It’s not often that McDonald’s manages to annoy multiple people at once – but when they do, it tends to be because of a large-scale, limited edition promotional event gone horribly wrong. That or the McFlurry machine is broken (again).
McDonald’s has managed to seriously tick off boatloads of Rick and Morty fans by not having enough of their limited edition Szechuan sauce or promotional products last weekend, and it has caused absolute carnage. Lines went for blocks and in some cases, there were protests and fights that lead to the police being called. It’s safe to say the weekend was anything but successful. One woman from Michigan, on the other hand, seems to have lucked out on the chaos.
Rachel Marie of Macomb was one of the fortunate ones that got her hands on not one, but 20 packets of the promotional sauce, a feat so great that Rick himself might have struggled to replicate it.
The 23-year-old graphic designer is a huge fan of Rick and Morty, which featured the condiment as a key plot device in the season 3 premiere that aired on April Fools day. Many people like Rick made it their life’s mission to get some Mulan Szechuan sauce, and Marie got enough to parlay for a car.
Marie says she drove 45 minutes to Detroit early in the morning and waited hours until the sauces became available at 2 pm. Talking to the Huffington post she said: “When McDonald’s said they were bringing it back, I thought it would be cool to get a sauce. By the time (sauces came available at 2 pm) there were hundreds of people waiting. The line snaked around the building.”
Her chosen McDonald’s location only had 20 packets available, but both Marie and one of her friends were among the lucky tastemakers who got the sauce. Marie didn’t even hide her glee saying “I was tempted to try it while watching the episode.”
She posted a picture of her sauce to Pin Nation, a Facebook group dedicated to trading pins and got some very rave responses. “There was actually a large response with some nice pins, but if I could get a car, why not ask.”
Marie eventually managed to find a person willing to trade a single Szechuan sauce packet for a 2000 Volkswagen Golf Mk4. She made the seller drive the car to her saying “He drove the car over so I know it was running and he was a dedicated fan of the show and already had a second car.”
The man in question didn’t want his name to be revealed, either as a fail safe so no one thinks he’s stupid, or as a safety measure so no one tries to steal his sauce. Talking to Business Insider, the man justified the seemingly imbalanced trade by telling them he “just needed me some friggin sauce!!”
The car is currently in the shop getting souped up into a “show car” for Marie.
She definitely made the deal at the right time because many fans waited an eternity for little to no sauce; thankfully though McDonald’s say they are going to bring back the sauce sometime in the winter on a larger scale.
Marie’s friend who also got a sauce wasn’t so lucky however. She says he pounded through the sauce before discovering people were offering as much as $300 for it. Crazy how you could sort out your personal finances now and for generations to come with a couple of packets of plum sauce.