Step aside Rick and Morty watchers, the “real” Rick and Morty fans once again have no chill.
After a Season 3 episode in which Rick goes to excessive lengths—having a multidimensional battle with all the other Ricks which leads the show to fold over itself—just to get some throwback Szechuan dipping sauce from McDonald’s, the fast food chain decided to take seemingly harmless advantage of the opportunity. But it led to complete chaos.
For one day, this past Saturday, McDonald’s brought back the sauce. Unfortunately, they miscalculated the demand and the ravenous, immature nature of the fandom.
Fans waited in lines for so long, sometimes even crossing the border into Canada to get their precious sauce, that when it was no longer available, they freaked tf out.
See below where a bunch of jerks harass fast food employees over a sauce promotion inspired by a cartoon.
But wait, there’s more.
Fans who were able to get a hold of the sauce after waiting in line for hours are now taking pictures of it to sell online.
So you can’t buy the actual sauce, but for $10, you can have a framed photo of it. Of sauce.
If you want a real sauce packet, well, that’ll cost you up to $300. And then you just have a packet of $300 McDonald’s Szechuan sauce lying around, waiting for that special day. Rabid fans, if you’re reading this, don’t make the same mistake I did when Lisa Frank was closing down.
Meanwhile, the co-creators of the show are distancing themselves from the incident, making it clear that they and Adult Swim had nothing to do with the promotion, and didn’t like the way fans were reacting.
FYI: We had nothing to do with this McDonald’s stuff. Not happy w/how this was handled. Please be cool to the employees it’s not their fault
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) October 8, 2017
McDonald’s was surprisingly apologetic of the shortage, announcing that they would do another promotion for a longer period of time so they don’t sell out. If the harassment and angry chanting workers received (which sometimes led to getting the police involved) was worth it, good for them I guess?
But if I were them, I would bury it all under the rug quick so the Rick and Morty groupies can go back to their homes to stay in and watch Rick and Morty. Let this be a lesson to Shoney’s.
In the meantime, I’m just thankful I wasn’t craving one of those delicious McDonald’s hash browns on Saturday.