United Airlines suffered another black eye on social media this week, after trying to cozy up to viral sensation and chicken nugget-craving teen Carter Wilkerson.
The recently scandal-plagued airline attempted to ride Wilkerson’s coattails, after the Nevada teenager beat Ellen DeGeneres’ record for most retweets and fast-food chain Wendy’s ponied up a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets to the teen.
“Hey @carterjwm, congrats on your world record! It’s time to decide where in the world you’d like to visit a @Wendys! DM to get the [plane] rolling,” United tweeted.
United, which in recent months has drawn fire for dragging passenger David Dao off a flight when he refused to give up his seat and for barring girls from a flight because they were wearing leggings, took it on the chin once again for the spotlight-stealing attempt.
“Hey @carterjwm. See the GIF for advice,” one critic shot back, with a clip of Forrest Gump running.
“@carterjwm since it’s a free ticket, you better not wear leggings on this @united flight,” another cautioned.
“@Wendys Way to try and piggy-back on somebody else’s campaign,” another wrote.
“He better not go unless he wants his ass beat,” another warned.
Ouch; total drag, United.
Read on for choice responses.
– United (@united) May 10, 2017
– Jack Mull (@J4CKMULL) May 10, 2017
– Boom Fantasy (@BoomDFS) May 11, 2017
– Kevin RD (@kevinrd13) May 10, 2017
– Mike (@StrikerObi) May 10, 2017
– allen (@OGal___) May 10, 2017