Well guys it happened. Popeyes is broken and we, the customers, just might be to blame. The restaurant chain recently took to social media to state that they would no longer be selling their delicious chicken sandwich “…for now.” As we know, this summer Popeyes’ chicken sandwich not only got rave reviews but also caused competition between Chick-fil-A as people began comparing the two sandwiches. You may have read how North Carolina teen David Ledbetter who took advantage of the situation by registering people to vote for this upcoming presidential election. You can read more about that here.
Despite the good that came out of this sandwich battle, there was some bad that ultimately prompted Popeyes to choose to discontinue their top selling item. The discontinuation might’ve stemmed from the fact that many employees were being mistreated by crazed customers who would stop at nothing to get the sandwich. One man going as far as bringing a raw chicken (yes you heard me right: A RAW CHICKEN to a restaurant so that they could cook it since they ran out of chicken sandwiches. Another man reportedly caused chaos in the drive thru of another Popeyes because of the shortage in sandwiches. Between that and the ridiculously long lines it’s no wonder Popeyes called it quits.
Of course Popeyes announcement was met with some backlash. One person tweeting, “How does a chicken restaurant run out of chicken? I’m taking my money and talent back to Chick-fil-A. They would never.” While this is disappointing news for many of us who liked the sandwich that just officially debuted on August 12th, I can understand Popeyes not wanting to deal with such aggressive customers and all the work it takes to fix that many sandwiches every day.
Popeyes did in fact emphasize that they only sold out “for now,” so it is possible that it could make a return at a later date. Hopefully when it does come back everyone won’t go bat crazy over it to the point of causing chaos for workers.
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By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Senior, Brooks College Prep