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

Carter Wilkerson is approaching top retweet of all time

Carter Wilkerson is approaching top retweet of all time

Carter Wilkerson, the kid who asked the world to retweet him on his quest to get free Wendy's nuggets for a year, officially has the most retweeted tweet of all time!

Last month Carter Wilkerson tweeted USA fast food chain Wendys asking how many retweets he would need for a year of free chicken nuggets.

Of course, Wendy's original target of 18,000,000 seemed absolutely absurd.

"If somehow you pass me Carter, I will come to your house, I will take that TV back, I will take the underwear back and do more".

The teenager made his hungry plea for help on Twitter, writing in all capital letters that "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. Wendy's, playing along, set the bar high: 18 million.

"Consider it done", Carter said. That's good for the nuggets, and $100k to @DTFA. The teen's personal campaign quickly gained traction, however, with 3.47 million supporters (and counting) retweeting his request.

Twitter gave Wilkerson's account the highly coveted blue verified badge.

Even DeGeneres herself got in on the action, inviting him to appear on The Ellen Show in mid-April.

Carter and his family knew the world stage provided an opportunity for them to do something more than just eat some nuggets.

There's further evidence that social media and participation trophies are clearly ruining entire generations after a teen was rewarded with chicken nuggets despite falling well short of expectations.

Wendy's will also donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation, who dedicates its time to find homes for children in foster care.

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