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    47 Stories Of People Meeting Celebrities In Incredibly Random Places

    Hot tip: Costco and Applebee's are celebrity hot spots.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the strangest place they've ever met a celebrity. Here are their stories.

    1. Ryan Gosling at the grocery store

    a blurry selfie of ryan gosling in a supermarket

    "I met Ryan Gosling at Ralphs in downtown LA. He was buying flowers for someone. I told him how I loved him and asked if I could take a pic with him. My hands were shaking so bad at least only my face came blurry and not his!" —anastasias6

    2. Jennifer Lawrence at Pizza Hut

    "I met Jennifer Lawrence at a Pizza Hut in New York City. She’s super nice, funny, and made us all crack up. She ended up buying my pizza and shared her breadsticks with me." —daniellewaldrop120401

    3. Post Malone on a hike (he gave them Bud Lights!)

    post malone and a dog

    "I met Post Malone while I was climbing in Bishop, California. He handed us all Bud Lights and we all talked for a little while. He was super down to earth and even took a picture with my dog." —suev

    4. Brad Pitt at a middle school basketball game

    "I met Brad Pitt at a middle school baseball game. I had no idea who he was or that his nephew was on the school team. He let me borrow his phone so I could call my dad and get picked up." —victoriaa43d5503fc

    5. Guy Fieri at church

    "Guy Fieri is from my hometown and has a couple of restaurants here. He isn’t around often but during the holidays he visits and he always goes to the Christmas candlelight vigil at my church. Last year, I watched where he put his candle and put mine right by his. It was beautiful. My friend was sitting in the pew behind him and said he smelled like ranch dressing." —leoc448bdb193

    6. Newt Gingrich at a childhood sleepover

    "I had a sleepover at Newt Gingrich’s house (ugh, I know). He is my friend's uncle and hosted us when we came to DC to see DMB. His wife brought us muffins in the morning. He had blown-up posters of all his magazine covers hanging on his walls and gave us signed copies of his book when we left (we were 14.)" —carlyshannonb

    7. Rihanna at TGI Friday's

    rihanna and a tji fridays server

    "It was 2008 and I was continuing my college gig of waiting tables at the illustrious TGI Fridays. Rihanna’s 'Umbrella' was everywhere, including the sound system at the restaurant. The other staff members told me she loved to come in there whenever she was in Chicago. A couple of weeks later, I walked in at 4:30 for my dinner shift and there she was. She couldn’t have been nicer or more gorgeous. She took a photo with me and signed a stack of napkins for those who wanted them. #bestshiftever" —matthewf460296b89

    8. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen at the vet

    "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were my clients when I worked in an animal hospital as a vet tech in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They’re so down to earth and chill and Pippa and Puddy were the cutest dogs! Once I had to call Chrissy regarding something with her dogs and I was freaking out about what to say if she answered. She didn’t though and I left her a message. So yeah, my voice was in Chrissy's voicemail!" —stephaniedef

    9. John Mayer at Costco

    john mayer in a costco aisle

    "I met John Mayer at Costco in the middle of Montana this summer. He was buying shorts and told me to tell everyone he was Ace Ventura." —savannahg49c00dc63

    10. Will Smith at the airport

    "I met Will Smith at the Delhi airport. He was in a special customs line that was moving way quicker than the one that we mere mortals were in, so I didn’t think I was going to catch up with him. Our line ended up moving super quickly, so I went up to him and said, 'Hi, Mr. Smith, what are you doing in India?' Despite this being likely the dorkiest thing he had ever heard, he said, 'You know, just chillin.'" —hendrix822

    11. Fabio in a supermarket

    fabio and a small child

    "Ran into Fabio coming out of a bathroom at an organic market in Seattle. Of course I made him hold my baby for a photo op." —kristib4059a075e

    12. Fergie at 7-Eleven

    "I met Fergie in a 7-Eleven… She got me a Slurpee!" —turtlefrog12

    13. André 3000 at the orthodontist's office

    outkast in a ortho office

    "I was there to get my braces off. The assistants talked about him the whole time they had their hands in my mouth. When they were done taking my braces off I went to the front desk to do some paperwork. He was there to get his son braces. He was very pleasant and was glad to take pictures with anyone who wanted to. I walked out of there with a better smile and a story about I met André 3000 at my orthodontics clinic." —k46f503b4f

    14. Tyra Banks at an amusement park

    "I met Tyra Banks in line at an amusement park. Everyone kept coming up to her asking her if she was Tyra Banks. I kept quiet and pretended I didn’t notice who she was. In line, me and Tyra talked about the other rides and she even said she liked my glitter makeup and that I was pretty. As a chubby teen that always stuck with me." —lucindahaas

    15. Paul Rudd on a historical tour

    "When I was six I went to the Vanderbilt mansion with my family. Paul Rudd happened to be in the same tour. It was just us and Paul Rudd. To be polite, my parents pretended we didn’t know who he was. We stood next to Paul Rudd and looked at antique toilets for a few hours." —tem1163

    16. Janice Dickinson at Target

    janice giving a thumbs up in a target

    "I once met Janice Dickinson at a Target in Somerville, Massachusetts. I actually heard her before I saw her and sort of followed her through the women’s department so I could confirm that it was her. I stopped her and we chatted and she posed for a couple pictures. She was so sweet and warm. A tour de force of energy and opinion. She picked out a couple shirts for me and told me I should buy them (they were snap-front flannels) but I didn’t like the color of them so I passed. I told her I would buy them though. So I guess don’t tell her?" —ncammorata

    17. Robin Williams while snowboarding

    "I was putting my snowboard boots on and Robin Williams sat next to me putting his on too. I was 14 at the time and only knew him as Mrs. Doubtfire. I whispered to my mum, 'Mum, it’s Mrs. Doubtfire.' He started laughing and talking to me in Mrs. Doubtfire’s voice and quoting from the movie and then doing voices and quotes from his other movies. It was such a surreal moment and he was a super nice guy." —bm22

    18. Amy Schumer during an engagement photo shoot

    "Our engagement photos in Central Park on an oddly warm day in February 2016. Amy Schumer walked by with her boyfriend Ben and asked if we were doing an engagement shoot and if she could join! We ironically saw Trainwreck the day we got engaged, so this is a sweet memory." —swalijeski

    19. Chris Kirkpatrick at Subway

    "Chris Kirkpatrick was in front of me at Subway in Orlando. He ended up ordering the same thing I did. As he was checking out I said, 'Hey Chris, you ordered the same thing as me. Guess we're N'Sync with each other.' He didn't find it as funny as the Subway worker and I did." —Lee Daintry on Facebook

    20. Keith Urban at the movie theater

    keith urban in a movie theater

    "I was in line at a movie theater waiting to buy popcorn and Keith Urban was behind me. He was so incredibly nice about taking a picture with me." —shandialisa

    21. Tom Cruise cutting everyone in line

    "I was waiting in line for a roller coaster with my dad in Vegas and we were up next when this private party came out from the other side. People started cheering and screaming, but I was just pissed that they cut in line. Turns out it was Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise laughed at me when he overheard me asking my dad 'Who the heck is Tom Cruise and why is he so important?!' (I was ten at the time)." —k45b7dd755

    22. Harrison Ford on a random mountain in Idaho

    "My family is from Idaho, where there are a lot of skiing and hiking spots in the mountains. My grandpa was hiking one day in an area that wasn’t very popular with tourists and ran across Harrison Ford going the opposite direction down the hiking path. He used to tell the story saying he only saw one person that day and it was Harrison Ford. He greeted him, said hi, shook his hand, had a short conversation, and went on his way. I always thought it was so random and funny that he just happened to stumble across Harrison Ford while hiking in the mountains of Idaho of all places." —abigailmarie

    23. Louis Tomlinson at a froyo shop

    a creep shot of louis t in a yogurt shop

    "I met Louis Tomlinson while he was in an alley smoking. He ended up burning a fan who got to close with his cigarette. My friend followed him to a frozen yogurt shop and got this sick photo of me sobbing with him." —graceodonn

    24. Michael Keaton at some old lady's house

    "When I was a baby, my mom was a home health care nurse. One day, the babysitter bailed and she had to take me with her to this little old lady’s house. While I was at the little old lady's house, Michael Keaton walked in. Apparently the little old lady had been his neighbor growing up and he wanted to stop and say hi. Well, he saw me, picked me up, I smiled at him, and then peed all over him. He laughed it off and was really nice about it. Now I can say I peed on Batman." —scaseber24

    25. Terry Crews at Costco

    "I met Terry Crews at a Costco once. He was holding some sausages and seemed a bit lost." —gonzalezt430

    26. Selena Gomez at Walgreens

    "I met Selena Gomez at a Walgreens buying tampons while she was filming for Spring Breakers." —jessicaant51

    27. Joe Jonas at a bar

    joe jonas in a bar

    "I met Joe Jonas at a barcade in my home town. He played lots of fighting games and was super nice." —noellenajera

    28. Jon Bon Jovi at Home Depot on Christmas Eve

    "When I was a senior in high school, my mom sent me out searching for a wreath on Christmas Eve at Home Depot. I waited to check out behind a guy buying a power saw, which I thought was a little weird. I got called to the other line as he lifted his shades to sign for his purchase. Then I saw it was Jon Bon Jovi. I tried not to stare as I went to the other register. I ran out to my car like the awkward teenager that I was, and turned it on to warm it up. My stereo started blasting a Bon Jovi mix CD already sitting in my CD player (hi, I’m a Jersey girl). I scraped some frost off my window, and he got into the car next to me. He winked at me and said Merry Christmas before getting into the car. That was the best Christmas Eve ever… but I still want to know why he needed a power saw on Christmas Eve." —kailynna

    29. George Takei at a Chinese restaurant

    "In 1996 when I was 13, I met George Takei at a Chinese restaurant. My friends and I were alone celebrating our 8th grade graduation (parents were around the corner at another restaurant) and none of us could remember his name, only 'Captain Sulu.' When he stood up, he smoothed his suit and said, 'I feel energized' while smiling at me. I had no words, just a big goofy smile." —hintofsuspense

    30. Spike Lee on the street

    "A few years ago I was walking through Midtown Manhattan and slammed into a short-ish man. The first thing I see is his shirt, which is of an enormous picture of Spike Lee. I look up to see who is wearing this special shirt, and of course, it's Spike Lee himself. He laughed at my confusion and kept walking." —Amanda Anderson on Facebook

    31. Dr. Oz during heart surgery

    "Dr. Oz was one of the lead doctors for my mom's heart surgery, so I met him right before the procedure. My mom's doing great now!" —akaganator3000

    32. Diane Keaton at a fort in Sacramento

    diane smiling

    "I’m a fourth grade teacher in California and I go on a field trip every year to Sacramento to tour the capital city. The best year was when I arrived at Sutter’s Fort for the last stop of the day with my students. I’m walking around the dusty and empty park when all of a sudden, Diane Keaton walked right past me! I caught up to her and told her I’m a big fan and it’s such a surprise to see her here while on our field trip! I asked her, “What brings you to Sutter’s Fort?” And she said “Oh, I just love the fort!!” She was so kind to take a picture and thank us for being teachers!" —thatsallies20

    33. Dot-Marie Jones at a friend from high school's wedding

    "Met Dot Marie Jones (Coach Bieste on Glee) at a friend from high school’s wedding. She was the officiant and my son was the ring bearer. I still text her and her wife sometimes. Really cool people!" — msurquhart

    34. Alton Brown at a Publix

    "Met Alton Brown at Publix. I hid my cart first because I didn't want him to see the groceries I was getting." —patricks27

    35. Mel Gibson at a random wedding

    mel gibson and the bride

    "I was getting some pictures taken right before my wedding and in the middle of the photo shoot Mel Gibson walked by, complimented my dress, and asked me to ditch my fiancé and go with him. He also photobombed me and my mom!" giulianav3

    36. Owen Wilson in Rome

    Owen Wilson at an airport in Rome. I was with my college study abroad group. One of our guys said, “Hi, are you Owen Wilson?” He just goes, “Yep.”


    37. Dave Grohl on an elevator

    "Dave Grohl in a hotel elevator in Nashville. All he told us is that he met Carrie Underwood that day." —kzich84

    38. Adam Sandler at a jazz festival

    a adam sandler selfie

    "I met Adam Sandler at a jazz festival near Pepperdine in California." —lisamaki50

    39. Monica Lewinsky in the '90s

    "I met Monica Lewinsky in Paris in the late 90s at the height of the media frenzy. My friend and I sat next to her, her mom, and grandpa in a café. She asked us loads of questions about living in Paris and studying there. Super friendly!" —anna81shinjuku

    40. Shaq at a rest stop in Wyoming

    "When I was about 14, my family went on a vacation cross country in an RV. We stopped at a gas station in Wyoming and I went in for snacks. Next thing you know, I walk into a brick wall of a person. I look up only to realize that Shaq basically stepped on me. He was really apologetic and kind about it. My family refused to believe me until they saw him themselves out in the parking lot." —deartoxichoney

    41. The cast of Jackass at Applebee's

    the guys from jackass at an applebees

    "I met them at the Applebees in Orlando while they were filming the Jackass movie. They were all really nice and we exchanged phone numbers. We ended up hanging out for a few days while filming. They even came with me to a local bar." —imashes

    42. O. J. Simpson and Nicole Brown at a movie theatre

    "I met OJ Simpson and his then girlfriend Nicole Brown in South Lake Tahoe standing in a movie line to see Star Wars. I didn’t recognize him at first, but was too mesmerized by beautiful Nicole. Next to the theater was a McDonalds, and OJ turned to us and offered to go get fries for everyone. Only then did I recognize him. My date at the time had no idea who he was and was more concerned with me looking over Nicole." —josephbornino

    43. Emma Thompson at a bakery in NYC

    emma thompson in nyc

    "I met Emma Thompson at a bakery in NYC. I legit forgot her name and kept calling her Nanny McPhee trying to figure it out. So embarrassing 😭 "— jhrphotodesign

    44. Amy Sedaris at the vet

    "I met Amy Sedaris at a local vets office. I was there for my cat and she was there with her bunny. Super nice lady, she chatted with me for an hour while waiting for her car service." —rachelbethh

    45. Michael Jackson going door to door as a Jehovah's Witness

    "Michael Jackson knocked on my mother’s door in the '80s back when he was a Jehovah’s Witness. My mom loves to tell that story." —akatb720

    46. Kid Rock at Target

    "I was in Target once and I was looking at a rack of men’s pajama bottoms. I look across the rack and there was Kid Rock. I laughed out loud and walked away." —anneu2

    47. And Snoop Dogg on an elevator

    snoop in an elevator

    "I met Snoop Dogg in an elevator at LAX. He was with an assistant and we asked if we could take a picture with him. The assistant said that Snoop wasn’t able to take pictures at the moment. My uncle chimed in and said he was going to break our hearts. Snoop said, 'Snoop don’t break any girls hearts!' We got a picture outside the elevator 😆 "—travelingskiier

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