An Arkansas woman had a “blonde moment” when she sent a set of pictures of herself instead of her car to the car insurance agent.
Alyssa Stringfellow, a 25-year-old teacher wanted to get her car insured through her grandmother’s car insurance policy, according to the Daily Mail.
In a Facebook post, she shared her “blonde” moment and explained how it all happened.
I have been debating on whether or not to post this all day because it is PRETTY embarrassing to admit, but I have…
“Everyone knows you save money with multiple cars, and being single and young…my insurance is pretty high,” she wrote.
After asking her grandmother what she thought of the idea, her grandmother called her insurance agent and passed on the message, asking the agent what her granddaughter needed in order to get her car insured.
In the evening, her grandmother called and told her she needed to send her driver’s license number, date of birth, and “a picture straight on and a picture taken from each side” to the insurance company.
Misunderstanding what her grandmother had said, she took pictures of herself from the front and each side and sent that off to the agent.
The following day, she received an email from the insurance agent, and was shocked at what she read:
“The following day, I check my email and find THIS response: ‘Hi Alyssa, I am going to need pictures like you just took, except it needs to be of your vehicle.'”
Left feeling embarrassed, she realized her mistake and quickly resent pictures of her car to the insurance agent.
“Needless to say, I was ridiculously embarrassed, and everyone at work had a good laugh at my obvious misinterpretation,” she wrote.
The miscommunication happened likely because the instructions from the insurance company that her grandmother sent her were missing some key details.
Daily Mail reported that Stringfellow said she was mortified and embarrassed when the agent’s whole office saw the photos.
Stringfellow’s grandmother later reached out to her over text regarding the mishap, “Alyssa Rachael, did you send him pictures of YOURSELF!? It was supposed to be of your car!”
It turned out that the insurance agent called Stringfellow’s grandmother and told her about what the 25-year-old had sent, and the two laughed about it over the phone for a good five minutes, Stringfellow wrote.
Stringfellow, who teaches special needs kids, added to the Daily Mail: “I was insuring myself on my grandmother’s car insurance when I decided to pose for the photos.”
Stringfellow told Daily Mail that her grandmother told her, “he’s insuring the car, not you.”
Stringfellow wrote that she had, before sending the photos of herself to the agent, she asked her mother to take the pictures, and the two had a discussion as to why the agent would need pictures of her.
They never once considered that the photos were supposed to be of the car.
“But, you know what they say, you either have book smarts or street smarts,” she added, “and I definitely do not have the latter!”
She was debating, after the incident, whether she should post her “blonde” moment on Facebook, considering how embarrassing it was. But she decided she would and share and hope that people would get a good laugh out of it.
Since then, her Facebook post went viral and was shared over 24,000 times, and received more than 15,000 comments.
Many of the comments were from people who tagged other people in their life, who were likely to do such a thing, and some even replied saying that they would have likely made the same mistake.
Others got a good laugh out of it, commented saying that this kind of mistakes could happen to anyone, and told Stringfellow not to feel bad.
This incident wasn’t the first of its kind, as someone else had made the same mistake.
Mirada Santos tweeted about the time her mother sent off pictures of herself to her insurance company after confusing the insurance agent’s instructions. She wrote on her twitter and said, “the insurance lady asked my mom for front rear, and side views, but she didn’t get the memo.”
throwback to when the car insurance lady asked my mom for front, rear, & side views but she didn’t get the memo.. pic.twitter.com/Xf9y3Dq79I
— mir&uh???? (@mirandaasantos) April 25, 2016
The Epoch Times reporters Ivan Pentchoukov and Jack Phillips contributed to this article.