Police Were Called When People Didn’t Get Their Szechuan Sauce In America
People couldn't believe their eyes and ears when McDonald's announced it would relaunch it's Szechuan sauce. The sauce had faded into a distant memory for many people until Adult Swim's Rick and Morty hilariously obsessed over it and practically forced the fast food empire to bring it back.
Naturally, people all across America feverishly lined up at the select restaurants and waited patiently to get their hands on the liquid gold that hasn't been seen since 1998, when it was used to promote the Disney film Mulan.
But while McDonald's did tell people there would only be a very, very limited supply handed out, they didn't specify just how limited it would be. When stores ran out, people got angry and even started chanting 'we want sauce'.
Police were allegedly called to one outlet to keep some of the angrier people back.
McDonald's has posted a message on Twitter thanking everyone for supporting the 'super limited' release, and apologised to those who didn't get any. But several hashtags, including #giveusthesauce and #iwantmymcnuggetsauce, went viral, with people using social media to vent their frustrations and express just how damaging this has been.
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Some recounted stories of children as young as nine crying because they didn't get a chance to taste the sauce, while others simply told McDonald's that it seriously underestimated how big the Rick and Morty fanbase is.
Since the whole debacle happened, people who did manage to get their hands on the sauce have posted it on eBay looking for a quick buck or two. Shockingly, there are some tiny packets being sold for a whopping $20,000 (£15,316).
This seller says: "I stood in line at a Tampa location beginning at 9am for the 2pm release. The McDonald's only had about 10 packets. I was number eight in line. If you're a Rick and Morty fan this is the ultimate collectable."
Is sauce really worth that much?
People are also selling the promotional poster, which was also in limited supply, for upwards of $2,000 (£1,531).
This never would have happened if Rick hadn't ranted about the sauce in the first episode of the third season, telling Morty: "I want the chicken McNugget Szechuan Sauce... if it takes nine seasons."
McDonald's also gave the show's co-creator Justin Roiland a massive bottle of the sauce as a way of saying thanks for stirring up so much support and attention to something that was 18 years old. Hopefully the restaurant chain will release more Szechuan sauce around the world and ensure there's enough for everyone.
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