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

Jenna Warner
May 10, 2017

Carter Wilkinson sent out the tweet on April 5 asking Wendy's how many retweets it would take for free chicken nuggets for year.

A tweet from a teenager asking a USA fast food chain for a year's supply of chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted ever.

While still far short of the golden number of 18 million, Wendy's not only granted him his wish of a year-long free nugget supply, but also pledged a Dollars 1,00,000 donation to a children's adoption foundation.

That famous selfie of Ellen DeGeneres from the 2014 Oscars has been dethroned as the most retweeted Tweet of all time.

Carter Wilkerson's plea broke Ellen DeGeneres' record when he passed 3,490,249 retweets on Tuesday.

Although Wilkerson got his nuggs, he's still not giving up on the 18 million goal.

Ellen brought Wilkerson on her show as a guest recently, where she and Bradley Cooper joked that they wouldn't lose the record "to some chicken nugget kid".

As an incentive for Carter to help Ellen salvage her record, Ellen gifts Carter with a year supply of Ellen underwear and a 55-inch TCL Roku TV.

The tweet went viral instantly, reaching more than a million retweets in two days.

A lot of persistence and love of chicken nuggets have finally paid off for a Nevada teen. On April 1, Wilkerson had 138 followers.

Carter hasn't quite hit 18 million retweets yet.

They say records are meant to be broken and nuggets are meant to be eaten, and perhaps no one embodies that age-old axiom more than a teenager. On Tuesday, Wendy's said it would donate $100,000 to the charity. For the amount of press the company got though, complying with Wilkerson's nuggets demand sounds like bargain.

Wilkerson got to work, making merch and promoting the hashtag #NuggsForCarter.

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