A teenage girl in Minnesota hit a country music concert with her friends over the weekend, and when she saw a pickup truck with a massive tailpipe, she had an idea.
“We were just all having fun and I saw this big exhaust pipe and I was like, ‘Hey, my head could probably fit in that,’" Kaitlyn Strom, 19, told the Hutchison Leader. "So I tried it. It did fit, but it didn’t want to come back out.”
Upon realizing she was stuck, Strom tried to remain as calm as possible to keep the swelling in her head from worsening.
“(I was) kind of confused because I didn’t know what was going on, because I couldn’t see around me,” she said, “But I trusted everyone who was around that I knew to get me out safely.”
Strom estimated she was stuck for about 45 minutes. The Winsted Fire Department was called to cut off the exhaust pipe and free her head. She was given a medical exam after she was released, as well as later that night, and is doing well. She was also cited for underage drinking, according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.
Shocker -- alcohol was involved.
But it all got worse for Strom. The embarrassing interlude was caught on tape -- and posted on social media.
When she arrived home around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, she realized there was a video on Facebook that already had thousands of views in just a few hours.
As of Tuesday morning, the clip, which is posted on the Facebook group “Truck Rice,” has 1.2 million views and has been shared more than 13,000 times. The same clip posted by a person called Billy Little has been viewed 1.7 million times and shared nearly 40,000 times.
Strom said the truck's owner, Tom Wold, was more than understanding.
“I did not know him, but everyone who was around me knew him,” she said. “He was wonderful. I remember getting my head unstuck, and I just looked at him and apologized, and he said, ‘No, I’m just glad you’re OK. Don’t worry about it.’ He has already fixed his exhaust and is going to be working on that. I did not have to pay for anything like that, because he was absolutely wonderful.”
But she said internet fame isn't all that great.
“I’m just brushing it off, because that’s expected to happen,” she said. “A lot of people don’t realize how serious it was. So it’s kind of expected when it’s blasted on the internet that you’re going to get negative comments. … Some people can be really cruel.”
Watch the video below.