KFC ‘Internet Escape Pod’ blocks wireless signals
Nov. 22 (UPI) — Fast food chain KFC is encouraging customers to spend some time in meatspace with an “Internet Escape Pod,” a tent that blocks wireless signals.
The fried chicken eatery’s online store is offering the “Internet Escape Pod” for $10,000, and the indoor tent features the likeness of Colonel Sanders spreading his oversized arms and torso over the structure.
“Cyber Monday is fast approaching, which means you are about to be bombarded with a hailstorm of coupons, BOGOs, hot dealz, and brand advertising,” KFC said on its website. “Find sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones under Colonel Sanders and his Internet Escape Pod. Yup, this dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices.”
The $10,000 prize tag includes the cost of a KFC representative visiting the home of a buyer to assemble the tent.
“In case you haven’t noticed, our specialty is fried chicken, not internet-blocking cages. Although we have done our best to ensure total internet escape, a special person with a gizmo has to test our cage before we can claim total and utter signal impenetrability. Upon installation, every effort will be taken to ensure it fully blocks your device. You have the Colonel’s word,” the product description says.
KFC said the product is limited edition and lasts only until the current supply is sold out.
“We’ve come up with several technologically advanced, creative experiences for our customers and fans this year. But even we feel the burden of technology during the holiday season. So we decided to go in the opposite direction and create an anti-technology product, using technology, to help one lucky buyer literally escape the holiday chaos,” said George Felix, director of advertising for KFC.