A Washington, D.C.-area man was stabbed to death at a Popeye’s restaurant Monday night when he attempted to cut in line in front of another patron waiting to buy one of the chain’s new chicken sandwiches.
Local news reports said a fight erupted inside the restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland, around 7 p.m. and spilled outside. Officers responding to the scene said they found the 28-year-old man, described only as a resident of the Washington-area, in the parking lot suffering from stab wounds.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and died about an hour later. The assailant was still at large Tuesday morning.
“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 of the business,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan told WTTG-TV late Monday.
“For you to get that angry over anything; for that type of anger to develop into this type of violence . . . is a very sad and tragic day,” Donelan told reporters at the scene.
Popeye’s began selling the much-ballyhooed chicken sandwiches again over the weekend. Social media was filled with reports of long lines of customers at both the drive-thru windows and in the restaurants.
THIS DUDES CAR BROKE DOWN IN THE LINE FOR POPEYES AND THEYRE JUST GONNA PUSH IT THROUGH ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT pic.twitter.com/aipTUPeCPr— ESA (Emotional Support Anarchist) (@HYENABLOOD) November 3, 2019
When the chicken sandwiches were first launched over the summer, sparking a social media frenzy, they quickly sold out and the chain had to halt sales for two months.