How this Nevada teen can win free chicken nuggets for a year
Posted April 13
Wendy’s has a challenge for one Nevada teen: Get 18 million retweets and get free chicken nuggets for a year.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday that Carter Wilkerson, 16, tweeted at Wendy's asking how many retweets he needed to get free chicken nuggets for a year.
Wendy’s, known for its presence on social media, told Wilkerson he needed 18 million retweets to get the ultimate package of poultry, The Dispatch reported.
Wilkerson responded by saying, “Consider it done.” So far, the tweet has 2.2 million retweets.
"I sent out the tweet as a joke, but then they responded with the outrageous number," Wilkerson told USA Today. "I thought 'Consider it done' would be funny among my friend group. Then I put the screenshot up and it started gaining momentum."
Wilkerson’s tweet has the chance to break the record for the most-retweeted tweet in Twitter history, The Washington Post reported. Ellen DeGeneres holds the record with 3.3 million retweets for a group image of her at the Oscars. Wilkerson is on pace to break that record, The Post reported.
Wilkerson told USA Today that he’s delighted by the opportunity.
“It’s pretty exciting," he told USA Today during his lunch at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School. "I’m one of those people who isn't usually looking for attention. But since it started, it’s been pretty cool. In school, it’s fun because everyone knows about it.”
Wilkerson’s parents told USA Today that they didn't know about the challenge until their son Carter started receiving calls for interviews. Carter helped his father open a Twitter account so he could keep track of the situation.
Carter and his family have considered donating the nuggets to a food pantry or asking Wendy’s to offer the reward to a charity, USA Today reported.
To help his cause, Carter started a website that calls for one of those suggestions to come true. He plans to sell T-shirts and donate the proceedings to families in need.
Carter said he wants to help others because people brought his family food after his mother received a cancer diagnosis when he was 9, according to The Washington Post.