Story at a glance:
- Ordering or delivering food fast is illegal in New Zealand’s largest city due to the pandemic.
- Two men were busted with KFC and about $70,000.
- The lockdown in some parts of New Zealand is strict, with some people requiring “permitted movement” to commute to work or school.
Two men were busted with piping hot KFC, coleslaw and a lot of fries in New Zealand, a crime that could land them six months in jail or a steep fine of about $2,800.
In New Zealand, a country with about 5 million people and currently under different levels of government lockdown during the pandemic, its largest city, Auckland, is under severe lockdown — also known as a level 4 lockdown — The Guardian reported.
A level 4 lockdown means restaurants are not allowed to be open nor are residents supposed to be ordering takeout.
The unidentified suspects, aged 23 and 30, entered the court for violation of the country’s COVID-19 Public Health Response Act.
The duo was caught when a police cruiser spotted their suspicious car. The KFC smugglers chickened out on their destination and made a U-turn, but the police were able to track them down.
Inside the chicken mobile, authorities said they found more than NZ$100,000, or $70,000, The Guardian reported.
Other parts of New Zealand are on a level 2 lockdown, which would make eateries, cafes, bars and nightclubs okay to enjoy.
However, it was apparent to authorities that the chicken smugglers were traveling from Hamilton, about 75 miles south of the city.
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