Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen set fire to the world on August 12 with the release of a new crispy chicken sandwich that the New Yorker called an "exquisite plate of chicken breast, hefty and juicy and snowy, in its crown of armor of the unusual crispy fried stir. "
Households with long-standing devotion to Chick-fil-A were suddenly divided. Brother supported brother, mother against daughter and whole families against a healthy, balanced diet ̵
The aftermath of the creation of the sandwich has been a portrait of American frailty.
Drive through lines stretching around blocks, uniformed flocks of patrons unwilling to park and tread in the 17 difficult steps from the car door to Popeye's counter. A champion, desperate for a taste, breaks from the flock and ventures indoors – Pheidippides embodied, ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver the good news about fried chicken on a brioche bowl.
With Chick-fil-A yet to make the move to US military installations, Popeyes zeroed in on CONUS-based service members.
The priorities were preparedness and mortality. You had fried chicken, jam and sandwiches.
But it turns out that the demand from troops, combined with the insatiable appetite of an increasingly overweight public, was too much for the ambitious fast food chain, which relinquished its $ 3.99 sandwich production just two weeks after its debut.  Sandwiches flowed out of the French fries at a rate – about 1,000 sandwiches per day per store – which was significantly better than the speed that processing centers could decapitate chickens.
"We need more machetes!" "My arms are sore!" Exhausted workers could be heard screaming behind the closed doors of undoubtedly sanitary Popeyes factories.
The white flag of the restaurant was not well received by eager supporters who had rejected Chick-fil-A.
During a Popeyes drive through Houston, Texas, an armed group of three men, two women and a baby – the baby was reportedly not armed – abandoned their anger in their car and attempted to break into the street kitchen after the attendance broke the chicken-free news.
The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a Popeye's chicken sandwich.
Craig Barr of Tennessee was so incensed by the non-existent sandwiches placed in his stomach that he sued Popeyes, accusing them of misleading business practices and false advertising after driving to multiple locations just to be turned away everytime.
The desperate Barr went so far as to send someone pretending to be a $ 24 Popeyes employee after the person posted an advertisement on Craigslist claiming to be tossing sandwiches under the table.
All the time, troops stationed overseas waited patiently for Christmas morning-like euphoria to arrive with the arrival of the sandwich to any number of the 34 Popeyes locations on foreign installations.
But it never came. And with the infamous Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Hunger Hunger starving our brave servicemen and women at home, there is no sign that it will ever do so.
Foreign troops and their families are not satisfied – hopes are stagnant, forced to live a chicken sandwich-less existence devoid of all joy.
A Popeyes spokeswoman offered foreign personnel little in the way of comfort.
"We, together with our suppliers, are working tirelessly to bring the new sandwich back to guests as soon as possible," she told Stars and Stripes. "Popeyes is currently focused on the launch of its new chicken sandwich in the United States. I will make sure to keep you posted when I have more information to share."
If only service members could satisfy hunger with "more information."