Nevada teen hoping to reach Twitter milestone for free Wendy’s nuggets

(Courtesy Wendy's)

RENO, NV (WCMH) — A Nevada teen has taken to Twitter to fulfill his quest for free chicken nuggets.

Last week Carter Wilkerson tweeted at Wendy’s, asking how many retweets it would take for him to get free nuggets for a year. After a couple of minutes, to Wilkerson’s surprise, Wendy’s responded, asking for 18 million retweets.

If he succeeds, 18 million would shatter the current retweet record of 3.3 million held by Ellen Degeneres’ star-studded selfie from the Oscar’s in 2014.

With such a lofty target, Wilkerson went to bed assuming the free food was out of reach.

Until the next morning, when he saw he had been retweeted tens of thousands of times.

“I woke up and I thought I was dreaming honestly and then from there throughout the day it went up, every class period I would put my phone away and then take it back out and it would be up 100 thousand retweets. It was quite amazing I was really surprised,” Wilkerson told KRNV.

When Wilkerson crossed the million mark, a Wendy’s spokesperson replied on Twitter, “officially shook.”

Wilkerson’s goal has also caused others to take notice.

United Airlines have offered to fly Wilkerson to anywhere in the world where Wendy’s serves chicken nuggets.

Victoria’s Secret super model Martha Hunt has offered to buy the 18-year-old a Frosty if he reaches his mark.

T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere tweeted Wilkerson offering to buy him Wendy’s chicken nuggets for a year, just for switching from AT&T.

At last count Carter had climbed to the second most retweets of all time with 2.2 million. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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