness is great and all, but poultry intended for consumption should generally be dead before it is brought into a restaurant kitchen. Health inspectors in Sumter, S.C. were surprised recently when they discovered a restaurant called Kobe Japanese Steakhouse was harboring live chickens in its kitchen, reports WLTX.
Owner Amy Zhao says a friend gave her the chickens on June 30; she says she wasn't planning to serve them in the restaurant, but rather intended to "cook them for her son." Unfortunately for Zhao, the health department showed up the same day for a routine inspection; the presence of the live chickens and "evidence of chickens being butchered" in the kitchen earned the restaurant a C grade. Inspectors reportedly stuck around until the chickens — both dead and alive — were removed, and "the kitchen was completely cleared and sanitized." A followup inspection the following week netted the Japanese steakhouse an A, and the owner says "it will never happen again."
The chickens probably weren't as lucky as a live hen that was discovered wandering around outside a KFC in Scotland last year; said bird found refuge at a local SPCA.