Make no mistake: the Szechuan sauce debacle has been devastating to the credibility of the Rick & Morty fan community.

The old memes about how they were the most self-aggrandising fanbase, utterly convinced of their own hyper-intelligence, have given way to a new image: immensely whiny babies who cause a scene at McDonald’s because they weren’t able to obtain sauce they saw in a cartoon. It’s just not good optics, you know? Which is a shame, because the show is generally pretty great. As with all good things, people inevitably fuck it up.

But it gets worse, unfortunately. According to a report in Business Insider, a diehard Rick & Morty fan literally traded a car for a single packet of Szechuan sauce – which, I stress, is going to be manufactured by Macca’s in much greater quantities anyway.

23-year-old Rachel Marie reportedly obtained some of the coveted sauce at her local restaurant, and immediately took it to a pin and jewellery swap group on Facebook called Pin Nation. Rather than swapping the sauce for a lovely, ornate pin – I don’t understand the pin economy, so bear with me here – she decided she’d ask for a car instead. Now that’s business.

“There was actually a large response with some nice pins,” Marie told Business Insider. “But if I could get a car, I thought, why not ask?”

She did indeed get an offer from a car, from someone presumably too ashamed to provide their real name to reporters. An early 2000s Volkswagen Golf Mk4, to be precise. It’s no Lamborghini, but you have to admit it’s still a pretty good trade for a literal packet of sauce which will not be remotely as good as sauce from any Szechuan restaurant.

Now for the caveat: Business Insider weren’t provided with any actual proof of a trade – like any registration documents. So it could all be nothing. But they report that they spoke to both parties, both of whom confirmed the trade went down. There’s also the photo of Marie with her brand new wheels.

The original owner apparently says he has another car he can fix up to be his daily driver, but that he “just needed me some friggin sauce!!” So say we all.

Source: Business Insider
Image: Rick & Morty