A man died outside of a Maryland Popeyes last night after a fight broke out while waiting in line for the new Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, which was released Sunday on National Chicken Sandwich Day.
Right now, it’s unclear if the fight was about the chicken sandwich in question, or whether the men had other issues. But police are suggesting that this a chicken sandwich-related crime, and with lines for the release stretching in the street at many locations, backing up traffic, we’re not surprised.
Apparently, police were called to a Popeyes in Oxen Hill, which is within Prince George’s County, Maryland, just after 7 pm on Monday night. PG County is just outside of Washington, DC.
What happened, according to witnesses that the police have been able to speak with so far, is that an unknown man attempted to cut in front of the line. Another man, a 28-year-old who has yet to be identified to the public, took issue with that.
After heated words were exchanged, the two took the fight outside. A scuffle occurred, and one of the men pulled a knife.
Police were called, and many witnesses – along with the attacker – fled. He was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, his wounds were too great and did not make it.
A spokesman for Prince George’s Police Department, Jennifer Donelan, said of the fight, “We have been able to determine, preliminarily, that this is related to the release of the sandwich here at this restaurant… this individual was in line specifically for the sale of the sandwich when another customer and he got into an altercation and that ended with the victim being stabbed outside the business.”
During a short interview with the news, Donelan asked anyone who was in the restaurant at the time of the stabbing to come forward. She also said that the attacker “knows who he is” and “what he has done”, and that he should come forward to make things right.
This sandwich has been out for less than 48 hours, after the first ‘round’ two months ago when it sold out in just weeks. It has become an internet sensation, and some have called it the best fast food fried chicken sandwich out there.
One man will never know.