You cannot make this stuff up.

Three employees of the Mysterious & Inscrutable Colonel were suspended on Tuesday for using company property in a way not prescribed, recommended or approved by the Sacred 3-Ring Binder and then being brave / stupid enough to post their hilarious photographs up on a social networking site.

Just to make sure that no-one could possibly ever find the pics, they ingeniously titled the Gallery, KFC Moments.” These fine specimens of the fast food industry decided to use one of the very large sinks to have a hot-tub experience together as they were scrubbing down the store for a close one evening. The captions were pretty clever too, my favourite being, “haha we turned on the jets.”

The small pic, bottom centre, immediately made me wonder had our intrepid bathers raided the secret-herb-and-spices box? And how come they didn’t take a dip in the toastie hot deep fat fryers too? Maybe the baskets weren’t big enough?

The question, “What were they thinking?” seems pretty much superfluous at this point …

UPDATE: “KFC has zero tolerance for violations of our operating standards, and our franchisee has taken immediate action by terminating the employees who were involved,” said Rick Maynard [who sounds like a real life-and-soul-of-the-party sort of guy]

Now, is it just me, or does that seem a little extreme? Terminated? Dude, couldn’t you just have fired the bathing beauties?

Besides, wouldn’t it be, like, uber-expensive to bring Arnie out of retirement for just this one job? Is that what KFC calls looking out for the shareholders’ interests?

H/T: Kim