KFC in Canada now accepts Bitcoin

Johannesburg - Fast food chicken franchise KFC will now allows customers in Canada to pay for a bucket meal using Bitcoin. 

According to KFC’s Canadian website the fast food chain will, for a limited time, offer customers the opportunity to purchase the Bitcoin bucket.

This bucket will include 10 original recipe tenders, waffle fries, a medium side, a medium gravy and 2 dips - all for $20 (approximately R198).

Bitcoin has seen a turbulent year so far with the cryptocurrency behaving erratically after a major dip in its value toward the end of 2017.

“For a limited time, orders will be fulfilled within Canadian delivery zones. We can only accept purchases within Canada. Apologies, rest of the world,” the company states on its website.

KFC in Canada joins numerous outlets and retailers, testing the cryptocurrency as a method of payment, including stores in South Africa. 

In September last year, Pick n Pay successfully tested Bitcoin purchases, allowing customers to pay for groceries using Bitcoin. 

The retailer, together with tech companies Electrum and Luno, allowed staff to pay for groceries via Bitcoin at its head office in Cape Town.

The pilot programme was limited to one store and is no longer active.

While Pick n Pay did not say whether or when everyday customers would be able to pay with Bitcoin at its stores, it describes the cryptocurrency as a "game changer for the retail industry".   

Pick n Pay previously told Fin24 the pilot programme resulted in a transaction that was safe, without cash risk and no card fraud risk. 

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