My wife and I went up to the Polling Booth in our local Primary school this morning to Vote in Australia's Federal Election. We went early to avoid any long queues and although I had no problem, the poor lady handing out the voting forms, just could not get it through her head that my wife was not our daughter. (They have the same two Christian names but in reverse order.) Even though our daughter has a different address and voting I.D. Number to what my wife showed the lady , it took her nearly 5 minutes to finally work it out despite a bit of urging from us.
As an appendix, when our daughter went to vote at her local school, she was asked, not if she was
her mother, but whether she was another person with the same two christian names (albeit with different spellings for both names) who it turns out was registered in the very next line to our daughter's name!
Moral to the Story? Not sure there is one; but it is a good reminder to us all, I think, to thoroughly check our facts and not just go with the first thing/name we see and assume it is the only one of that name etc.
What about you? Do you have any stories of mix ups with names?