- Auburn University students Alexis Dinga and Collins Kitchens were filming a standard TikTok dance when Annette Desmond, a USPS driver, interrupted the video with a cute wave.
- The video immediately went viral — and Desmond even caught wind of her online fame when her niece showed her the thousands of comments on the clip.
- After commenters demanded a “part two” to the video, Dinga uploaded another video in which she, Kitchens, and Desmond all showed off their dancing prowess.
- The videos have racked up a combined total of 36 million views, and Dinga gifted Desmond the gloves she’d been needing as a thank-you for the boost to viral fame.
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When Alexis Dinga and her friend, Collins Kitchens, began filming a TikTik video, they weren’t expecting to go viral. The Auburn University students balanced Dinga’s phone on top of the mailbox outside her house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, planning to record themselves “goofing around” and practicing choreography.
The video, however, got much more entertaining when Annette Desmond, the United States Postal Service driver assigned to the neighborhood, pulled up next to the phone and waved at the camera.
“How you doin’?” she says in the clip, laughing.
“As we were filming, we saw the mail lady come down the street, but we just figured she’d probably drive past [the phone] and not acknowledge it,” Dinga told Insider. “But she stopped and, as you can see in the video, completely made it her own. And it was the absolutely the cutest thing ever.”
After finishing her route in the cul-de-sac, Desmond even offered to re-film the video she interrupted, but Dinga told her not to worry. The photo-bombed clip, the 21-year-old decided, was TikTok-worthy. She uploaded the video to the app — and it immediately went viral.
In two days, Dinga went from 15,000 followers on the platform to 200,000. In under a week, the video has been viewed 29 million times.
The comments section of the video immediately flooded with enthusiasm and love for Desmond.
“This video made me so freaking happy,” one commenter wrote, receiving nearly 500,000 likes.
“Please tell me you thank her every day,” another said.
“We must protect her at all costs,” one comment reads.
Several viewers even demanded a “part two” to the clip — which Dinga delivered.
The following day, Dinga posted a second TikTok in which she, Kitchens, and Desmond all showed off their dancing skills.
The next morning, Dinga says, she ran into Desmond again — and the USPS driver was well aware of her viral fame after her niece came across the video.
When Desmond finished her deliveries in the neighborhood, Dinga asked if she’d be interested in filming a dance for another video.
“She was all about it and she got so into it, and it was awesome,” Dinga recalled.
The video, which has racked up over 6 million views, proved to be another TikTok success.
“Y’all asked, SHE delivered,” the video’s caption reads.
“I WANT HER AS MY MAIL LADY,” one commenter wrote.
“Words can’t describe how happy this makes me,” the video’s top comment reads.
Dinga and Kitchens wanted to get Desmond a gift for taking time out of her day to participate in the TikTok madness.
“We asked her if there was anything at all that we could get,” Dinga recalled, “but she said she didn’t need anything except gloves, which are especially hard to come by right now.”
So, Dinga and Collins gifted Desmond a package of gloves with a neon thank-you note taped to the side.
The three took a photo together, which Dinga posted on Instagram, tagging her new friend.
The viral fame has been “crazy,” Dinga says, and she won’t forget how she got there.
Her TikTok bio now reads: “yeah i owe it all to my mail lady.”