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How one American man's chicken sandwich upset the whole nation of Ireland

Chicken fillet roll? No, an imposter.

MEET THE FLORIDA man who goes by the name @FlightSquadRG_ on Twitter.

Over the past week he’s found himself embroiled in a surreal internet row with what seems like the whole of Ireland.

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It started off simply enough last Thursday when he shared his lunch for the day - a “chicken tender sub” from the supermarket Publix

Grand? Well, no.

People immediately recognised that it very closely resembled an Irish chicken fillet roll – in both ingredients and appearance

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Irish people got their hands on it and it was then that his image started to go viral

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Sarcastically, Irish people were declaring war on this imposter of a sandwich

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Some were just shocked that somewhere outside of Ireland had managed to distill the very essence of a chicken fillet roll into another sandwich

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This was something that needed to be taken to the next level of diplomacy

After a few days, he realised that this wasn’t just any normal tweet – it had grown legs

Yesterday, he shared some of the reactions to it and realised he was “at war” with Irish people now

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Thousands of retweets later, he was mostly getting jokey responses from Irish people pretending to take it seriously, so he tweeted:

Sorry i dont understand your humor guys lol i dont mean any offense against ireland i just wanna eat my sub in peace

Then he started trending in Ireland

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His referring to it as a “chicken tender sub” didn’t help matters

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Speaking to this evening, @FlightSquadRG_ talked us through what we’re dealing with in the photo:

Well that sub is specifically made here at a store called Publix. It’s just fried chicken tenders either plain or tossed in buffalo sauce, cut into pieces, thrown into a nice french roll and you can add cheese or whatever you want just like subway and have it toasted.
My sub was fried chicken tenders with mayo and honey mustard, lettuce, jalapenos, and provalone cheese.

You can get them either plain or tossed in buffalo sauce? Sounds suspiciously like the two options available to you with a certain national delicacy.

He continued, walking us through he became the centre of this:

So I put up a tweet and all it said is that “If you’re from Florida you already know what’s going on”. And the only reason I say “florida” is because only five states in the USA have a Publix! So its like a delicacy over here.


It was already getting traction, but it was when the Irish got hold of it he was introduced to the very concept of a chicken filet roll:

Then the tweet just started to get more and more likes and retweets. As it went on I guess the Irish got a hold of the tweet and got a little offended about it because as you guys say you have your chicken fillet roll. I never meant to offend anyone it was just a post.

He was a bit confused by the sarcastic and over the top reactions:

Well moving forward all these Irish people are tweeting to me and calling me a wanker and all that and I’m just here like WTF IS GOING ON ARE THEY BEING SERIOUS.

Someone in his mentions informed him that everyone was just “playing” so he’s since seen the hilarious side:

All in all it was pretty funny and I take no offense and I hope nobody over there does!

Oh, we don’t – and you’re a good sport for putting up with it.

This whole debacle just proves how preciously we protect the very concept of the chicken fillet roll.

This is where we are now

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If there is one thing Irish internet will defend to its death it’s the chicken fillet roll

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We’ve just witnessed the start of a delightful meme

There’s only one thing to do

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Sales of chicken fillet rolls are expected to shoot up by 163% across Ireland in the coming days.

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