Not long ago some old classmates of mine were trying to arrange a middle-school reunion on Facebook, and someone mistakenly added a woman who had my exact name. She lived in our home town and whoever was arranging the reunion thought she was me. That strange woman was not pleased to suddenly be in a big Facebook message group with a bunch of strangers trying to plan a 20-year reunion for a Catholic middle school, and she was just like, "Take me off this list." That's understandable, but everyone totally thought it was me being rude and snappish to everybody.
By that point someone had added the real me to the group, and I watched the whole thing go down like, "Oh crap, everyone thinks that's me!" It did all work out in the end, with just a minor amount of embarrassment for me. Now I realize I got extremely lucky, because the other me could easily have taken the opportunity to troll the hell out of the group, like one woman did recently when she was mistakenly added to a group text for a group of local soccer moms.
According to Cafe Mom, Christi Rantis Lally is a makeup artist who does not have kids. One day, her number got added to a mom group from a local children's soccer team. Instead of telling them they had the wrong number, she started bragging that her fictional kid was the best one on the team.
I'm not sure whether I'm more bewildered by the fact that the soccer moms believe her when she says it's noble of her kid to play on the local league because he's been scouted, or the fact that one of the moms think "all the kids have talent, those are the rules of soccer.
At that point the moms start saying, "we'll see you at the Meeting!" The most hilarious thing about this is that everyone is in the group text by phone number, not name. So they have no idea who the texts are coming from. They think it's one of the other soccer moms, but they don't know which one of them it is. There is a traitor in their midst!
Oh no! Now I feel bad about laughing at this. Don't bring Coach Juan into this! He's just trying to coach soccer, and now he's going to have to moderate Mom Drama. Coach Juan is totally at home watching his phone blow up and thinking, "You have got to be kidding me."
Christiano Ronaldo is arguably the best soccer player in the world. They must have figured it out at that point!
Lally posted the screenshots to Facebook.
"This past week I received group texts BY accident," she wrote. "They are a bunch of parents and a coach for some kids soccer team. Instead of telling them they had the wrong number, I did this. I am a horrible person... I'm so sorry Coach Juan."
Let this be a lesson to all of us: If someone is acting up in the group chat, make sure you actually know who they are before getting bent out of shape. The secret Alpha Mom in the playgroup might just be a stranger who got into the group chat by mistake.
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