US dad amuses TikTok with lunchbox 'mistake' that saw him called to collect son from school

Screenshots of Will Meyers and the two cans from his TikTok
"[When] my son was born, the best advice I ever got was, 'you know more than you think you do' - but today is not that day." Photo credit: @moneymanmyers / TikTok

We all know dads are particularly prone to the odd parenting faux pas (mine accidentally gave me cough syrup as a baby), but one dad's slip-up has now become a viral sensation on TikTok. 

In a clip that has since amassed more than three million views, father and popular content creator Will Meyers shared how he accidentally packed a beer in his son's lunchbox - prompting the school to call him and request that he collect his child from the premises. 

Meyers, who goes by the username @MoneyManMyers on the video-sharing platform, explained to his almost 400,000 followers how the hilarious mix-up occurred, reiterating that he'd intended to pack his son a carbonated beverage - not an alcoholic one. 

"Well, I gotta go pick up my kid from school today because I made a big mistake," he told his viewers in the clip, which was captioned, "#parentingwin."

"[When] my son was born, the best advice I ever got was, 'you know more than you think you do' - but today is not that day. Let me show you."

Meyers then panned to two canned beverages side by side, both with black, white and gold branding and packaging. On the left was a can of Guinness Draught Stout - on the right was a can of Liquid Death Sparkling Water.

"You see, one of these is sparkling water, and he likes for me to pack that in his lunch because it's awesome. One of these is not sparkling water," Meyers said.

"Although it looks like the sparkling water can, it is not sparkling water.

"Therefore, I've got to go and pick up my kid from school and uh, try to explain this situation."

The clip, which has been liked more than 212,000 times at the time of publishing, quickly went viral, prompting hilarity and messages of reassurance from other parents. 

Thousands of people have taken to the comment to empathise with Meyers, with some sharing their own anecdotes of fatherhood fails. 

"My dad sent me to school with a Mike's hard lemonade in kindergarten, so I think it's a normal dad thing," one person, with another adding: "I sent two packs of cigarettes in a bag of paper plates and napkins to my daughter's class."

A teacher who saw Meyer's video also assured him it was a common mistake, writing: "I'm a teacher and had a dad panicking to get to his daughter's lunchbox before she got to his missing brownies."

"A kid brought in a can of White Claw [an alcoholic seltzer water] thinking it was regular sparkling water, too," another weighed in, with one mum adding that she accidentally sent her kid to school with his sibling's nappy bag instead of his book bag.

"My daughter thought she found a car's 'shifter' [gearstick] on the ground and brought it into her school. It was a bong. Police were called. Fun times," shared another.

A former principal also pitched in, saying the video made her laugh "so hard" - to which Meyers responded, "I'm going to list you as a character reference when I go in to talk to this principal."