Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

  • Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

Teenager Carter Wilkerson's Twitter plea for a year's supply of chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet in the history of the social media platform.

It was last month when Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy's, on Twitter, what he might have to do to get free nuggets for a year. While Carter didn't hit the 18 million target (and probably won't) the world record and copious advertising was enough for Wendy's to grant his wish.

The fast food chain replied within a minute: "18 million". On May 9, Wendy's granted Wilkerson's nuggets wish, saying they would also donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in his name. Ellen bested Barack Obama's November 2012 tweet of "Four more years", which back then had three-quarters of a million.

Wilkerson's tweet, with the caption "HELP ME PLEASE". His tweet was shared more than 3,470,000 times.

With Wendy's getting some good publicity, a worthy cause receiving monetary benefit and, most importantly, Carter getting his free nuggs, it looks like a win-win for everyone involved. "I don't know if it was a metaphor or literal", Wilkerson said with a laugh.

"One moment the nation is reacting to a snap election, the next we are rallying behind a teenager who just really, really likes a chicken nugget", commented Twitter's United Kingdom managing director, Dara Nasr.

Wilkerson is closing in on DeGeneres, but nowhere near where he needs to be for a year of free nuggets and apparently a date with a Victoria Secret model.

As for Wendy's, they've been very supportive on Twitter even responding to a skeptic, "Just be patient, have faith, and let a attractive thing happen". The daytime talk presenting a formal PSA with the help of Bradley Cooper to save her selfie from losing the top spot, along with having Wilkerson on her show to plead he get her selfie retweeted along with his in order for her to keep her record, she's sure to have something to say about this.