The chicken craze

  • Why bring it back if you knew all this madness was going to happen again?

Who doesn’t like some delicious fried chicken that has the right spice, seasoning, and succulence? The consensus to that opening question would be probably a majority of you readers unless you’re a vegetarian or vegan. Anyways, I brought up that question to transition into what I’m going to being talking about in this blog post. It’s the re- release of Popeye’s famous, well now infamous in my opinion chicken sandwich. The craze and hype for this sandwich have gone out of hand and I’ll give a few examples to defend my statement. Having said that, many Popeye’s locations nationwide were swarmed by an onslaught of customers which resulted in employees becoming overwhelmed with stress because they’ve had difficulties combating the adversity they have faced thus far. For example, 38-year-old Wanda Lavender a store manager at one undisclosed Popeye’s claims to be fed up with hostile and overzealous customers. She also claims that her wages at $10 an hour aren’t enough to deal with this buffoonery because these customers will do anything to obtain that sandwich. In regards to that, violence in the form of fistfights is the first line of defense for these agitated customers when they can’t get what they want. On some occasions, it even turns fatal. For instance, I’ll take it a step further, a man in Maryland was stabbed to death over the sandwich due to line cutting and that type of anger over anything, in this case, a sandwich is tragic. Let’s move to another side of this anger, even though no one was hurt one customer threatened to shoot up the staff at the store because he couldn’t get his sandwich.

With all that said about the absurdity that followed the re-release of this hyped sandwich that I want to say I haven’t tried and as of now don’t care too. When it came out this past summer I decided on trying it but realized upon entering a Popeye’s that a line was forming outside the door. When I finally got to the counter to place my order a row of sandwiches were being prepared on the countertop and I made my decision to not buy it since I was getting a combo meal and it would have cost more with the sandwich. Anyways I went to counter and the cashier expected that I ordered the sandwich since everyone in the restaurant had been. I left her in complete confusion resulting in her charging me for the sandwich even though I didn’t order one. I tried to ease the tension by joking about the eagerness in all the eyes of the customers, and she canceled my ordered for the sandwich and gave me my combo meal. I point this out because the comeback of this sandwich is resulting in exhaustion and stress on the minds and bodies of the employees there, but you’ll always have dumb asses who take their anger out on the employees, not taking into account that these people are making a living to put food on the table for them and their kids. Besides, I believe there should be an organized and structured method when it comes to ordering these sandwiches in the future. For instance, I go to a movie theater I live next to and at this theater you need to order a ticket seat beforehand or someone will bump you out of the seat you’re in since it’s reserved for them. This assign seating was strange to me at first, but it made perfect sense in the grand scheme of things. So, if Popeye’s could have an online ordering for these sandwiches for there next release and require a ticket of purchase either on phone or printed then they can filter out the ones who have the proof to enjoy the sandwich and the ones who are there can order other things on the menu. With this strict kind of structure the violence can be hopefully eliminated because since this sandwich is a limited-time item, Popeye’s would need to implement a temporary ordering method. I want to revert to my point earlier in the post where I called the sandwich no longer famous but infamous because I believe it is. And the CEO of the company who is a white woman is probably looking from afar seeing all you idiots (black folk) fighting and dying over something that won’t last. If you were to look at this from a social science perspective, these fools are (Popeyes) test subjects and this sandwich is the item that can cause these test subjects to react in violence and they’ll take it all the way and lead each other into fatal results. That is just my opinion. That’s all I have to say, leave a like and comment if you feel the need to, and follow my page so you can be updated on my future posts. As always, peace and keep it real.

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