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    Apr 26, 2019

    19 Awkward Celebrity Encounters That'll Give You Second-Hand Embarrassment

    "I was so shocked to see one of my musical idols walk past me, and all I could do was wave to him. It was Stevie Wonder."

    We recently asked BuzzFeed Community members to share their most awkward celebrity interactions. Here are the most cringeworthy submissions:

    1. These friends basically stalked Taylor Swift at Target.

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    "My friend and I were in Target and in walked FREAKING TAYLOR SWIFT. She was celebrating the release of Reputation by buying the CD. My friend and I were stunned, so we just kind of followed her. After a while, she turned around and said, 'Hi? You know you can talk to me if you want?' Frazzled, I walked up and congratulated her on her album, motioning toward it with my left hand. She thought I was reaching for a weird, left-handed handshake, so she uncomfortably shook my hand and said, 'Oh, you're a lefty. That's so...interesting?'"

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    2. This person straight-up called Eddie Murphy "Donkey."

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    "I met these two girls at a hotel pool when I was 11. We played together, and after a few hours, they asked, 'Do you want to meet our dad?' I was a little confused but I said sure. They walked me to this private cabana and inside was Eddie Murphy! I didn't know what to say, so I just blurted out, 'Donkeeey!' in reference to his iconic role in Shrek. After a moment of silence, he started to chuckle."

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    3. This person basically ran down Justin Bieber with a shopping cart.

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    "I live in Stratford, Ontario, where Justin Bieber grew up. Once when I was 8, my family and I went to Walmart, and I jumped on a cart and rode it like a scooter, as I always did. But this time, I was going around a corner and accidentally hit Justin Bieber with my cart. Whoopsie."

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    4. These people shit-talked Charlie Puth and immediately regretted it.

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    "My cousin and I went out to eat one night at a fancy hotel restaurant the night before we were to attend a Charlie Puth concert. Somehow his hairstyle came up in conversation, and we just straight-up trashed it. When we got up to leave, we realized he had been sitting at the table next to us the entire time! Needless to say we did not get a picture with him!"

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    5. This person snorkeled straight into Bruce Thomas's crotch.

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    "I went snorkeling when I was 10 and swam into what I thought was a tree. Turns out, it was Bruce Thomas from Legally Blonde and I had just swum into his crotch! When I looked up, I immediately recognized him and said, 'Hey! You’re the UPS guy from Legally Blonde!' He said, 'Bruce Thomas, nice to meet you,' and shook my hand. Then I just dove away and kept snorkeling."

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    6. This person waved at Stevie Wonder.

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    "One time at LAX, I was shocked to see one of my musical idols walk past me and all I could do was wave to him. It was Stevie Wonder. His security laughed at me. Worth it."

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    7. This girl literally crashed and burned right in front of Leonardo DiCaprio.

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    "When I was 16, I was a cabana girl at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. One day during a concert, Leonardo DiCaprio was sitting in a lawn chair surrounded by four beautiful models. One of my jobs was to clear trash, so I asked him if he was done with his salad bowl and he handed it to me. I had so much trash in my arms, and when I turned, my toe caught the edge of the sidewalk. I fell face-first and the trash flew EVERYWHERE. Leo turned around in slow motion, lowered his sunglasses, and said in a low voice, 'Are you OK?'"

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    8. And this girl got a little too photo-happy around him.

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    "I was invited as a guest to the NYC premiere of Body of Lies. When Leonardo DiCaprio made his way onto the red carpet, I snapped pic after pic. He whispered to the security guard and walked away. Security came up to me and said, 'The gentleman asks that the blonde girl aggressively taking pictures please stop.'"

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    9. This person had a major coffee dilemma right in front of Chris Noth.

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    "I was leaving a Starbucks in NYC, and as I was heading for the door, I saw Chris Noth sitting at a table. He smiled as I walked by, and I got so flustered that I ran right into the door and spilled my coffee all over myself! Everyone stared, including Chris. I opened the door and ran right out!"

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    10. This person's interaction with Matthew McConaughey could only be described as confusing.

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    "I attended the Golden Globes in 2015 and had a small notebook for autographs tucked under my armpit. When Matthew McConaughey came over to us, I pulled my notebook out so fast that a piece of paper ripped out and fell on the carpet. He picked it up, and I apologized and tried to take it back, but he just stared at me, put it in his pocket, and walked away. I genuinely don't understand why he pocketed my sweaty scrap of paper."

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    11. This person completely swerved Charlie Bewley.

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    "I was at a convention for The Vampire Diaries and Charlie Bewley (who was also in Twilight) approached me at a party. He said, 'Oh, I think we were talking earlier,' and I said, 'No, we weren't,' and just walked away. To this day, my friends won't let me live down that he was just trying to talk to me and I blew him off."

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    12. This person accidentally trashed Colbie Caillait’s music to her mom.

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    "I worked at a hotel Starbucks and Colbie Caillait's song 'Bubbly' came on the playlist. I made a comment to the customer at the register about how I couldn't stand that song/her music in general. Turns out, it was her mom. The tour bus that was parked outside? It was Colbie's. They'd all stayed in that hotel the night before. I was mortified."

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    13. This worker wasn't allowed to let Dave Matthews use the bathroom.

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    "Dave Matthews came into the Starbucks I worked at years ago. He asked if he could use our restroom, but the only one we had was for employees only. I asked my boss, who had no idea that it was Dave Matthews standing there with us. He said, 'No! You know the restrooms are only for employees.' Another coworker walked over and nervously told him, 'I can give you an empty cup to take with you.' Dave looked at us like we were all completely insane."

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    14. This person's attempt at playing it cool around Elijah Wood actually did more harm than good.

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    "I was at Austin’s Trail of Lights in Texas a few years back and realized that Elijah Wood and his friends were behind me in the crowd. Trying to not be obvious, I turned around to sneak a peek and ended up hitting him. The eye contact for that second was excruciating."

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    15. This person certainly got a memorable photo with Hailey Bieber.

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    "Last summer, I met Hailey Bieber. There were around five other people who wanted a photo with her, yet for some reason, I decided that I had to go first. So, as Hailey was putting her arm around another person, I glided into her arm from behind and pushed the other person out of the way. She was shocked and asked, 'Did you just cut that person off?' I said yes, took the photo with her, and ran away."

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    16. This person dug up one of Lauren Conrad's old feuds.

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    "I went to see Lauren Conrad at her book signing in Milwaukee. I was so nervous that when she was signing my book, I blurted out, 'How’s Kristin?' (Kristin Cavallari and LC have a long-running feud). She just awkwardly smiled and signed my book. I was so embarrassed that I took my picture with her and left."

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    17. This person collided with Betsey Johnson.

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    "The first time I visited NYC, I was walking in the Upper West Side and didn’t see Betsey Johnson get out of a taxi right in front of me, and I accidentally shoulder-checked her! I mumbled an apology and she just kept walking like she didn’t even have time to react because there were more important things to do. I fully support that, and now pay *much* more attention when I’m walking down the street."

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    18. This Starbucks customer almost stole Maren Morris's sandwich.

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    "I was at the Starbucks inside the Nashville airport and was waiting for my breakfast sandwich. I had headphones on and heard something that sounded like 'Lauren.' I went to grab the sandwich and looked down, and it said, 'Maren.' I looked up to see Maren Morris standing in front of me. She said, 'That's my sandwich.' I gave it to her, she walked away, and I felt very awkward."

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    19. And finally, this person accidentally used Bob Barker's famous TV show catchphrase against him.

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    "I worked for an airline as a customer service agent. I was about to close the doors to a flight when a passenger came up and, without looking, I told him he was too late. He got mad and said that I needed to let him on. It was Bob Barker! After confirming the airplane door was still open, I opened the jetway door to let him on. I said, 'Come on down,' and he kind of laughed and said, 'Okay, I'll come on down.' It wasn't until he had boarded that I realized he thought I was using his phrase from The Price Is Right."

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