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Teen asks wrong girl to prom and it’s all captured on video

HENDERSON, Nev. – Teens at a Nevada high school had Operation Prom Date all figured out.

Until they didn’t. And, much to their chagrin, their goof has gone viral.

The plan was simple: Austin Mousa and Johnny Pashales drive to the girl’s house with a box of doughnuts and Austin asks the girl to prom. The cherry on top would be Johnny capturing the whole thing on video. Easy.

When they got to the neighborhood, Austin said he couldn’t remember which door belonged to Hannah Masluk.

“He’s like: ‘Oh, don’t worry, dude. I gotchu, I know which house it is,’ ” Austin said. “And I’m like, ‘OK, bro!’ “

Most of the plan worked beautifully after that, and, for a few moments, the 17-year-old boys from Coronado High School felt like seasoned pros who had done this kind of thing many times and lived to tell the tale. 

But when the door opened, and a girl with an unfamiliar face stepped forward and saw the smiley duo standing there, this much was clear:

Something had gone horribly wrong.

That’s not Hannah, Austin thought.

“Oh my gosh,” the girl at the door said.

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Austin looked at Johnny, who was laughing behind his cellphone camera. 

“Johnny,” Austin said, “you picked the wrong house.”

Johnny stopped recording. Austin apologized, and the boys left the property. 

‘Second try’s the charm’

Austin and Johnny eventually made it to the right house.

Again, Austin knocked on the door. And again, a girl answered.

Standing there this time was 16-year-old Hannah Masluk, and Austin knew he was in the right place. The conversation opened with some unexpected news. 

“Second try’s the charm,” Johnny said, laughing behind the camera again.

“We just went to the wrong house,” Austin told Hannah – and the video ended there.

Going viral

After Austin asked the wrong girl to prom, he posted Johnny’s video to Twitter with this message: “Only I could mess up going to a girl’s house to ask her to prom” …

That’s when things got a little more awkward as Austin, who’s from a sleep watched his prom flop video blow up the internet.

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“It was surreal,” Austin said. “It was funny, but I didn’t think it was that funny for that many people to see it.”

The next day at school, the number of views passed 100,000, and the views would not slow until hitting a whopping 2.5 million.

A lesson learned

One of Austin’s friends asked to interview him for a “Senior Spotlight” profile on The Roar student news website.

“They were like, ‘Can you be in it? Because you’re famous now and stuff,'” Austin said. “I’m like, ‘OK, let’s relax. I’m not that famous.'”

In a world where a picture or video intended for a few can blast into the feeds of millions in an instant, Austin, for the first time in his life, got a taste of what it’s like to have all eyes on him.

“I don’t know how really famous people do it,” Austin said. “They’ve got a lot on their mind, they’ve got a lot on their plate, it’s tough.” 

The situation may have forever changed Austin’s future – but in a good way.

“In my mind, I was like, I can’t make any stupid decisions, because you never know how it’s going to end up now,” Austin said. “With that many people knowing who you are, you can’t really make any dumb decisions.”

Although Johnny captured the video, he did not get as much attention as his buddy, but he takes all the credit. His closest friends know he was the guy holding the camera.

“You can call me the mastermind behind it,” Johnny said, smiling.

A ‘proud mom moment’

On April 6, Austin and Hannah went to prom together, perhaps showing a mistake doesn’t always mean disaster.

“This story is going to be told within our families for years or generations,” said Allison Masluk, Hannah’s mother. “The best part about it is it’s all on video. You always hear the story about your parents growing up or whatever – but we have it on video.”

“It was a proud mom moment,” said Christine Mousa, Austin’s mother. “I must have missed Parenting 101.”

Follow Ed Komenda on Twitter: @ejkomenda

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