5. But hated Anne Rice
You don't get to Copeland's position without making a few enemies, but Al's most famous feud was pretty hilarious. Noted vampire novelist Anne Rice had it out with Copeland in 1997 over one of his non-Popeyes restaurants, Straya, which she thought was tacky. It seems she was especially pissed because she had her main vamp Lestat disappear into the building (back when it was a car dealership) in her book Memnoch the Devil, so she did what any normal person would do: took out full-page ads in the local newspaper bashing the place and updated her voicemail messages to nasty rants about Straya. Copeland took out a full-page ad in response, offering to treat her to dinner and help her "find" Lestat, but he wasn't too pleased. He filed a defamation suit that was eventually thrown out by a civil district judge. Rice later moved to California and Straya shut down, but locals still haven't stopped laughing over this bloodsucker beef.