Rebecca Busch was terrified when her daughter Samantha texted her a photo of herself hanging “for dear life” from a cliff in the Grand Canyon.
The mother from Westmont, Ill., claimed the image nearly gave her a heart attack.
It turns out the shot was a hoax and Samantha was safely standing on a secure ledge when her boyfriend snapped the camera.
The photo quickly went viral after Samantha posted it on Reddit last week with the caption, “Mom was worried about my trip to the Grand Canyon, I sent her this picture.” The mother and daughter appeared on ABC News to talk about the image.
Samantha told ABC News that she posed for the photo because she wanted to give her overprotective mom a scare. Rebecca was nervous about her 22-year-old daughter traveling to Arizona with her boyfriend for a camping and hiking trip. The mom warned her daughter again and again to not fall off a cliff.
Samantha felt her mom’s worries were excessive and decided to make a joke of her fears by sending the image. She also turned off the GPS locator on her phone before texting the pic to make her mom even more nervous. Yes, Rebecca was tracking her daughter’s every step through her phone.
“I work for her, so constantly every single day we communicate over work stuff. So for the whole week I decided not to let her know where I’m at. I had to give her some practice to not know where I am every day…” Samantha told ABC News.
Rebecca was initially terrified when she saw the image and later relieved when she realized it was a ruse. She never got angry at her daughter, but some users on Reddit didn’t find Samantha’s prank funny and felt Rebecca’s concern was founded.
One user wrote: “My sister-in-law went to the Grand Canyon and when she saw that there were no guardrails became so worried and nervous for everyone (EVERYONE) visiting that she had to leave.”
Another chimed in: “As a father of 2 daughters, and a guy who is deathly afraid of heights – that is just plain mean.”
And one Reddit user joined the conversation by sharing the photo she shocked her mother with—see below.
Reddit user Klaire Bop says her mother started crying when she saw this photo. (Reddit)