As college tuition continues to leave millennials in crippling debt, one student has come up with a plan to try and have those bills taken care of — she’s blackmailing Disney on Twitter.
The woman was at a restaurant at the Disneyland theme park in Southern California when she noticed an extremely bold rat channeling its inner Ratatouille — and strolling through the eatery.
Disney has a long history of critter problems, and probably wouldn’t want more publicity on the issue, considering the fact that a small child was killed by an alligator at their Florida park earlier this year. Presumably knowing this, the woman identified on the social media network only as “Hannah” set out to cash in.
“Pay my college tuition and i’ll delete @Disneyland,” Hannah wrote, along with two accompanying photos of the large gray rat.
— Hannah (@hannaahelisee) October 18, 2016
Her playful attempt at extortion immediately went viral. The post was retweeted over 10,000 times and favorited by over 20,000 users.
She has since explained that her tweet was only a joke, and that she loves Disney.
@stephenaacosta hi! You can go ahead & use it but please mention it was only a joke haha 🙂 I didn't expect it to go viral, I love Disney!
— Hannah (@hannaahelisee) October 24, 2016
Joke or not, it seems as though the internet is on her side in a massive way.
“Dig those goofy gloved hands into your bullshit pockets and pay up, Mickey,” a reporter at the Daily Dot demanded.
Currently, approximately 44 million Americans owe a total of nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. The average 2016 graduate will incur $37,172 in debt from furthering their education — a 6% increase from students just one year before.
The issue of student debt has become a major focus in the current presidential election, as the wildly popular Senator Bernie Sanders made it a central point of his campaign. It isn’t hard to see why he was such a success with millennials.
Sadly for students, Sanders didn’t win the nomination, so I guess we are stuck with blackmailing Mickey over his freeloading vermin friends.