Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich Craze Turns Deadly After Man Stabbed To Death In Line
A 28-year-old man was stabbed to death at a Maryland Popeye's restaurant following an altercation over the chicken sandwiches which were returned Sunday.
Someone lost their life over a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich after the popularity of the new menu item brought more business than the fast food chain can handle. The sandwich craze now involves bloodshed and has an official body count after a Popeyes chicken sandwich tussle ended in a fatal stabbing. Something like this would never happen at a Chick-fil-A.
Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
The Louisiana-based fast food chain brought back its popular chicken sandwich after a shortage forced them off the menus shortly after its debut in August. It didn’t take long for things to turn deadly at a Maryland Popeyes.
Popeyes smartly timed the sandwich’s relaunch with National Sandwich Day. In addition, the relaunch fell on Sunday, November 3rd which also happens to be the day its biggest competition, Chick-fil-A, is closed.
The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich created such a buzz that long lines have been the norm across the country.
Ultimately, the sandwich hype proved fatal for a 28-year-old man whose life was taken by another Popeyes patron. The two men jockeyed for position in line over one of the sandwiches.
The victim was stabbed at a Popeyes Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
“This individual was in line, a line specifically for the sale of the sandwich, when another customer and he got into an altercation,” Jennifer Donelan, director of media relations for the Prince George’s County Police Department, said. “That ended with the victim being stabbed outside of the business.”
“Somebody cut in front of the other,” she continued. “For you to get that angry over anything, for that type of anger to develop into this type of violence, again, is a very sad and tragic day.
So somebody literally died over a damn Popeye's Chicken sandwich huh? pic.twitter.com/MPSTqFqDnc
— Thomas Q. Jones (@thomasqjones) November 5, 2019
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Popeyes v. Chick-fil-A
There have been fights across the country over these chicken sandwiches, but this is the first resulting in murder.
This behavior is the complete opposite of what happens at Chick-fil-A. Above all, Chick-fil-A fosters an atmosphere where patrons are brought their food and often asked multiple times if they would like their drinks refilled. The food at the Christian-owned restaurant is delicious and customers are treated like friends.
Chick Fil A v. Popeyes pic.twitter.com/TRGQ9wshpw
— Ian Happ Fan Club 🦃 (@teencubsfans) November 5, 2019
In fact, a Chick-fil-A employee saved a child’s life earlier this year by climbing through the drive thru window. The employee used his pocket knife to free the child from a seatbelt that was literally choking him.
Read the full story: Chick-fil-A Employee Climbs Out Drive-Thru Window Into Customer’s Car
Popeyes Stabbing Under Investigation
Police are searching for the suspect in the Maryland stabbing. Donelan asked patrons at the restaurant to reach out to police to provide information.
“We are looking for a male, and that male knows who he is,” Donelan said. “He knows what he did here tonight, and he needs to do the right thing and he needs to step up and turn himself in.”
More information is in the tweeted video below.
Man killed over Popeye’s Spicy Chicken sandwhich In Maryland… pic.twitter.com/ZaIBoPVGGL
— East Coast Renaissance (@EastRenaissance) November 5, 2019
More Fights at Popeyes
Be cautious if you choose to venture out and sample the trendy sandwich. Since the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich craze turned deadly, more fights are erupting as tempers of patrons and employees alike flare under the pressure.
This video was shot at another Maryland Popeyes location just after the fatal stabbing: