Popeyes’ hugely popular spicy chicken sandwich returned to restaurants across the country on Sunday, sparking chaos as desperate customers battled to get hold of the savory treat.
After being out of stock in recent months, the item returned to menus on National Sandwich Day, inspiring chaos.
Videos started circulating on Sunday of people throwing tantrum’s over the sandwiches. One man at a crowded Harlem location screamed at staff because he felt they were taking to long for his order of 10 sandwiches!
Down in Florida, wild photos and videos from a Popeyes at Union Park showed a pair of customers pushing their broken down car through the drive thru in a bid to get their hands on the viral feast.
The madness begins lol Popeyes in Harlem 125th and Lexington pic.twitter.com/3AbjEOxhFZ
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The $3.99 meal, which comes in classic and spicy, debuted for the first time in August and was met with a frantic craze that led to long lines and fist fights at several restaurants. The sandwich sold out in a matter of just two weeks.
The fast-food joint announced the the crispy chicken was back on the menu on Sunday tweeting: ‘This is not a drill… We’re fully stocked.’
After two months of waiting for Popeyes’ highly-popular chicken sandwich to return, fans started to line up for the sandwich before stores opened at 10am.
On Sunday the lines began before restaurant doors even opened and social media users were quick to share videos and photos of the craze.
One man shared a video of a line outside a Popeyes in Savannah, Georgia going out the parking lot and wrapping around the street. Another man shared a similar scene where the line stretched along a highway in Orlando, Florida.
Another Twitter user shared a video in showing a group of men pushing a car that ran out of gas through the Popeyes’ drive-thru in Union Park, Florida for a taste of the spicy chicken.
‘There was 30+ cars backed up waiting to turn right into Popeyes and another 20 backed up in the turn lane waiting to turn left,’ one Twitter user wrote.
‘9.39…Popeyes don’t open til 10 but we ready,’ another user shared showing a picture of a line of customers standing in a line outside the restaurant.
The Popeyes sandwich was a part of a ‘Chicken Wars’ between several fast food restaurants – including Chick-fil-A which is notably closed on Sundays – fighting for the best chicken sandwich.
The summer craze saw customers become outraged as the sandwich quickly sold out in locations across the nation, sparking fights between costumers and Popeyes costumers.
In one August viral video incident at an unknown location an irate Popeyes customer jumped through a drive-thru window to fight with three employees, angry that there were no more chicken sandwiches left at that location.
Another furious brawl broke out in Brooklyn in August when customers stood in line for an hour and were outraged to learn that the chain ran out. An argument escalated to the point where a Popeye’s employee was injured.
But the fast food joint says they’re prepared to meet the demand this time around.
‘Across the system, franchisees have worked to increase staffing to be ready to serve guests once the chicken sandwich returns,’ Felipe Athayde, president of Popeyes for the Americas said to Penn Live Patriot News.
‘We’ve learned from this experience and are looking forward to serving the chicken sandwich to our guests again,’ he added.
‘We are confident that we’ll be able to meet the demand,’ Popeyes head of marketing Bruno Cardinali said to CNN.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Marlene Lenthang and Matthew Wright