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A man was stabbed to death in the parking lot of a Maryland Popeye’s after an argument broke out over the chain’s popular chicken sandwich.
Prince George’s County police said the altercation began after a man cut in front of another man waiting in line for the sandwich at the Oxon Hill restaurant, local station WTTG reports.
“This individual was in line, a line specifically for the sale of the sandwich, when another customer and he got into an altercation. That ended with the victim being stabbed outside of the business,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said in a news conference, according to WTOP.
The victim was stabbed multiple times after the argument spilled out into the parking lot.
Police arrived at the scene around 7 p.m. and began to perform lifesaving measures, but the 28-year-old victim, who has not been publicly identified, died at the hospital a short time later.
Investigators are now searching for the suspect in the case.
“For you to get that angry over anything, for that type of anger to develop into this type of violence, again, is a very sad and tragic day and that person needs to turn himself in,” Donelan said.
The popular chicken sandwich had just been re-released on Sunday after a two-month hiatus, according to NBC News.
It was initially released in August, but demand quickly outpaced supply due to its viral popularity, sparking other instances of violence across the country. In Texas, an angry group approached the restaurant with a gun drawn in September after they were told in the drive-through line that the sandwich was already sold out.
The highly-sought after sandwich also prompted a lawsuit in Tennessee after a customer claimed the chain was using “deceptive business practices” and “false advertising” after the sandwich quickly sold out, NBC News reports.
The popular food chain weighed in on this week’s stabbing in Maryland in a statement to NBC News.
“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,” the company said. “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends and we are fully cooperating with local authorities.”
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