Amid Rumors, Kentucky Fried Chicken is Not Accepting Dash, Says CEO of KFC Venezuela


A recent annoucement on Twitter by Mark Mason, the PR director for Dash, told the public that the Venezuela’s KFC would be allowing for payments with BTC. The post read,

“Major News! #KFC is joining 2440 #Dash accepting merchants in #Venezuela @Dashpay continues to lead from the front as the leading #Cryptocurrency for payments & e-commerce! Instant, secure & user friendly $Dash is digital cash, everyday payments made easy!”

Since the December 7th claim, the CEO for KFC Venezuela, Antonio Sampayo, decided to speak out. According to Sampayo, this statement is completely false, and the location will not be accepting the altcoin Dash, based on a report from Criptonoticias that was published on December 10th.

Though the CEO admitted that there were talks about a crypto-related test, there’s no finalized contract. Furthermore, Sampayo noted that the concept of using Dash for payment “is not a fact, nor has the publication of any news been authorized.”

The annoucement that this change would be happening was accompanied by a video, stating that there are presently 2,400+ merchants that would be accepting Dash. They were included amongst other fast food chains like Subway and Papa Johns.

The use of Dash is fairly commonplace in Venezuela, which is mostly due to the simple payments it allows. It is also used by many small family businesses in the area, which seemed to be a motivator for bigger companies to take on the option as well.

Ryan Taylor, the CEO of Dash Core Group, spoke in August about how Venezuela had become the second largest market for the altcoin. Presently, there is close to 100 merchants that presently allow residents to pay with it.

To capitalize on the progress some sectors for KFC are having with cryptocurrency, KFC Canada chose to feature a product called “Bitcoin Bucket” at the beginning of the year. The only way it can be purchased is with Bitcoin.

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