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Did the fast-food war over the best chicken sandwich just claim its first victim?

‘Pray for Popeyes’: Man trying to get chicken sandwich finds restaurant closed

An employee at a Gainesville, Florida Popeyes Louisiana Chicken was hospitalized on August 20, causing a section of the restaurant to shut down, according to a Facebook Live post. The video did not indicate how the employee was injured.
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An employee at a Gainesville, Florida Popeyes Louisiana Chicken was hospitalized on August 20, causing a section of the restaurant to shut down, according to a Facebook Live post. The video did not indicate how the employee was injured.

The Chicken War may have claimed its first casualty.

An employee at a Gainesville Popeyes Louisiana Chicken was hospitalized Tuesday, causing a section of the restaurant to shut down, according to a Facebook Live post.

Although the video did not indicate how the employee, reportedly named Tara, was injured, a tweet pointed to the store’s deluge of chicken sandwich orders:

“The Popeyes here in Gainesville, Florida just shut down because the manager got overwhelmed with the sammich [sic] orders and collapsed in some grease,” wrote the user.

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An employee from a Popeyes in Starke, Florida, had to come in and help. Customers, some of whom had been waiting in line for 30 minutes, received free food.

A spokesman for Popeyes did not immediately respond for comment.

The injury came one day after a snappy tweet from the Popeyes Twitter account aimed at Chick-fil-A ignited a full-on social media feud among various fast-food chains over which had the best chicken sandwich. Shake Shack, Bojangles’ and even Wendy’s joined in on the fun that had the Twitter world crying from laughter.

Popeyes’ original tweet sparked a countrywide interest in trying their new chicken sandwich. While Popeyes across the country have been flooded with customers, this was the first reported Chicken Wars-related injury.

The new Popeyes fried chicken sandwich is so popular, there are shortages across the country. They can be hard to find even in Wichita.

C. Isaiah Smalls II is a reporter covering breaking and trending news for the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of their inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of both Columbia University and Morehouse College.
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