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Parents sell naming of their child to KFC for $11,000



Parents sell naming of their child to KFC for 11000

It was supposed to be a contest to celebrate the KFC founder Harland Sanders’ birthday. Upon further review, it’s a cruel use of bribery to compel parents to give their newborn child a name with a backstory that will follow them the rest of their lives.

In August, KFC issued a challenge:

KFC Launches Contest to Inspire the Next Generation of Harlands to the U.S. Social Security Administration, “Harland” ranked #3,257 on the list of most common baby names for 2017. To honor the world’s most famous chicken salesman, continue his namesake and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, KFC is offering a college donation to the first child born on the Colonel’s birthday (Sept. 9, 2018) named Harland.

As a birthday gift from the Colonel and KFC, the first baby Harland will receive $11,000 (in honor of KFC’s 11 herbs and spices, of course!) to go towards their college education, setting them up for future success.

That sounds relatively harmless until one takes into account that in this world of personal information flying around the internet, it’s certain that baby Harlands around the nation will be haunted by their parents’ choice to go for chicken dollars. Only one got the money. The rest who named their child Harland on September 9th are stuck with the name without college money set aside for them.

The luck girl was just announced.

My Take

Granted, this isn’t a big deal. Harland is actually a fine name. But there’s something not right about giving up the naming of your child for a chance at getting $1000 for each herb and spice used in a fast food chicken recipe.


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