Update Air Canada takes pity on lovestruck teen extends Twitter challenge deadline

Update Air Canada takes pity on lovestruck teen extends Twitter challenge deadline

first_img The Canadian Press Posted by Thursday, May 10, 2018 Tags: Air Canada << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img CORNER BROOK, N.L. — There’s still hope for the lovestruck Michigan teen who asked Air Canada for a free ticket to see his Newfoundland girlfriend.C.J. Poirier’s bid for 530,000 retweets remained stuck at about 30,000 with just hours to go Wednesday, so Air Canada stepped in to extend the deadline – and added creative ways to help him to his goal.On May 1, Poirer had convinced Air Canada to give him tickets to visit his Newfoundland girlfriend – if he could manage to get a retweet for every resident of Newfoundland and Labrador.With the goal still far away, Air Canada extended the deadline for “a few days”, and dramatically widened the goal posts.“We’re helping @TheCJPoirier by donating ALL the retweets Air Canada has ever received! That’s 162,000 more retweets,” the airline said on Twitter.“Donate your own retweets: just tweet @aircanada a screenshot of your most retweeted tweets and we’ll count them towards #530KforBecca. Go!”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesIn response, Poirer offered a crying emoji and this: “THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.”Poirier, a 19-year-old barista from Clarkston, Mich., met Becca Warren of Corner Brook, N.L., online last year and they decided they wanted to meet in person after six months of texting.“Of all the girls I’ve had the chance to meet, I’m glad it was her,” Poirier said Wednesday.So Poirier took to Twitter, asking Air Canada how many retweets it would take for free round-trip tickets. Air Canada replied by asking what the population of Newfoundland was – and said it would take that many.As a backup plan, Poirier launched a GoFundMe page called #530KforBecca, in hopes of making his dream come true.He’s already received $388 of his $500 goal through donations.“I plan on going no matter what,” Poirier said in an interview before Air Canada’s 11th-hour extension. “She and I connect better than anyone in each other’s lives and I want to make every moment with her the best I can make it.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongOn his GoFundMe page, Poirier said he dropped out of college, picked up a full-time job as a Starbucks barista and began streaming more often on his YouTube channel to save money to visit “the love of my life.”“I didn’t expect the campaign to take off as it did and I’m just thankful for everyone who’s helping us reach our goal,” Poirer said via Twitter message. Share Update: Air Canada takes pity on lovestruck teen, extends Twitter challenge deadlinelast_img


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