Man sues Popeyes over sold-out chicken sandwich: 'I can't get happy'

The civil summons against Popeyes Chicken from Craig Barr. Image WTVC

The civil summons against Popeyes Chicken from Craig Barr. Image WTVC

"It just consumes you".

The lawsuit was filed with Hamilton County court who scheduled a date for October 28 in Chattanooga.

Popeyes tweeted early this week announcing that the sandwich was officially sold out nationwide, but even before the announcement, getting a hold of one was no easy task, with lines lasting hours and individual locations selling out of supplies.

"It's totally deceptive. Who runs out of chicken?". Alas, the chicken sandwich bootlegger was a fraud and ran off with Barr's money. It's a big fiasco.

In his complaint, Barr says that he answered an ad on Craigslist by a purported employee of the Broad Street location who was charging $25 to set aside sandwiches for customers in the walk-in freezer.

The man then says he paid someone for a confiscated sandwich, but the person never delivered.

Jené Walker and her coworker were headed to a nearby Popeyes in North Carolina to try the sandwich when they saw a Chick-fil-A worker handing out Chick-fil-A sandwiches to Popeyes employees. "Someone has to stand up to big corporate", said an agitated Barr.

Demand for the new sandwich exceeded expectations, with the item selling out within days of its August 12 launch.

The company issued a statement saying that the entire company (yes, the ENTIRE company) is out of the chicken sandwich. "I got scammed", Barr told the paper.

The hype, replete with videos on YouTube of people literally fighting over the sandwich in Popeyes chains, has reportedly been worth $65 million in media value to the company.

On Wednesday the official Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Instagram account posted the following picture (above), stating that they were working to get the sandwiches back in restaurants as soon as possible.

Popeyes did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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