Mom’s Surprise Visit to Daughter’s Utah Dorm Room Goes Wrong — and Viral

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A mother's attempt to surprise her daughter at college went quite wrong -- and then the comical results went viral.

Last week, 18-year-old McKenna Pilling of New York City was moving out of her dorm room at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and her mom decided to surprise her to help.

McKenna said her mother, Deanna, showed up early but the visit didn't go as planned.

“She must have mixed up the dorms," McKenna told KTLA's sister station KSTU in Salt Lake City.

Deanna walked into a dorm room, lay down on what she thought was her daughter's bed, and then took a picture. After a few minutes, she sent the selfie to McKenna to announce her surprise visit.

McKenna told her mom that the daughter was in fact currently in her dorm room. Deanna ran out of the wrong room.

“I just immediately started laughing," McKenna said.

So whose dorm room was it and does that person know?

“It was a friend in my building; it was just down the hall so it wasn’t too bad, but it was pretty funny," McKenna said. “She didn’t find out until today, actually. She ... was like, ‘Is that my pillow?’"

McKenna said she thinks it's hilarious that the photo has now gone viral.

“We weren’t expecting anything of it," she said. "I put the caption as ‘Momma Pilling’ and that’s what all my friends call her so I just thought friends and family would see it. But now it’s completely gone everywhere."

There is just one thing they wish they could change now that this photo has gone viral.

“My mom wishes she would have taken a better selfie to send me," McKenna said.

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