This latest web sensation has proven that, apparently, we’re all so bored of our friends’ social media updates that we’ll willingly believe anything strangers say until proven otherwise.
A Burger King employee quickly became an internet hero after a hilarious tweet about his supposed last day on the job went viral.
John Correa, an 18-year-old from Florida, tweeted a picture of two giant bags of uncooked chicken nuggets lovingly strapped up in his car.
The tweet clocked up over 35,000 retweets, with many people deeming him an absolute legend for the act.
But in true social media style, it turns out the whole thing was just an elaborate prank.
It turns out Correa is still employed at the Miami Burger King location. The real story? His manager had just asked him to drive to another Burger King store and pick up extra nuggets. That was it.
He’s since deleted the tweet, and in an interview with Local 10 News claimed there was a greater purpose behind the joke.
“I realized that media just jumps and attacks anything that they see to try to get attention and fame for the network, and it’s pretty pathetic, honestly,” he said.
He expressed his distaste over how media outlets took the tweet without checking the facts first.
This certainly isn’t the first viral sensation to hoodwink the internet.
In November last year, the web went into meltdown over a Vietnamese-Australian man who claimed his name was ‘Phuc Dat Bich’, uploading a fake passport photo as ‘proof’.
In August last year, a video of a French woman claiming to have gotten pregnant by an unknown man in Australia took the world by storm, bringing in over 3 million views. It turned out to be a giant publicity stunt.
And let’s not forget the terrifying note that was found in a shoebox. Apparent translating experts across the web came together in a bid to save an Ethiopian worker’s life, only to find the note meant … well … nothing of significance.
Don’t believe everything you hear, folks.