When McDonald’s decided to tip the hat at “Rick and Morty” fans by reintroducing Szechuan sauce for a limited time, the internet went crazy and everyone was looking forward to trying the fabled condiment. However, a shortage of the special sauce has caused fans and patrons alike to go bonkers, with some locations even witnessing riots.
Szechuan sauce first hit the culinary scene back in 1998, when McDonald’s offered it to customers as a tie-in promo for the Disney movie “Mulan.” While it was not a viral sensation back then, “Rick and Morty” made Szechuan sauce happen once again with an episode that saw the character Rick desperately searching for the delicious creation.
The fast food chain spotted an opportunity to drum up business by declaring October 7 the day that Szechuan would make its return – for one day only. To make things worse for fans frantically searching for a taste, McDonald’s only rolled out the sauce at some locations and had a vanishingly small supply, with some customers reporting that their chosen restaurant ran out after handing over only 20 packets.
This did not sit well with “Rick and Morty” fans, many of whom lined up for hours only to learn that McDonald’s had run out of the sauce long before.
In Wellington, Florida, an angry crowd grew so belligerent that employees were forced to call the police, the Palm Beach Post reported. Over 60 fans were in line at the time, with some arriving as early as four hours before the sauce was slated to be offered to the public.
“It’s a scam,” said 15-year-old Kurt Nolan, who showed up with his mom to get his hands on the fabled sauce. “They made us buy food and made us believe they had the sauce.”
McDonald’s took to Twitter to offer up an apology to jilted customers.
“The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we’re sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan,” the company said.