'Rick and Morty' Fans Dispersed by LAPD Over McDonald's Szechuan Sauce Fiasco

  • 'Rick and Morty' Fans Dispersed by LAPD Over McDonald's Szechuan Sauce Fiasco

'Rick and Morty' Fans Dispersed by LAPD Over McDonald's Szechuan Sauce Fiasco

Over the weekend, police were called to McDonald's outlets across the United States of America to calm the furious Rick & Morty fans queuing for Szechuan sauce. Each location only had a limited amount of the sauce.

Yesterday, we were truly humbled by the unbelievable curiosity, passion and energy this community showed to welcome back Szechuan Sauce-even if just for one day. "We're bringing more - a lot more - so that any fan who's willing to do whatever it takes for Szechuan Sauce will only have to ask for it at a nearby McDonald's", the statement read.

It is one of the series' most beloved jokes, and it began to take on a life of its own among fans, as can often happen in the culture of obsessive fandom.

THR reached out to Roiland and Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon, as well as Adult Swim for comment on the incident.

On 7 October 2017, McDonald's Rick and Morty-themed "Szechuan Sauce" promotion led to fan disappointment, a social media controversy, and the chain's subsequent announcement they would bring the product back after the botched release. And then you just have a packet of $300 McDonald's Szechuan sauce lying around, waiting for that special day.

However, McDonald's neglected to mention that each location would only have a very limited number of sauce packets to hand out, with customers reporting that McDonald's only allotted 20 for each store. "It's sort of like an inside joke with these people.It's a TV show that comes on and it's really amusing and it references the sauce".

Even though the corporation wildly underestimated demand and put its franchises in the crosshairs of some unruly crowds, the fans behaved, on the whole, in the extreme. Lines to the fast-food restaurant were out the door, and some locations ran out of the sauce within minutes. There is now a Szechuan sauce packet going for $250 on eBay.

After facing online harassment and in-person harassment of employees, McDonalds issued a statement on Twitter apologizing for the miscalculation, and a promise to bring back even more of the sauce this winter.

"Not cool", the fast-food company said in a Twitter post Sunday.

Police were also called to a McDonald's in Florida when customers reportedly refused to leave after being told there was no sauce left.

In world where one feels relatively unimportant, maybe it's nice to pretend that a cartoon you like-and Szechuan sauce-matters.