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It’ll take waiting in long lines and dodging lots of traffic to get your hands on the chicken sandwich at Popeyes

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Popeyes chicken sandwich craze

Chaos is igniting at Popeyes locations throughout the nation over the comeback of their chicken sandwich.

"I'm a little hooked and it's diet day but I might come back for dinner," Shelley Ford said.

But not everyone is dying to try the chicken sandwich due to the extra traffic it brings with it.

At the Popeyes near Palm Desert, a line of people goes out the door at lunchtime.

"The traffic here has been horrendous," Tim Sarazua, a Sun City resident shared with News Channel 3. "The parking horrendous. You can't even get through the drive-throughs," he said.

"They made an announcement that they would no longer be taking orders for a 15 minute period and then the wait to get your food would be another 15 minutes so the people that are in line now are going to wait 30 minutes to get their food," John Zimmerman said.

But if you head to the drive through you'll face another traffic jam. That's because two restaurants share the same drive through lane so the traffic backs up into the street.

Many local businesses we spoke with acknowledged the traffic has been bad but didn't want to go on record.

We asked one driver if something should be done about this.

"They definitely need to add another lane," Nicholas Bardsnes said.

The chaos over this chicken sandwich started Sunday when it came back on the menu. Since then, one person in Maryland died after being stabbed for trying to skip the line.

"I never thought a chicken sandwich would cause this much craziness and all the drama its caused, people getting stabbed and stuff," Adrian Chilpa another customer in line for the chicken sandwich said.

Despite the chaos, the crowds keep coming.

"I waited for about an hour and 15 minutes," Marvin Riggins said.

All of this traffic is raising some safety concerns.

We reached out to the office of Manuel Perez with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. We have not heard back on a comment on how the city is managing the crowds and increased traffic.

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Caitlin Thropay

Caitlin Thropay is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Lifestyle Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News Leader. Learn more about Caitlin here.

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