Instead of laying low and just getting passengers from point A to B without sparking public outrage, United Airlines decided to try to get in on some of Wendy’s sweet, sweet publicity action.
The fast food purveyor has been killing it on Twitter with its delightful brand of snark:
And in April, Wendy’s hit a PR goldmine when it told a teen named Carter Wilkerson that he’d have to get 18 million retweets on a single tweet to get a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets.
Wilkerson didn’t reach that insurmountable height, but he did break a world record on Tuesday for the most retweeted tweet of all time, with 3.4 million retweets. The title was previously held by Ellen DeGeneres and her infamous Oscar selfie.
Needless to say, Wendy’s was impressed and offered him free “nuggs” regardless:
Now United has offered Wilkerson a free flight to eat at any Wendy’s in the world:
But due to an early April incident in which Dr. David Dao was violently dragged off a United flight to make room for crew, Twitter is so not having it.
Here are the flyest responses:
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