According to the Missoulian, a local paper in Missoula, Montana, the story is thus: one as yet unnamed truck driver began hauling about 35,000 pounds of raw chicken, valued at around $80,000, in his 53-foot big rig. The driver, whose truck is registered in Idaho to a company called Dixie River, stopped at a truck stop in Missoula, a charming little city near the Idaho border, and sent a text to his bosses.
That text demanded a ransom for returning the chicken to the company that owned it. It’s not known now how much money he demanded, only that Dixie River declined to pay the ransom for a product they already owned, at least temporarily. The driver’s response? Screw it. He left the truck in the late summer sun of Missoula and walked away.
This chain of events was discovered a few days afterward, as the chicken began leaking what are described as a mixture of red and translucent juices (gross) and emitting a faint but noticeable stench of decay (also gross). Currently, various Montana authorities are trying to figure out what to do with the chicken; Dixie River has to figure out if the cab of the truck itself is able to be salvaged, and the local Health Department has to figure out how to dispose of 35,000 pounds of rotting chicken that at this point certainly nobody can eat.
We wish all the best to the residents of a currently smelly Missoula.
(Image of raw but not rancid chicken via Raul Perez)