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23 Stories About Normal People Serving Celebs At Work

You've not lived until you've accidentally shouted at Eddie Redmayne.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the times they met celebrities while they were at work. We already heard a bunch of their best responses, but here are some more...

1. "I was doing work experience at a talent agency, and I was trying to open a door one-handed because I was on the phone to my mum. I was getting really frustrated and hadn't noticed there was someone behind me. Thinking I was alone, I shouted, 'I can't open this fucking door!' The man behind me kindly opened the door for me. When I realised it was Eddie Redmayne I hung up on my mum, freaked out, and ran away without saying thank you." — Abbie J-W, via Facebook

2. "I used to work at a Danskin, a women's sports store, and one time I sold some lavender leg warmers to Liza Minelli." — hollyskittlesb

3. "I was working at a cinema in California when a woman walked up with two kids and bought four tickets to see Wall-E. When I said, 'Enjoy your movie!' she replied, 'Do you know who Clint Eastwood is?' I replied, 'Of course I know who he is!' She said, 'He’s parking the car and I have his ticket. Can you make sure he’s let in?' 'Sure,' I said. Then my manager came over and told me to go take tickets at the door while someone else manned my register. I got to say, 'Welcome, Mr. Eastwood. Your family is inside already. Go on in.' Fun fact: My grandfather was his drill sergeant in WWII and Eastwood unsuccessfully tried to sue him for slander after an unauthorized biography was released with accusations of philandering." — davidr4bd118f20

5. "A few years ago I was working in admin and I was sent to a hotel to pick up a package that a client left behind. While I was waiting for the package, Ryan Seacrest walked up to the counter and started talking to me like we were old friends. Apparently he was there to do a press junket for American Idol. I ended up going back to work with the package, a free lunch, and a whole lot of American Idol gear: keychains, stickers, T shirts, a frisbee, and an autographed photo of Ryan and me. It was by far my coolest day at work ever!" — Kelly Mistalski, via Facebook

6. "Bill Nye the Science Guy came to the airport coffee shop I work at on the busiest day we'd ever had. Me and one other barista were alone, serving a line at least 50 people deep. Plus, I had already slipped on a massive soap spill in the back. I was stressed, pissed off, and I had soap on my uniform. And then Bill Nye showed up. He ordered a vanilla spice latte and I was so star struck that he had to repeat his order twice while I grinned like an idiot. He was super gracious and even left a massive tip. Awesome guy." — amishgirl281

7. "I was working at Frederick’s of Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd and one night we got a knock on the door after we had closed. It was Paula Abdul. She was rehearsing at the dance studio upstairs and needed high heels to practice in. We brought out a couple of pairs and she danced around our store testing them and telling us how she was going to be performing on American Idol, all while wearing a neck brace. I proceeded to give her a pep talk and when she said that she was nervous about what Simon would say I said something like, 'You tell Simon to turn his chair the other way when you perform. He doesn’t get to witness your awesome performance' which is not something I would normally say to anyone. She hugged us, asked us to watch Idol that week, paid with loose change from her purse, and left." — mandyjanice

9. "I work at a trampoline company and one time Wayne Rooney came in because his sons were attending a friend's birthday party. His kids were really cute, even though one of them repeatedly hit me with a pool noodle and made me lift him out of the foam pits. Wayne was lovely and thanked me for helping out his kids." — millieb448da1a60

10. "A good few years ago I was working in the local BP. It was lunchtime and we were invaded by girls from the nearby girls' school wanting to drive their fancy new Minis at every available opportunity. They're unusually annoying and loud, and this time they stood in the window shouting, 'Omg it's him!' I was busy serving customers and making drinks, so I just assumed it was their latest sixth-form crush. A moment later, Rupert Grint saunters over and pays for his fuel. Being a massive Harry Potter fan, it took all my energy to remain the tiniest bit professional. As he turned to go, I relaxed into a huge grin but then had to rein it in when the girl he was with wanted a Jelly Belly air freshener so he turned around to pay for that. When he eventually did leave, I had to excuse myself to go and squeal in the back room for a while. My manager thought I had lost it." — Margaret Jolly, via Facebook

11. "When I first started working at Waterstones I sold Nicholas Hoult a Maeve Binchy audiobook." — hannahs4acec99dd

13. "I was working at Starbucks in Boston and I was making Frappuccinos. As it was mid-June, I was pretty busy so I had been running around all day. I was sticky and in a bad mood. I passed a Frappuccino to a customer who asked for a straw. I was annoyed because the straws were maybe a foot to his left, so I just grabbed one and slid it across the counter in his direction before turning back to my blender. My co-worker immediately tapped my shoulder and shout-whispered, 'Why were you just a dick to Ben Affleck?' I had no idea it was him." — Jessquire Danger, via Facebook

14. "I work in a pharmacy in the UK and one time Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry came in for a prescription. They both had shades on so I didn’t recognise them. Thinking back, it was actually hilarious: Orlando Bloom was just sat there bossing Katy Perry around and telling her what to say while I looked for their prescription. She was giving me loads of names to look under (including Bloom, yes I know I’m clueless), while I was just getting irritated at them for not knowing the name the prescription was under. Eventually my manager took over. As they walked away, my manager whispered to me, 'Omg that was Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry.' Cue me stalking them around the shop and trying to build up the courage to ask for a picture." — tkxo

15. "Andy Serkis once came into the restaurant I work in. I’m such a massive fan that I couldn’t look at him for the whole two hours he was there. To top it off, I dropped his cutlery on his lap when I cleared his meal." — elliel4434e107e

17. "About four years ago, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds called my store asking for help with an issue they were dealing with. For a very short time, I had Ryan Reynold's phone number on a Post-It note. I really wish I'd kept it." — Cuimhne Stelan, via Facebook

18. "I accidentally told Derren Brown to fuck off when I worked at the Apple Store. He guessed my name so I freaked out and told him to fuck off with his mind demon powers before he smirked and nodded towards my name badge." — Alex Anderson, via Facebook

19. "My roommate and I worked for a temp agency in Dallas and we did a lot of catering. A couple years ago, the Dallas presidential library opened up and we were asked to help bartend for George Bush and his family. Obviously we said yes. Now, George Bush drinks a special non-alcoholic beer that's imported from another country. It even needs a special bottle opener to even open it. I was tasked with carrying the sacred bottle opener, but after hours of working he still didn’t come up to request his beer. I eventually took my half-hour lunch break and took the precious cargo with me. As luck would have it, George Bush walked up to the bar when I was gone and asked my roommate for his imported non-alcoholic beer. Since she couldn't find the bottle opener, she took the beer and started banging its top lid on the bar counter corner in an attempt to open it. He stared at her blankly for a few minutes and then walked away without saying anything. He didn’t approach the bar again that day." — backtonature

21. "I worked at a movie theater, and made Tobey Maguire show me his ID to get into an R rated movie because I didn’t recognize him. When I realised who he was, I had to pretend I still had no idea who he was to play it cool. He was taken aback, but very nice about it." — Alyssab1987

22. "Amanda Seyfried came into the coffee shop I used to work in. I made her a coffee and she even complimented me on it! When I asked if it was her, she said, 'No but I get that a lot.' Two days later she posted a photo on Instagram where she was obviously in the same small town. It was totally her." — Kenzie Masterson, via Facebook

23. "I was working at a theatre café trying to get through the usual rush before the show started when I realised I was serving Sir Ian McKellen! I kept my cool and was disappointed to learn that the guy who was in the bar with me didn't know who he was! We both loved Ian's Ugg boots though." — Niki Moo Lee, via Facebook

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