McDonald's customers get saucy over failed 'Rick and Morty' promotion

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

Customers line up for a “Rick and Morty” promotion Saturday outside a McDonald’s in Wellington, Florida. (Photo: Lulu Ramadan/Palm Beach Post)
Customers line up for a “Rick and Morty” promotion Saturday outside a McDonald’s in Wellington, Florida. (Photo: Lulu Ramadan/Palm Beach Post)

Fans of Adult Swim sitcom “Rick and Morty” lined up for hours outside a McDonald’s in Wellington Saturday for an advertised special that never came.

The angry crowd scattered when Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies arrived.

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McDonald’s advertised on its website that the restaurant would offer its 1998 Szechuan sauce for one day only at select locations as featured in the season three premiere of popular comedy series “Rick and Morty.” The offer was advertised at three Palm Beach County restaurants in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and Boca Raton.

More than 60 fans waited in line at the McDonald’s on State Road 7 just south of the Mall at Wellington Green. Some showed up four hours before the advertised 2 p.m. sauce offering, they said.

“I’m upset,” said Matthew Jones, 25, of West Palm Beach. Jones waited two hours in line before being told by managers that the restaurant never had any sauce to offer, he said.

“I asked when I got here and they said they had the sauce,” Jones said. “And they made us buy something and wait.”

The first 10 fans in line were given posters commemorating the fast food chain’s revival of the Szechuan sauce. Others in line were given stickers and coupons, they said.

Those who showed up were told to buy a meal and wait until 2 p.m. for the special, said Kurt Nolan, 15, who traveled from his home in Boynton Beach with his mother.

“It’s a scam,” Nolan said. “They made us buy food, and made us believe they had the sauce.”

Two sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly after angry patrons learned around 2:30 p.m. that there would be no sauce to give away. They declined to comment on what prompted the sheriff’s visit.

McDonald’s managers couldn’t be reached for comment.

The fast food chain first issued the Szechuan sauce during a cross-promotion of the Disney film “Mulan” in 1998.

“Rick and Morty” referenced the sauce in an episode that debuted in April, which prompted social media demands for McDonald’s to bring back the special sauce.

“Mostly it was just disappointing not to get the sauce,” said Leslie Jones, 22, of West Palm Beach.

Man stuns fellow drivers by stripping naked, jumping on cars

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 6:11 PM

The main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
The main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Wild footage taken during a Tuesday afternoon Incident shows a naked man running down a highway and jumping onto vehicles after crashing his own truck — causing the road to close to traffic.

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Police responded to a call about an accident near Washington Dulles International Airport and a man possibly fleeing the scene without his clothes on. According to officers, one of the drivers involved in the crash got out of his car and assaulted the other driver. That’s when the suspect reportedly undressed and jumped onto a passing vehicle. After causing damage to the truck, he got off of it and ran away.

The video shows the man trying to climb into a dump truck. At one point, he jumps onto the back of a passing truck, clinging on as the driver attempts to drive away. Theo Garner watched the entire episode from the Herndon office building.

“Out of the corner of my eye, I see a ... half-naked guy cross eight lanes of traffic on 28. He then climbs up on the back of the dump truck that a pickup truck had slammed into the back of, disrobes and then proceeds to throw things on 28,” he said. “It’s not something you see every day. I’ve been working there for 17 years and I’ve never seen any shenanigans like that man. That was absolutely insane. But I’ll tell you it did brighten up a boring workday.”

The man was later located on Dulles property, arrested and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are reportedly still working to identify the suspect, and charges against him are pending.

Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports confirm

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:08 PM

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Omarosa Manigaul Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, was removed from the White House Tuesday night,“physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” according to several news reports.

Manigault-Newman announced her resignation on Wednesday, effective next month.

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PBS suspends ‘Tavis Smiley’ show amid sexual misconduct investigation

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:04 PM

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PBS has suspended the “Tavis Smiley” show following allegations of sexual misconduct between Smiley and former production staffers.

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According to Variety, PBS hired a firm to oversee Smiley’s behavior after reports of misconduct. As many as 10 witnesses, both men and women, spoke to investigators.  

A PBS spokesperson released a statement on the suspension:

"Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company. PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision."

Second Georgia Dome implosion scheduled to bring down remaining wall

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:48 PM

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The portions of the Georgia Dome that remained standing after the building’s implosion last month will be brought down next week, officials said Wednesday.

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“supplemental implosion” has been scheduled for 1 a.m. on Dec. 20 to remove a long wall on the stadium’s east end and a structure around Gate B on the northwest corner. 

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which operated the Dome, said the second implosion “has been determined to be the safest method to bring down the remaining infrastructure still standing.” 

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The Georgia Dome was the home of the Atlanta Falcons until the Falcons’ new home  Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in August.

What’s left of the Georgia Dome after the first implosion on Nov. 20, 2017. One wall remained standing and is now scheduled for implosion in the middle of the night on Dec. 20, 2017.(WSB-TV None)