I didn't meet Allen Iverson, my mom did but this seems relevant to this thread. My family would frequent Atlantic City during my childhood. My mom loved to play the game 3 card poker and had a favorite table she would always play at Bally's. Well she went to play one day and saw that it was blocked by security guards because low and behold, my favorite basketball player Allen Iverson was using it. She sat at the next table and casually struck up a conversation with one of the security guards. She talked to him on and off for an hour and mentioned to him that her son was a huge fan of AI. The bouncer saw her with a pen and cocktail napkin and looked in the opposite direction. My mom approached AI and asked if she could get his autograph for her son who was a huge fan. He told her "get the f_ck away from me you f_cking bitch". I threw away his Jersey I owned the next day and have hated the 76ers ever since. (Source)
Well, I've had two completely different experiences with famous people. First was Vince Vaughn. I was having breakfast with my parents in downtown Chicago and he happened to be filming part of "The Dilemma" in a building directly behind the restaurant. I walked around the back to cut over to the next street to get the car and he came out to walk to his limo. Now, I've heard plenty about how celebrities can be cantankerous about fans mobbing them and geeking out, so I decided to play it cool and just give him a "Nod" when I walked past him. I nodded, he replied with "F_ck off." What an asshole. The more positive experience I had was in Vail back in, oh, I think it was 2002. I was there with a few friends to ski during Winter break and walked out on the back porch to smoke a joint. The dude next to us came out to drink a beer at the same time. We exchanged pleasantries, I gave him a few drags off my smoke and just chatted. The other guy in the room came out for a smoke about this time. He asked me about my Slipknot shirt I was wearing and I told him, "Eh, just my second favorite band!" He asked what my favorite band was, told him it was Metallica and he kinda chuckled, looked at his buddy and said "Well, at least we're second to a legend!" Turns out it was Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor in the earlier days of Slipknot, so of course I didn't recognize them because they hadn't appeared without their masks at that point. They gave me a autographed copy of their first DVD and self titled album and were generally awesome guys. the next night we joined them for some beers and hamburgers. Totally awesome guys! (Source)
My friend was at a Slipknot show. Afterwards when she went to leave, someone had slashed her tires. She went back into the venue to call her parents (pre teens-having-cellphones). Shawn Crahan walked by, saw her with security crying while waiting for her parents to come get her and he gave her a couple hundred bucks from his pocket, told her he was sorry that happened at their show and invited her to hang backstage with the band until she got picked up. (Source)
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