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    Tony Hawk Has Been Tweeting All Of His Awkward Encounters For Years, And It's Still Funny Every Time

    It really is funny every time.

    This is Tony Hawk.

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    It was important for me to clarify that, because apparently no one ever knows who he is:

    TSA agent (checking my ID): "Hawk, like that skateboarder Tony Hawk!" Me: exactly Her: "Cool, I wonder what he's up to these days" Me: this

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    For years now, Tony Hawk has been tweeting about times people have come up to him and told him he *looks familiar.*

    Guy approaches me while standing in line at coffee shop in Cancún. Him: my friend says you are a famous person. Is that true? Me: that depends on your definition of fame Him: will you show up on Google if I search your name? Me: yes Him (typing into phone): you are Tony Stark?

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    It happens at rental car agencies:

    At rental car agency, can’t find my name on the monitor to find my car, go inside & wait in line. Finally get to the front, agent sees me & says “you really are Tony Hawk” Me: um, yes. I was looking for my name outside on the list Him: “I deleted it because I thought it was fake”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    It happens at drive-thrus:

    Pulling up to drive-through window, girl starts to read back my order and stops herself: “you’re Tony Hawk?” me: yes her: “can I tell everyone?” me: I suppose her: “yo, we got Tony Hawk at the window!” voice from kitchen: “Who?”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    He's not safe at random paintball places:

    Returning paintball equipment after our son’s birthday bash. Girl collecting gear (looking down at list): “Last name?” me: Hawk her: “First name?” me: Tony her: “Haha, cool name!” me: Thanks! She looks up at me. I pause awkwardly. She looks back down. “Next!”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    He can't avoid it at NYC delis:

    In NYC, guy cutting meat at deli looks up with confusion: “you freaked me out, I thought you were that guy from the movie Ghost” me: Patrick Swayze? him: “No, his friend that betrays him”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    Everyone seems to think they know him:

    This interaction happens regularly (including yesterday): X = a person I don’t know XX = a city nowhere near San Diego “Hey Tony Hawk” Hello “You grew up skating with my friend X!” Where did he skate? “In XX!” I’m sorry, but I grew up in San Diego “Pretty sure it was you though”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    People confuse him for Tom Brady:

    guy at restaurant: "you famous?" me: I think that depends on who you ask him: "anyone ever tell you that you look like Tom Brady?" me: never

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    They think he's a YouTuber:

    Kid at skatepark (as I arrive): “you a good skater? me: sometimes him: you ever been here? me: no him: you travel a lot? me: yes, perhaps too much him: are you a YouTuber? me: no, I’m just a skater and a dad him: wanna see me do a jump? me: absolutely ..and I then shot this pic

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    From taxis in Paris...

    Stepping out of a taxi in Paris, trying to pay and organize kids / bags. Guy on sidewalk: “hey, you are a famous sports guy, I saw a video with you and @Casey Neistat!” me: yeah, he’s cool him “can I get a selfie & your name?” me: yes, it’s Tony him: “what’s your Instagram?”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    ... to Cure concerts in Greece...

    In Athens, Greece at a Cure concert, walk up to bar to order drinks. Guy next to me: “you gotta get in the back of that long line to buy drink tokens” me: ok thanks him: hey, you’re American! me: I am him: I know you but I don’t KNOW you me: It happens him: is your name Kelly?

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    ...to the ocean in Hawaii:

    Surfing in Hawaii, paddling out to the lineup. Guy paddling next to me: “anyone tell you that you look like Tony Hawk” Me (thinking he knows the meme): “yes, but you’re the first today” Him: “you should tell people you are and then sign his name, haha” His friend: “he’s real one”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    The man can't go anywhere without a "do you know you look like Tony Hawk?"

    At Disneyland with kids, waiting in line for churros. Girl in front of me: “you look like Tony Hawks” me: really? her: “yes” me: Is that good? her, nonplussed: “I guess so”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    It's never-ending:

    Approaching ticket counter, agent looks up and exclaims “I know you... you’re a famous... person... or sports guy... skateboarder! And your name is...” (glances at my ticket) “Anthony Hawkins!” me: close enough her: my son would love a picture with you me: Is he here? her: no

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    And it's unavoidable:

    Three different people boarding this plane - in three different ways - have told me that I look like Tony Hawk as they walked by my seat. My wife turned to me after the last one and said “you started it”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    It's also funny when they realize it's actually him:

    Kid at skatepark: “Are you Tony Hawk?” me: I am him: “no you’re not” me: ok, I’m not him: “but are you, FOR REAL?” me: I am, for real him: I thought you’d look younger me: ME TOO

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    Sometimes, it works to his advantage:

    Cashier #1: “Can I help you?” Me: How long would it take to get a turkey burger to go? Cashier #1: “About 5 minutes” Cashier #2: “Are you Tony Hawk?” Me: yes Cashier #1: “Do you want a turkey burger then?” Me: yes please, and an iced tea Cashier #1: “Can I get a name?”

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    Sometimes, it's just a little bit mean:

    I’m sorry if these encounters seem redundant... but they’re all true & this just happened. Sitting at gate, guy recognizes me, walks over & says hello. Guy next to me: “you’re Tony Hawk?” Me: yes Him: “I have seen any recent pictures of you. You’ve gotten older.” Me: it happens

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    Either way, I never get sick of the stories:

    at a Covid testing site (wearing masks), handing over paperwork for me & two of my kids: woman looking over papers: "okay... Anthony, Keegan and Kadence... Hawk? Are you guys related to Tony Hawk?" me: yes her: "Are you pulling my leg?" me: no, we are all directly related to him

    Twitter: @tonyhawk

    Keep it up, Brady!

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