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Wendy’s Twitter account has proven it will flambé you if you happen to forget momentarily that refrigerators exist or if your fast food company freezes its beef. But the mastermind behind its social media presence also has a heart.
So, when desperate Twitter user Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy’s on Wednesday how many retweets it would take for him to receive a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets, the response was immediate and decisive.
@carterjwm 18 Million— Wendy's (@Wendys) April 6, 2017
So, Wilkerson immediately got to work.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
As of this writing, Wilkerson has more than a million retweets, an impressive accomplishment by any stretch but one which only puts him about 6 percent of the way to his goal. Making matters even tougher for Wilkerson is the fact the world record for most retweets is just shy of 3.3 million, thanks to the Oscar selfie tweeted around the world. That means Wilkerson’s tweet would have to garner more than five times the number Ellen DeGeneres managed in 2014.
Still, Wendy’s is impressed by his drive and by the response of people who have been inspired by him.
1 Million?!?! Officially SHOOK https://t.co/XZ1AafXo2p— Wendy's (@Wendys) April 7, 2017
@slimmjimmm35 The tweet keeps climbing. People gotta learn to believe in something.— Wendy's (@Wendys) April 6, 2017
@OddfuckingRetro It sort of started as a joke, but he's really going for it.— Wendy's (@Wendys) April 6, 2017
@MaryamLRB Why doubt the hustle? He's going the full 18. You gotta believe!— Wendy's (@Wendys) April 7, 2017
Oh, and though Wilkerson’s goal still seems like a reach, Wendy’s has no plans to renege on its offer.
@kennetxyz For that guy? Yep. If it happens, we'll be very impressed.— Wendy's (@Wendys) April 6, 2017
The chances of this happening and Wilkerson getting his nuggets still seem rather remote. Wilkerson, though, remains confident.
Update 2:22pm CT, April 9: Against seemingly all odds, Wilkerson’s original tweet has surpassed the 2 million retweet mark as of Sunday afternoon, four days after he made his nugget-fueled plea.
On Saturday night, it appeared Wendy’s still wasn’t all that concerned with the growing number of retweets.
@carterjwm Wow! 1.8, almost didn't see that decimal point. Still on a roll.— Wendy's (@Wendys) April 9, 2017
Wilkerson is still unlikely to make 18 million, but he also has received a mighty nice offer from T-Mobile CEO John Legere.
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.