Sir this is a Wendy’s is a popular Twitter dialogue meme.
A popular variation of the original meme format is Sir, this is an Arby’s.
The template consists of a setup, where a person is ranting madly to someone who finishes the conversation with the phrase “sir this is a Wendy’s”.
The format had become viral on various platforms, including Twitter, Reddit and TikTok.
Although the real original video of the meme is unsure, a highly likely contender is the Season 4 Episode 14 of The Office, which first aired on April 17th, 2008, under the title “Chair Model”.
The episode depicts Michael (portrayed by Steve Carrel) attempting to call women on a date via phone calls, which one time results in him calling a Wendy’s Restaurant.
When a female employee answers and says “This is Wendy’s”, Michael proceeds to ask her out, to which she replies “Sir, this is a Wendy’s.”
Twitter user PizzaxSlutx posted the first tweet that contained the meme format, in 2011, with limited reactions and popularity.
In later years, the sir this is an Arby’s template would appear more and more frequently in tweets, the first of which was shared by ethanhunter on November 11th, 2011.
The “Sir this is a Wendy’s” meme spread rapidly on Twitter and would later be seen on sites like Facebook, Instagram as well as 9GAG, predominantly in tweet screenshots.
This changed in 2019, when Reddit user u/SrGrafo shared a comic titled Airport Security to the r/comics sub on February 5th, 2019, depicting a man defecating in public, being approached by security, warning them it’s an airport.
Reddit user u/HydroSword posted a comment saying “Sir, this is a Wendy’s”, to which the creator of the comic shared an edit of the comic, featuring the meme.
The meme also became popular on various other Reddit threads, as well as Vine, TikTok and YouTube where people were using the trope in drive thru gags.
“Sir this is a Wendy’s” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2020.
- Reddit – r/OutOfTheLoop
- Georgetakei.com – Fast Food Workers Share Their Funniest ‘Sir, This Is A Wendy’s’ Experience