Robbers stormed a Popeyes in Houston demanding chicken sandwiches at gunpoint after being told the location was sold out

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  • A group of armed robbers attempted to enter a Houston Popeyes to demand chicken sandwiches at gunpoint Monday night after being told the location was sold out, KTRK-TV in Houston reported.
  • An employee was able to lock the doors before the group, which reportedly included two women and three men, was able to get inside. There were no injuries and the Houston police are searching for the would-be robbers.
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Popeyes pandemonium reached new extremes Monday night when a group of people at a Houston restaurant location demanded the popular chicken sandwiches at gunpoint.

According to a local Houston news channel, two women and three men approached the Popeyes carrying at least one gun after they were told the sandwiches were sold out at the drive-thru window. An employee locked the door before the group entered the restaurant, KTRK-TV reported.

Employees on the scene said the group appeared solely interested in acquiring the sandwiches and had left an infant child inside a nearby vehicle. There were no injuries, and the Houston police are looking for the would-be robbers.

Read more: Social-media battles, massive crowds, overworked employees: Inside the rise and fall of Popeyes’ chicken sandwich

Popeyes told Business Insider last week that it sold through its allocation of chicken sandwiches expected to last through September in just two weeks. On August 27, the company shared its sandwich shortage with the public on Twitter, writing: “We love that you love The Sandwich. Unfortunately we’re sold out (for now.)”

“The demand for the new chicken sandwich in the first few weeks following launch far exceeded our very optimistic expectations,” the company told Business Insider. “In fact, Popeyes aggressively forecasted demand through the end of September and has already sold through that inventory.”

The massive demand for the sandwiches has greatly overwhelmed Popeyes employees, several of whom shared tales of long hours with no breaks with Business Insider.

“Everyone wanted to quit so bad because it was that bad,” a Popeyes worker in California’s Orange County said. “We have never seen it get this insanely busy.”