Carter Wilkinson’s goal may have been to get free chicken nuggets for a year, but he didn’t know that he’d also break a Twitter record in the process.
In April, the Reno, NV-based teen took to Twitter to find out how many retweets it would take for Wendy’s to provide him with free chicken nuggets for a full year. At last check, Wilkerson manage to rake in 3,432,218 retweets — compared to 3,430,242 retweets of DeGeneres’ selfie at the 2014 Academy Awards.
Upon his original posting, Wendy’s put the 16-year-old to the challenge, claiming that if he garnered a whopping 18 million retweets, his wish would be their command. “Consider it done,” he replied. Briefly after Wendy’s responded to Wilkinson, the teen took a screenshot of their response and asked the Twitter-world for a little assistance: “HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS,” he posted.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3
— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
Though he didn’t make it to 18 million, Wendy’s still promised to provide him with the free nuggets, and also said they would donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a Wendy’s-affiliated nonprofit charity created by the company’s founder that finds permanent homes for children in foster care.
— Wendy's (@Wendys) May 9, 2017
Perhaps Aaron Paul said it best in his response to Wilkinson’s plea for nuggets: “It’s good to have dreams.”