New York mother Deanna Pilling thought she'd give her daughter the surprise of a lifetime by flying cross-country and showing up at her dorm room. Little did she know, she'd be on the receiving end of the surprise.
Deanna arrived on Utah State University's campus and headed straight for her daughter McKenna's dorm room. She made herself comfy and decided to send her daughter a goofy selfie from her very own bed.
But that's when things went south -- fast.
"Where's that?" McKenna replied, in a text message she posted on Twitter. "I'm in my dorm. Please tell me you're not in someone else's dorm."
“I felt sick to my stomach because I’ve already said hi to several people in the dorm and they probably have no idea who I was,” Deanna told Good Morning America. “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I didn’t even look at the name of the building. I could be in the wrong building.’”
"I was just in panic," McKenna said. Luckily for everyone, she wasn't in the wrong building and the two were able to soon find each other. As for the owner of the now-famous bed? Turns out it was a friend of McKenna's. Phew.
The hilarious photo has since been retweeted around 17,000 times since last Thursday.
Luckily for the Pillings there hopefully won't be any more embarrassing surprises this school year. Deanna flew down just to help McKenna move out of her room for the summer.
Parents, don't try this at your kid's dorm.