Just one day after the re-release of Popeyes best-selling chicken sandwich, a Maryland man was stabbed to death on Monday night during an argument over the popular fast food item.
According to The Washington Post, a 28-year-old man from Oxon Hill, Maryland was the victim of a fatal stabbing moments after an argument broke out around 7 p.m. in the line of a local Popeyes. The altercation occurred after one customer cut in front of another while waiting to order food, and quickly escalated into a melee that spilt out into the street.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds. According to Prince George’s County police authorities, the assailant fled the scene.
Police have not yet arrested the man in connection to the stabbing, but have reportedly urged him to come forward to turn himself in, the Post reports.
“We do not yet know whether this was the result of a dispute over one of our products or something unrelated, but there is no reason for someone to lose their life on a Monday night in a parking lot,” Popeyes said via a released statement. “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends and we are fully cooperating with local authorities.”
Since the August release of Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, there’s been much media attention surrounding it. While most of it was in good fun, there were some serious moments that made us take pause. According to NBC News, a man pulled a gun on Popeyes workers after they revealed a shortage of sandwiches at a location in Texas. And in Tennessee, a patron filed a lawsuit accusing the chain of “deceptive business practices.”
Others on social media have noted the lack of sensitivity in taking pictures of workers who look tired and overworked due to the high demand of the fast food item.
But the recent events in Maryland have definitely overshadowed the above mentioned incidents, as a man has now lost his life at the popular franchise.