Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

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

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

Carter Wilkinson's quest for retweets began last month when he asked the fast food chain, 'Yo @Wendy's how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?'

Wilkerson is far short of the 18 million he and Wendy's originally agreed on, but the eatery decided breaking the record was impressive enough and is paying up anyway.

The post, which read "Help me please. A man needs his nuggs".

Wilkerson's tweet surpassed the record held by comedian Ellen DeGeneres for the selfie she took when she hosted the Oscars in 2014. It would be win-win for Wendy's, as the fast food chain would earn as much mindshare as possible thanks to one nugget fan's hashtag campaign no matter what.

Today, despite Carter not quite hitting the 18 million mark, Wendy's have rewarded the Nevada teen with free nuggets for an entire year. Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record!

Last month, you couldn't open Twitter without someone in your feed retweeting Carter's dream into your line of sight.

Wendy's will also donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation, who dedicates its time to find homes for children in foster care. Her tweet got more than 3 million retweets.

DeGeneres" tweet heard "round the world features a menagerie of celebrities, and until now, was the reigning juggernaut of twitter with 3.43M retweets.

"I want to give back".

The teen's father, J. Wilkerson, told CNN he's proud of his son for raising awareness and funds for the adoption charity: "He's really making this into something that's more than just chicken nuggets for a year - he's making this into something that's helping".

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