A true visionary is someone who recognizes opportunities where others do not. If you’re interested enough to spot it, the next new trend could show up almost anywhere, even on a bag of potato chips. (You just have to be careful not to eat your fortune before you find your fame.)
Rylee Stuart, 13, was opening a package of Doritos when she came across a chip that looked like a puffy triangular pillow. The Queensland teenager was about to stuff it into her mouth, but noticing its unique shape, she thought better of devouring the puffed mouthful.
Instead, Rylee posted her unusual find on TikTok, asking her followers for comments on how to eat it better. His advice? Put the bloated chip on eBay to see what price it could fetch. With a starting bid of $ 0.99, that’s exactly what the Australian teenage entrepreneur did.
Fast forward, and thanks to a dose of social media magic, Rylee’s hilarious TikTok entry has racked up 6 million views and counting.
Meanwhile, before the listing was pulled, eBay’s auction of the “one-of-a-kind” culinary rarity topped $ 100,000. But not before his internet notoriety caught the eye of Doritos’ chief marketing officer, Vandita Pandey.
In recognition of her “fearlessness and entrepreneurial spirit,” Rylee’s crunchy bite of zeitgeist earned her a whopping $ 20,000 prize from the corporate bosses.
“It’s been a fast-paced couple of days for Rylee and her family and we’ve loved following her story,” said Pandey. 9News. “We are so impressed with Rylee’s boldness and entrepreneurial spirit, which is why we wanted to make sure the Stuart family was rewarded for their creativity and love for Doritos.”
Now that the funky snack zeppelin has gone viral, Rylee’s father has taunted his daughter that he is contesting ownership of the golden ticket.
“Dad is saying that since he bought the package, it is his chip,” a cheerful Rylee told 9News. “But I ate the package and found it, so I think it’s mine.”
Since it is commonly held that possession is nine-tenths of the law, we will not dispute your claim. One thing’s for sure though: Eagle-eyed Rylee’s token-hunting ability combined with her talent for making her meme-worthy brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “collect your tokens.”
Main photo: Larry D. Moore, CC 4.0 License
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