Student jailed in China for two years after exploiting KFC app glitch to get endless free chicken
- The 23-year-old, identified only as ‘Xu’, discovered a glitch in KFC’s online order
- Student found that switching between KFC’s phone app and WeChat ordering system allowed him to generate unlimited free food stamps
- Xu took advantage of the problem to get £ 6,500 worth of free chicken, which he sold to others
- He also shared the outage with four friends, who stole another £ 15,500 worth of food
A Chinese student who exploited a glitch in KFC’s online ordering systems to get endless free chicken has been jailed.
Identified only as ‘Xu’, the 23-year-old managed to take in £ 6,500 worth of free food in just six months after discovering the outage in 2018.
He also shared the secret with four friends, who took together £ 15,500 of chicken before being stopped.
A 23-year-old student, named only as Xu, took advantage of a glitch between KFC’s WeChat pay site (pictured) and its mobile app to generate an infinite amount of free food vouchers
This week, Xu was jailed for two and a half years for fraud and fined £ 700 for the scheme, while his friends were sentenced to two years to 13 months in prison.
Xu discovered the outage while buying food with a voucher from KFC’s phone app in April 2018, according to Chinese state media.
He found that by switching between the KFC app and the company’s store on WeChat, the Chinese equivalent of WhatsApp, he was able to place an order with the voucher, even though it was still in his wallet on the other account.
This effectively generated infinite free food stamps, buying him £ 6,500 worth of chicken between April and October of that year.
Xu kept some of the food for himself, but also sold reduced meals to his classmates.
Over the course of six months, Xu ordered chicken worth £ 6,500 and shared the outage with three friends who used it to bring another £ 15,500 chicken (file image)
He also shared the secret with four close friends, who similarly exploited it, getting away with free food worth between £ 1,000 and £ 5,200 each.
The gang was eventually caught, and Xu admitted that he used the mistake to order free food and passed the valuable information on to his friends.
He was brought to a court in Shanghai this week, where he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, reduced to two years for his guilty plea.
Xu’s friends were sentenced to prison terms ranging from two years to 13 months, and fines of between £ 400 and £ 100.