Florida Student's Tweet About Burger King Chicken Nuggets Goes Viral

| by Reve Fisher
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A Florida high school student was surprised by the amount of attention he received on social media -- and it all started with a picture of chicken nuggets.

On Jan. 23 under the username Zealot, John Correa tweeted a picture with a caption that implied that he stole the entire supply of chicken nuggets from the Burger King after either quitting or getting let go from the fast food franchise.

"Today was my last day working at Burger King so I took all their nuggets, [expletive] it," he wrote alongside a picture of the chicken nuggets.

Correa, who is actually still employed at Burger King, took the picture after his manager asked him to pick up extra chicken nuggets from another Burger King, according to WPLG News.

"My managers saw the post and they laughed," Correa told the news station.

Correa’s tweet has been retweeted over 36,000 times and favorited over 42,000 times in three days. The Braddock High School senior was amused at the attention that his post had drawn.

“So funny how all of a sudden people I haven't talked to in months or even years are texting me over chicken nuggets,” Correa wrote on Twitter.

Several Twitter users hailed the Burger King employee. Quite a few shared stories about their last days at particular jobs, and other were reportedly surprised he didn’t take more.

Twitter user Poe Dameron asked Correa if he was "fighting big fast food one hero at a time?”

Correa replied that he was “fighting obesity in America.”

“A true AMERICAN hero,” Dameron wrote in response.

Correa, who has been working at Burger King for three years, told WPLG News that he was surprised to see how quickly media outlets reported his picture without checking the facts.

"I just wanted to bring attention to how easily people are influenced by what they see on social media," he explained.

Social media has such an influential impact on people because it’s ubiquitous, time-consuming and habit-forming, according Adweek. As a result, it can help businesses and easily influence life offline.

Despite the attention, Correa assured his Twitter fans that he did not post his tweet for the praise of his friends.

“I appreciate the social media recognition honestly but that's not what I want,” he wrote.

Sources: WPLG News, Zealot/Twitter, AdWeek / Photo Credit: Zealot/Twitter