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The story is already local legend.
Wawa, the beloved convenience store chain that provides late-night sandwiches for drunken Philadelphia and South Jersey residents, increased its already lofty local reputation Monday by allegedly ejecting Fox News personality Sean Hannity from its Walnut Street location.
Who to believe? Let’s start with what both sides can agree upon: Hannity was at a Wawa.
And according to witness Matt McDermott, Hannity appeared flummoxed by the store’s famous sandwich ordering screens, which—as any Philly resident will tell you—you must use or your sandwich will not be made.
But that’s where the chain of evidence stops. McDermott tweeted that he left the store shortly after Hannity arrived:
So the only thorough account we have of what happened comes from satirist E. Mo Black, whose story is high entertainment but, I must stress, completely made up.
Look, even though it’s probably not true, this is the kind of legend Philly builds its reputation on. And the tale just keeps getting taller as it spreads. Plenty of folks on Twitter are riffing on that theme today:
Yo I just heard Hannity cut in line at Wawa for a cheesesteak, got beat up by a Teamster and ran out under a hail of Krimpets & D batteries
— Monica McLaughlin (@rococopacetic) July 26, 2016
Heard a rumor that Sean Hannity walked into the center city Wawa today and everyone threw Tastykake snowballs at him. Love this city!
— The700Level (@The700Level) July 26, 2016
i heard sean hannity told the truth about harambe at wawa
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 26, 2016
The Walnut Street Wawa couldn’t be reached for comment after multiple attempts—they’re likely too busy serving the flood of DNC delegates. We’ll update the story if we hear back from them.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.