Fast-food chains have been getting sassy and salty on social media of late. Wendy's recently made headlines for its quick wit and even quicker takedown of a troll recently and now Panda Express is getting its 15 minutes of Twitter fame. According to a post from the pop-rock band The Killers, a fortune from the restaurant chain's fortune cookies was printed with the line "Smile like you mean it." Sound familiar?
Yeah, the band thought so, too. And in what we assume is a total joke tweet, the group said they'd look the other way if they were given a lifetime supply of orange chicken in return.
I'm thinkin' orange chicken for life and we'll let you off the hook for using our stuff. pic.twitter.com/3gJ9FebZVD- The Killers (@thekillers) January 8, 2017
Unsurprisingly, this sparked a tsunami of conversation online, with some people instantly making the connection-and then humming the tune afterward:
I can't read this and not start to whistle the keyboard riff that follows. https://t.co/klHsx7gP7T- Pete on Earth 🕊 (@thepetemoore) January 8, 2017
Others pointed out how amazing AF it would be to get Panda Express for free. Forever.
Oh my gosh imagine getting free Panda express for life tho https://t.co/Jj8hZj9FqN- Daire Twisp ☇ (@DaireTwisp) January 8, 2017
Some awkwardly related Confucious to lead singer Brandon Flowers:
Others took this an opportunity to critique the chain restaurant:
First they raise prices by $.20, then they steal lyrics. 🙃👌🏾🤗 https://t.co/kPeOjJ6hWJ- Ebs (@ebookeke) January 8, 2017
Some pined for this specific fortune:
someone buy me all the fortune cookies until i get this one https://t.co/xBPJvRzY05- meherin (@killersflash) January 8, 2017
Others augmented the lyrics to suit the restaurant:
and someone is calling my name from the back of panda express https://t.co/XEkJRWFYEi- 🕊sid 🌿 (@glssanimals) January 8, 2017
Some made guesses at the brand's current mood:
And then others edited the photo to either make a point or crack a joke, we still can't tell:
Meanwhile some fired back on all the Hot Fuss, arguing that the band couldn't possibly own the phrase:
You don't own the words Smile like you mean it & I think you'd find them hard to copyright tbh. https://t.co/ThUCF1IJZu- Oscar the Grouch (@claireontoast) January 8, 2017
The Chinese restaurant chain responded pretty casually-and, honestly, kind of disappointingly.
We're pretty sure this is all a joke, though, so you can all calm down now.
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