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

Carter Wilkerson is approaching top retweet of all time

The restaurant set the bar at a lofty 18 million, so Wilkerson got to work. Wilkerson's casual response? "Consider it done".

The teen then shared a screengrab of the conversation and shared it in another tweet, saying: "HELP ME PLEASE".

Wilkerson's tweet as of 10:21 AM (CDT) had 3,441,290 retweets, beating Ellen's number of 3,430,664 retweets (as of 10:21 AM CDT) by 10,626.

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Wendy's granted his request on Tuesday even though he fell short of the Ohio-based company's demand of 18 million retweets. "It shows the importance of reacting quickly to trending topics on social media".

"Wendy's leveraged the unique conversation that happens only on Twitter into national prominence for their brand, creating a call for Retweets that inspired unprecedented engagement", the tech firm said. "A man needs his nuggs", surpassed US TV star Ellen DeGeneres' "Oscars selfie" from 2014 that featured a host of Hollywood stars, to reach top spot. During the show, she took a selfie with actors include Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts and Lupita Nyong'o. While it's nowhere near 18 million, it was enough to break the record for the most retweets and impress the fast-food chain.

Even her mock PSA failed to stop Carter's momentum. It's an earnest plea for chicken nuggets.

Wendy's said that when Mr Wilkerson broke the record, it would donate $100,000 (£78,000) to charity. He is also selling T-shirts on his website, with a promise that all proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.