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Mistaken Identity

Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 3:22 PM

Have you ever been the victim of mistaken identity or actually approached someone and found out too late after making some remark or gesture you didn't even know the person?

My wife and I were out-on-the-town in Atlsnta one Saturday night when a man and woman approached me, called out a name and I told him he was mistaken and gave him my actual name, They looked me over again and the man asked, "Are you real sure you're not..." and called the name again of a man from some place in South Carolina.

He came back two more time in the next several minutes and practically insisted I was the guy from South Carolina. A quick fix would have been to show him some identification, but I didn't owe him a thing for his mistake.

I sure hope some man in South Carolina didn't get in trouble for being out in Atlanta with some woman other than his wife.

How would you have handled that situation?

I approached a lady from the side in Kroger's one afternoon and asked why she didn't buy her husband a nice big steak rather than the hamburger she had in her hand.

She turned around and faced me and I realized immediately I didn't know her.

"Because I don't have a husband and have never been married," she informed me as she walked away with hamburger meat in hand.

Have you ever had such an embarrassing moment?

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My brother and his wife have been seperated for a couple of years now. The wife was in a public place with her new boyfriend and as he was looking at something in a store when my daughter walked up to him and said "Hi Russell"...the wife yelled "Amy" to my daughter with a suprised look on her face. Turned out her new boyfriend looks like my brothers twin...hahahaha.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 11:58 PM

Not sure if this exactly fits in this catagory but I think it does... When I was about 4 years old I was with my father on the square in a jewelry store here in town. It was either going out of buisiness or was just having a huge sale. Would have been about 1968 and was on the opposite end from where Knox Pitts was. There was a huge crowd of people hovered around the jewelry counter, people were shoulder to shoulder. Well my mom had me dressed up in a very pretty lacy dress with black pattened leather shoes, white gloves the whole bit and I somehow had gotten seperated from my father for a couple of minutes in the crowd. I saw him from across the room so I start yelling "Daddy, daddy, I want to show you something funny". As I take my father by the hand and lead him through the crowd of people everyone kind of stopped to see what I was so excited about. I lead him right up to a woman that was dressed in a very bright colored outfit and had tons of makeup on her face and I pointed up at her and said, "Dad, look, they have clowns in here too!" Needless to say he was mortified.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 12:08 AM

While in Jackson Mississippi personal friends saw who they thought was me with another woman. They even talked to him and were a little perplexed but not enough to think it was a double.

Luckily, I had an iron tight alibi, I was with my soon to be wife so she knew they were wrong. Whew! I never did run into that guy, and hope I did not cause him the same type of trouble.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 9:24 AM

On another thought, think about having the same name as someone else -- being in the same place and that name called out. It happened to me. It was a bit confusing at first to see which one was really wanted:)

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 10:01 AM

You folks have given me a good laugh for the day. Thanks.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 11:40 AM

I don't have an unusual name, but it is not that common either. According to the computer, there are 449 of me. That would make me about one in a million. One day I was on an airplane, and the passenger in the next seat introduced himself; "Hi, I'm..." and gave my name. For just a moment I thought it was some sort of a joke, except I had never seen the man before. We had to compare drivers licences. It is an odd feeling to meet yourself.

-- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 8:29 PM

lazarus, did you have similar heritage or similar ages that would influence your parents?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 31, 2013, at 10:07 PM

we were close in age, but nothing else in common.

-- Posted by lazarus on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 12:04 AM

I've had what could have been an embarrassing moment when I went to a visitation at a local funeral home and two visitations were being held at the same time. I walked into the wrong side first and quickly realized I didn't know anyone there. The people there were very gracious and thanked me for being there and I pretended I was a friend of their loved one.

How about embarrassing moments not even related to mistaken identity? I'm sure we've all had several of those.

-- Posted by bomelson on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 2:18 PM

We had new neighbors to move in next door, and my husband saw that the bushes were being trimmed and decided to welcome the man to the neighborhood. He came back and said that the man didn't speak Englis well and he had no idea what had been said. I later found out that a single woman had moved in and the man trimming the bushes was the yard man.

-- Posted by cookie on Sun, Feb 3, 2013, at 8:09 AM

misspelled English.

-- Posted by cookie on Sun, Feb 3, 2013, at 9:27 AM

I tried to tell a woman yesterday that an elevator she was for was out of order. She politely bobbed her head, said something to her daughter, then continued to wait by the door.

I usually am good at recognizing languages and getting my point across, but I did not recognize this language at all and knew when to just move on. I had reported the elevator so eventually I am sure she caught it, but no telling how long.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Feb 3, 2013, at 10:29 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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