McDonald's Rick and Morty Szechuan Sauce stunt backfires as police called

Thousands of fans were left disappointed after failing to acquire the rare condiment

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 15 November 2017 11:22 GMT
(Netflix/Adult Swim)

A PR stunt which saw McDonald's resurrect an old dipping sauce due to its inclusion in Rick and Morty backfired as police were called to scenes after thousands of fans were left disappointed.

The season three premiere of adult cartoon Rick and Morty saw many references to McDonald's Szechuan Sauce, a dip originally only available in 1998 as part of a tie-in with Disney film Mulan.

After sending creator Justin Roiland a large bottle of the sauce back in July, the fast food chain recently announced the sauce would be returning for one day only on 7 October - an event the corporation described as a “really, really limited release” to select locations in the US only.

Fans turned up in their hundreds demanding the condiment - so much so that police were called to some restaurants amid rising tensions when many failed to get what they had turned up for.

Rick and Morty viewers expressed outrage on social media with one video showing police holding back a crowd chanting “we want sauce.”

McDonald's later issued an apology emphasising their initial disclaimer that the release was “limited.”

Rick and Morty's third season finale aired last week, an episode which hinted that fans have a rather long time to wait until season four. You can read our review here.

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