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Fun, Games, Lawsuits and Other Yum Brands Shenanigans

November 28, 2009

In a heartwarming Thanksgiving-week story, Rapper 50 Cent has settled his copyright infringement lawsuit against Yum Brands, owner of Taco Bell, KFC and other fast food chains. Last year, Taco Bell President Greg Creed sent the media an “open letter” to the rapper, requesting that he change his name to 79 cent, 89 cent, or 99 cent to promote the chain’s underpriced, over-fatted “value” menu.

50 Cent was seeking $4 million in damages for the chain’s unauthorized use of his name in the letter; terms of settlement are confidential, leading the New York Post to speculate that he may have been paid “in cash or free chalupas.”

Bob Thompson with Ali A. Treki of Libya (KFC photo, via Louisville Courier Journal)

In another Yum Brands stunt just before Halloween, KFC mascot Colonel Sanders (aka, Bob Thompson, who won a look alike contest at the company’s annual World Chicken Festival in London, Ky., in 1993) offered free samples of grilled chicken across the street from the U.N. headquarters in New York (the company had previously sent an open letter to the UN requesting recognition of its “Grilled Nation” as the 193rd member country). Invited in by a chicken-addled security guard, Thompson was introduced to and photographed with Ali A. Treki of Libya, the President of the UN General Assembly. Startled by charges that his tour of the UN facility was being investigated as a security breach, Thompson noted that Treki appeared to know who Colonel Sanders was, stating “I assume they must have KFCs over there (in Libya) as well.”

According to a company spokesperson, there are no KFC outlets in Libya.

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