What would you do if you went to the DMV to get your learner’s permit at 15 years old, just to get denied after finding out your mom accidentally misspelled your name on your birth certificate? It may sound like a crazy hypothetical scenario, but not for Gabrielle Mayor – according to a TikTok she posted on March 1.
“Thinking about how my parents made a typo on my birth certificate, and I didn’t find out until age 15 that my real name is actually Babrielle,” she wrote in the background of a TikTok video that showed her with a disappointed look on her face. She captioned the video with an eye-roll emoji to second her emotion.
Her TikTok immediately went viral as users either couldn’t believe it actually happened or felt her pain from a similar experience. For someone who only has 800 followers and regularly gets around 1,000 to 2,000 views, the video has received more than 4 million views and 325,000 likes in a matter of 10 days.
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Believe it or not, she was telling the truth. In fact, Gabrielle Mayor – who is now 24 years old – and her mother, Ellyn Mayor, detailed the improbable experience in an interview with TODAY last week. What was supposed to be an exciting day for a 15-year-old soon-to-be driver turned into a major disappointment.
“My mom and I were at the DMV picking up my learner’s permit. I can’t even explain how excited I was to be able to drive. I felt like I’d been waiting my whole life for that moment,” Gabrielle said. Unfortunately, things took a major turn for the worse when she was asked to provide her social security number.
Not thinking anything could go wrong, she gave the DMV employee her social security number, but that’s when they found out. “I’m not seeing a Gabrielle Mayor,” the employee said, adding, “I do have a Babrielle Mayor.” Her mother immediately knew what was wrong as she let out an ‘OH NO’ and an obnoxious gasp.
Ellyn was given a number of medications to help with the birth of her daughter – which made her feel a little loopy. “I was shaking so badly that my G must have looked like a B,” she recalled. While she had the birth certificate changed within a few weeks of the birth, she totally forgot about the social security card.
TikTok Users Were Quick to Share Similar Stories
In that particular moment, Gabrielle Mayor was upset because she had to wait several more weeks before getting her learner’s permit, but she found it hilarious once the situation was sorted out. And, while you’d think this is something that doesn’t happen very often, the TikTok comments section said otherwise.
In fact, some users didn’t find out until later in life. “You’re definitely not alone as it happened to me, and I didn’t find out until I was 40,” said one user, while another user commented, “my name was aslhey instead of Ashley for 20 years.” Dozens of others shared their typos, some worse than others.
There was a Lilianna (with two n’s) who had her name spelled with just one ‘n’ (Liliana) on her birth certificate. Someone’s nephew was supposed to be Cameron, but his birth certificate says ‘Carmon.’ And even worse than that, there was a Valorie whose birth certificate read ‘Tracy’ for some odd reason.
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And it’s not always the baby’s name that gets messed up. One person had their mother’s and father’s names switched on the birth certificate – Sarah was the father, and Jake was the mother. Someone else had the wrong birthday listed, while another user had the wrong gender listed on the birth certificate.
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