#AskEddie: 15-year-old Unpaid Intern Saves Rail Company Reputation and Wins Hearts After One Day on Twitter
Last Tuesday, July 11th, guileless Eddie showed up at the offices of British rail company, Southern Rail and as most unpaid interns are, was assigned an innocuous and chosen-on-the-spot task – managing the company’s Twitter account for the day.
He signed on and made his introductions with all the guile of a babe in the woods, no doubt anticipating the banal chitchat and complaints of day-to-day railway commuters. He had no idea what was in store for him.
Here he is, the golden boy, hard at work. Say hi to Eddie.
Hi, Eddie here! Here on Work Experience and ready to answer your questions! ?— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
…and answer questions he did. All kinds of them.
Right away, the tweet became a platform for trolls, to whom Eddie could have given in easily but instead, he rolled with it and the internet loved him for it. #AskEddie quickly went viral with users flooding in to gain Eddie’s honest insight on all sorts of issues. After only one day, users were begging for him to come back.
Pretty important matters such as…
100 duck-sized horses. A horse-sized duck would be pretty scary! You? ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
Hi, if you need the correct amount, always start off with around 200g per person, then build up depending on how much 1/2— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
It has to be the chicken fajitas ? ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
Hi, it has to be a war monger. The fish monger at my nearest ASDA is amazing. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
I'm sorry. I never get a chance to watch Channel 4 news. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
The chicken 100% ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
People wanted to know more about the charming chap behind the tweets.
No, not yet. I am 15 ?. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
Rollerblades for feet, I feel like I would get used to them pretty quickly and be able to get places quicker! You? ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
Probably a sloth. I can't picture them running away. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017
Poor Neil and Amy. Nobody cares for the other community managers anymore. All they want is Eddie.
Eddie has been abducted. Neil has him locked in his shed, he's an imposter #saveeddie— jamie? (@jamie_mac1ean) July 12, 2017
Eddie's culinary tips and life advice have been so much more useful than the usual mob. Can we have Eddie forever please?— Walter (@WallyBolly) July 11, 2017
Looks like Southern Rail's got some competition.
Ya dun good, kid.
Hi Eddie you have done more for @SouthernRailUK PR and customer relations in one day than the management have achieved in 14 years.— Steve Willmott (@Mottyleafe) July 11, 2017
Following his smash success with Southern Rail, Eddie was interviewed on television and radio to comment on his online popularity. Turns out he’s just as precious offline. Just look at that face!
Unfortunately, Eddie’s work experience term has expired, because you know, he’s 15, but we all know he’ll be up to all kinds of success in the future. Keep doing you, Eddie. Keep doing you.