Mom’s Surprise Visit To Daughter’s Dorm Room Goes Hilariously Wrong

by Ashley Austrew
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This mom tried to surprise her daughter in her dorm room, but ended up failing miserably

Parents: sometimes we’re on our game, and other times — well, other times we fail so hard there’s nothing left to do but laugh. That’s what happened when this mom tried to surprise her daughter at her college dorm, only to have her plan go hilariously wrong.

McKenna Pilling, an 18-year-old New Yorker currently attending Utah State University, was packing to move out of her dorm last week, when her mom Deanna decided to surprise her with a visit. The mom went to McKenna’s dorm room, laid down on the bed and took a selfie, then texted it to her daughter with the message, “Look where I am!”

The only problem? She was not in McKenna’s dorm.

McKenna says she was sitting on her own bed when she got the text, so she immediately knew her mom was in the wrong room. She wrote back, “Where’s that? I’m in my dorm. Please tell me you’re not in someone else’s dorm.” Her mom immediately responded by saying, “I am in the wrong dorm omg.”

McKenna took a screen shot of the hilarious text message conversation and shared it on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. As of this writing, her tweet has been liked more than 34,000 times and has over 16,000 retweets. She and her mom tell Buzzfeed News they had no idea how big the story would get. “Every time I refresh my feed more tweets and favorites pop up,” said McKenna. “Now all my mom has to say is, ‘I wish I’d would’ve taken a better picture.’”

Hey, at least she didn’t walk in on someone naked, right?


As much as we like to think we’re the cool mom or dad, parents have kind of a reputation for embarrassing feats of ridiculousness. Whether it’s the dad who used his GoPro backwards for an entire vacation, or a mom who has zero chill regarding safe sex talks, there’s a little bit of the fumbling, bumbling spirit of Clark Griswold inside all of us, and that’s what makes this mom’s epic failure so hilariously relatable.

We’re all just one step away from completely humiliating our children, but secretly, that’s what they love about us. Keep on keeping on, Momma Pilling. And Utah State University kids, maybe consider locking your doors — you never know when there are confused parents on the prowl.

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