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Chinese woman gets dumped by her boyfriend, spends an entire week moping at a KFC restaurant

Tan Shen, we get it, we do.

Breaking up is hard, getting dumped is harder still, and sometimes the only answer is an order of chicken wings with a side of extra large fries. The difference is most people grab their bag of fast-food feelings and head for home to sob, Bridget-Jones style, on the couch. Shen, 26, walked into a KFC in Chengdu, China, and proceeded to mope in the restaurant for an entire week, Yahoo News UK reports.

Shen even called in sick to work so she could keep hanging out at what has to be one of the cheaper alternatives to therapy. Employees eventually noticed that even as they finished their shifts and returned again each day, Shen was still there, in the same clothes, eating her chicken orders. They asked her if she was okay, and she said she was fine, so they decided to let her stay.

"She was after all a paying customer, even if a bit of an odd one," Jiang Li Lung, a worker at the restaurant, said.

After a week spent figuring out her next, newly independent-woman move, Shen decided to go stay with her parents. Also, the local media began to show up to try to interview her.

"I hadn't planned on staying there long," Shen said. "I just wanted some chicken wings."