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Mom turns puzzling text from unknown number into job opportunity: 'Why can't this happen to me?'

Morgan Greenwald
·2-min read

Sometimes it pays to talk to strangers — especially when there are dogs involved.

Recently, TikTok user @scoootty24 uploaded a video explaining how a text exchange between his mom and an unknown number turned into a lucrative (and adorable) dog sitting opportunity.

Around 8 p.m. one night, @scoootty24’s mom got a text from an unknown number asking if she could watch a dog named Bear from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Naturally, she was confused, and told the stranger that she had the wrong number.

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“Maybe I do have the wrong number…” the stranger said. “Omg. I’m such an idiot.”

The stranger had been trying to contact someone from Rover, but instead accidentally texted @scoootty24’s mom, whom they bought ski boots from some time ago.

At this point, @scoootty24’s mom’s interest was piqued, though. She might not have been the dog sitter the stranger was looking for, but she was still willing to watch Bear.

“We love goldens!” she told the mysterious number. “Bring him over!”

And that’s just what the stranger did. Thanks to “the best wrong number text ever,” as @scoootty24 described it, he and his family got to hang out with a sweet Golden Retriever for the holidays (and make $40 in the process).

In the comments, TikTokers wished for their own serendipitous text exchange with a stranger.

“Why can’t this happen to me?” one person asked.

“God I see what you’ve done for others,” another joked.

“Some people are living out my dreams,” a third wrote.

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