Celebrities, they are absolutely nothing like us in restaurants! Well some of them are really friendly, but others are so bizarre. Which ones are which? Keep reading to find out! Content has been edited for clarity!
"I live at the Jersey Shore, so we all have our share of Bruce Springsteen stories, but this one is kind of embarrassing for me, since I am such a huge fan. So this guy walks into the bagel store I'm working at. I immediately turn to my coworker and say, 'Doesn't that guy look JUST like Bruce Springsteen?'
I'm not sure why I didn't think it could actually be him, since he only lives a few towns over. My coworker grew up in the Philippines and had no idea who he was, which she proclaimed out loud. I went on a crazy rant talking about how awesome he is and what he means to New Jersey and how much I love him. He heard this entire conversation. It's a very small store. Bruce Springsteen then came up to my clueless coworker and said, 'Your coworker is messing with ya! He's also an actor, and he won a few Oscars, actually!'
Bruce was cracking up at this point. My coworker and I were talking to Bruce Springsteen, about Bruce Springsteen, and he was giving my clueless coworker fake info to tease her! Keep in mind, I didn't realize that this man was the real Springsteen, I just thought he was a lookalike. I was correcting him about his own life! It was such a surreal encounter! But it was definitely him. A regular customer came in afterwards and confirmed this for us. I could not believe it. My sister has actually served him at a nearby bar several times, and he always left her an excellent tip. Turns out my family is weirdly familiar with Bruce Springsteen, at least more than the average person!"
"I served the Dalai Lama at a greek restaurant up here in Binghamton, New York, back in August of 1999. I'm fully serious. It was during a dinner service, and suddenly all of these vans pulled into the parking lot. Several Buddhist Monks and about twenty other people came in as a group. Religious groups make for notoriously bad tables. Usually, you have a ton of people, nearly all of them only having coffee or a cookie. It is a lot of work with little reward, and don't get me started on the tips! So, when this group came in, waitresses started hounding me to take the group. I begrudgingly agreed. Me and one other waitress took the entire party of twenty-five people into one dining room (the restaurant has three of them) for the two of us to cover. When the group came in, I was pulled aside by one of the monks, who told me, 'When dinner is served, you must serve the monks first, and you must not make eye contact with his Holiness.'
Now, it never, NEVER occurred to me that this could possibly be THE Dalai Lama. So, naturally, the first thing I did was look him in the eye when I took his drink order. It was a non-eventful meal. They actually ate very well, and I did notice that the room would go silent when ‘His Holiness’, the monk at the head of the table, spoke. After they left, we realized they had even double-tipped! They were told their group would get hit with the gratuity on the check. They also left a cash equivalent on the table.
Anyway, a day or two later, my boss excitedly pulled me into the bar. 'LOOK!' he said, pointing to the TV. There, speaking to a congregation of hundreds of thousands of people in New York’s Central Park, was the Dalai Lama. All of those monks in front of him? THAT was my table!"
"I served Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of the band 'Weezer', lunch in Vancouver in 1997. He was with a bandmate and some girls, and they were in town to open for 'No Doubt' on a stadium tour. I waited until they were done eating to tell them how much I loved their records, and they asked if I was going to the show. I told them no because it was pretty expensive, and I honestly hated No Doubt, To me, it just wouldn't be worth the cost for a forty minute Weezer opening set in a hockey arena. He understood and we started talking about what they should do for the day. I drew them a map of some cool local stuff to do, and he thanked me and they left. I see him talking to his bandmate outside and then run back in to restaurant. He comes up to me and says, 'Give me two names,' so I give him my name and my girlfriend's name. He simply replies, 'See you tonight.'
So I get home that night, tell my girlfriend the story, and she's skeptical that they will even remember who I was. I remind her we have nothing better to do and nothing to lose, so we head out to the venue. I get to the window, give our names, and the lady pulls out two laminated passes. She instructs us to enter through the backstage entrance. We literally walked straight into Gwen when we hit the green room. We didn't see the Weezer guys backstage, but when they announced '5 minutes to showtime', we asked if we could go down front. Somebody ushered us to the very front row, and Weezer opened the concert right in front of us. It was beyond awesome. The End."
"I have served several celebrities, and most of have been very nice people. You generally don't get far in a public facing role by being a terrible person in public. The notable exception to all of that is Hugh Hefner. I don't know what he's like on mansion grounds, but he is not pleasant to be around in a fine dining restaurant. He came in on multiple occasions, and each time was worst than the time before. Let's go through everything I found wrong about him in these events.
His party was double the size of the reservation, and his security staff had to eat in the table storage area, which still felt rather demeaning for them. His security staff demanded that the ten person party be led through a small kitchen area, so they could leave via the back exit. That one made sense, but it wasn't really necessary based on how empty our restaurant was that evening. He reached into a roll basket while the server had in in their hands. This also happened while the server was talking to another party. This is disgusting and resulted in the rolls and basket being thrown out. Frankly, I would rather not have Hefner's hands all over my food. He can't hold onto his utensils. Not a big deal, if I live to be his age, holding utensils will definitely not be a skill I possess. We kept having to bring more silverware to the table because he kept dropping the utensils on the ground. Hugh Hefner likes PDA, like a lot. As in several times per course. One of waitstaff joked that maybe his bunnies were chewing his food for him like mother birds.
Hefner did not follow normal eating conventions. This is a big deal for an experienced fine dining server. A good server generally knows how long each course takes a normal person to finish. That is why you think they're secretly watching you to know the exact moment you've finished. He stopped eating his main course five minutes after it was delivered, stared at it for twenty, and yelled at the busser who offered to take it away. Maybe that was this sort of 'alpha male' attitude. Maybe he was establishing his dominance in public? Even so, that was still a pretty terrible move for someone who was just trying to do their job. Sorry to burst your bubble about the classiest of smut peddlers, but something tells me that at this point, he was either too old or too delusional to care about normal society. Entitled, demanding people come with the job in a fine dining establishment, and we deal with them happily, if they tip well. He was just more demanding and weird than his tip justified."
"So I used to manage this sort of fast casual restaurant. It was always quite slow on Sundays due to its location. It had only been myself and another server, pretty much just trying to run out the clock until we could lock up. Unfortunately, that was still several long hours away. My server was taking her break, so it was just me working behind the line, when this woman walks in by herself, carrying a few bags from the nearby Neiman Marcus store. I couldn't help thinking to myself how much this woman looked like Cameron Diaz, but it obviously couldn't have been her, because why the heck would Cameron Diaz be in Minneapolis randomly?! She asked what soups we had, and I offered her a sample. When I mentioned that our house soup contained pasta, she quickly exclaimed how much she loves pasta and her eyes lit up with excitement. I keep analyzing her face, trying to find some sort of distinguishing mark so I could be like, 'Oh, she'd look like Cameron Diaz, but she has a different nose,' or something along those lines. I could not find anything, even her smile was spot-on, but come on, why would she come into my restaurant?! In the meantime, a friend of mine who worked nearby walks up in the middle of my assisting the woman. I got this woman a bowl of the soup and rang her up. She was super friendly throughout the entire transaction. And she even threw a couple bucks in the tip jar for a $5 bowl of soup. Then I help my friend and go sit down to bother him. I sat down and told my friend, 'Wow, I can't shake how much that woman looks EXACTLY like Cameron Diaz!'
He explained to me that when he walked up, he said something along the lines of, 'Good Afternoon, Ms. Diaz. How are you today?'
I guess she smiled and responded that she was doing well, and even asked my friend how he was doing. She sat and finished her soup by herself, and even cleaned up her table (which is more than what half of the patrons at the restaurant usually did) and went along her merry way. It turns out she was dating A-Rod at the time and the Yankees were in town, which explains why the heck she would be in Minneapolis. It turns out that Cameron Diaz is actually as smiley and friendly as you would expect!"
"I have served so many celebrities in my brief time as a waiter, so I'll just go through each one and how they really act when the cameras aren't rolling. Let's talk about Selena Gomez. She wouldn't really look at me, and when she did, it was very quickly. She was friendly, but to the point, usually responding with, 'No thank you, thank you, I'm fine,' or something similar. She tipped me 20% and left just as quickly. My sister was a die hard fan and of her, and I really wanted to ask her for a picture, but since she was kind of quiet, I didn't feel right bothering her while she was eating.
Wayne Brady was insanely nice to me and my coworker. He was so charming! He tipped way over 20% and was just so down to earth. Ashley Simpson was really nice to me, but she didn't talk much and barely looked at me. I have heard horror stories about her family, but they were all really nice to me as well. I was told to stay away from her father, as he tips horribly and is apparently insanely rude. I was also told to try and avoid interacting with him altogether, as he'll talk down to you like you were a servant, and you should feel lucky to be next to his table. I don't actually know if this is true. They were nice to me and I brought them their chips, but they were still pretty reserved.
When Jay Leno showed up at our restaurant, he arrived in a wood burning vehicle, which caught on fire right in front of our restaurant. His friend, who he was traveling with, ran inside for a bucket of water. He grabbed water and tried to help them. I felt bad for Jay Leno, because people kept trying to get pictures with him AS his car was burning and smoking. He even stopped and took pictures while this was all happening. It was surreal. That's all I can think of for now, but there are a ton more I have served. It was rare I had a good section, so I didn't always get the celebrity tables. And there were quite a few that I just didn't know they were a celebrity because they were from some old show I didn't remember, or from reality shows I didn't watch, or old bands or whatever."
"I used to be a barista at coffeeshop and bakery back in the day. Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock came into the store around Christmas a few times. She would always order a venti blended (half skim, half whole milk) latte. She was fairly regular, very nice, quiet, and stunning. She was just absolutely gorgeous in person. Then she came in with Ryan Gosling one night, and I was wearing a really silly halo for our Holiday Kids Charity Drive. At first, I heard the door open and laughter, but we were slammed, so I didn't look up. Then when they got to order, I realized who they were and thought, 'Uh oh, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling were just laughing at me.'
You could see that Ryan was laughing in his eyes, but his face betrayed nothing while he ordered. They sat in the corner and made out while they were waiting for their drinks.
Alfre Woodard was a regular as well at one point. I never really bothered her, but she was the nicest lady in the world. I would always just talk to her like anybody else, and she would buy all of the little items that we had at the register. Then one day (the same holiday time of year, so I was wearing the silly looking halo) she came. Somebody made a comment about recognizing her but not placing it. Then she said she was an actor, and this was the last time she would be in the store. She signed some autographs for us, and made mine out to the 'Coffee Fairy.' I definitely looked like fairy who's day job was in a coffeeshop."
"This took place in the summer of 1986. Billy Joel and his then wife, supermodel Christie Brinkley, walk into the restaurant that I am working at. The hostess that day was a teenage student from Ireland, who was visiting the United States for the summer. She had absolutely no idea who the two of them were. When the asked to be seated, the hostess treated them like anyone else in a trendy restaurant at the beach on long island on a busy summer day. She told them it would be a thirty to forty-five minute wait. Surprisingly, the couple waited and didn't put up a huge fuss about the process. They didn't actually pull a 'don't you know who we are?' with any of the staff members. At one point, the hostess runs back into the kitchen, points to the couple, and asks us, 'What is that gorgeous woman doing with such an ugly guy?!'
This was a very busy beachside restaurant, and a lot of celebrities would come dine here on a regular basis. Everyone had to wait. Occasionally a famous someone would leave instead of waiting for a table, but I don't remember anyone making a scene. This was a popular restaurant, so the celebrities knew just what they were getting into!"
"So I got to serve Snoop Dogg about ten years ago at 'Islands', this local burger joint. He tried to order a Dom Pérignon, which we definitely did not have in stock, so instead he settled for a Sprite. The restaurant that I worked at didn't have any fancy beverages like what Snoop was looking for. Snoop was visiting with three other girls. I could not understand a word that this man said, but he still managed to order two meals of himself. The girls had to do all of the 'translating' for him. Overall, Snoop was very polite and nice. He would even sign some autographs for a few of the kids who were there, as well as for my star-struck manager. I felt a little bad for him, because he clearly just wanted to have dinner, and people were bombarding him.
Snoop Dogg tipped about 20% from what I remember. Honestly, I don't think that celebrities should feel obligated to tip outrageously. If the waiter or waitress did a nice job, then tip accordingly. If the celebrity is feeling nice, then they can tip more! That restaurant I worked for was honestly pretty great. The company-wide softball tournaments were so awesome! That was actually the cleanest restaurant that I ever worked for!"
"Back in the day, I was working as a manager at this popular downtown eatery, and I get a call that I should come over to the cash registers. I walked over, expecting someone to need change or the customer being unable to pay. I arrived, and the cashier pointed me out to one of the most imposing people I have ever seen standing at the entrance to the restaurant. I walk over, a little bit on edge, because this man looks like he could use one hand to crack my head like a walnut. I tell the man, 'Good evening, how can I help?'
His response? He told me, 'I am with Denzel Washington, can we have a table for six?'
So I look around but I can't see any other person nearby. But then he points at a group of people standing a little bit further, and after walking over, there is Denzel Washington. He comes over, greets me very politely, and asks me if it would be possible to get a table for six without any paparazzi finding out that he is at the restaurant. I organize a table in one of the corner areas, away from the main floor. He sits down ask for my name, and then we start talking about our drink selection and what drinks I really like. So I mention one of the bottles which I thought was really great, and in return he orders four bottles of it, tells me to drink one with the chefs at the end of the night, and leaves a $500 tip for the staff. He was the coolest guy ever, but he was very adamant that he would not sign any autograph. But it's okay we got to enjoy a very expensive bottle as a souvenir instead!"
Billy Corrigan, lead singer of 'The Smashing Pumpkins' got my friend fired from his job. Billy came into the restaurant we used to work at together and didn't even tip. My buddy saw him on the beach the next day and asked him why he hadn't tipped anything at all. Billy then literally proceeded to go back into that very same restaurant to complain about my friend. As a result, he got immediately fired. I waited on Nancy Kerrigan and her son. She split a meal with her son, and she was actually pretty friendly! I also waited on comedian John Lovitz and his family. He was a grumpy mean one alright. Once I waited on Charles Barkley as well, and he was super nice, good tipper, always respectful. My favorite customer was Alice Cooper. He used to come into the Olive Garden I worked at about once a week with his family. He was about the nicest guy you could imagine. His family was also really nice. They were all so down to earth.
I also once had the opportunity to wait on Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam is my favorite band, so I was totally star struck. I waited until after he was done eating, so as not be a bother. I just went up to him and said, 'Thanks man, I really appreciate you and your music.'
He made great eye contact and just said, 'Rock on, man!'
It was perfect!"
"I worked as a waiter in the middle of Hollywood from 1999 to 2001. I once served Quentin Tarantino, and he was the kindest, sweetest, and most hyperactive guy I ever came across. My coworker was telling me how Tarantino's career was basically washed up, but apparently Tarantino was in the middle of writing Kill Bill when I saw him! Tarantino kept coming to my restaurant while he was writing, and I actually ended up running into him everywhere around town until it became out running joke. He deserves every ounce of success.
I also served Carrie Anne Moss, who starred in the Matrix movies. Honestly I expected her to start levitating and bursting through the windows. She was quiet and very kind, but she had the most intense eyes! Renee Zellweger also came to my restaurant and place a massive takeout order for the entire film crew of whatever she was filming. She accidentally spilled the coffee she ordered on her hands, but she told me not worry about it while she cleaned herself up. She was so polite! I served actor Giovanni Ribisi, who was just as charismatic and intense as you would imagine him from his roles on screen. Clea Duval was also much more small in person, but she was able to fill the entire room with her presence. It was strange.
Finally, I was a waiter for Seth Macfarlane and one of his writer friends. The two of them were complaining about how they were having such a horrible time dealing with the constant rejections while trying to pitch a show. They were especially upset with the company politics at Nickelodeon and how they wouldn't accept a cartoon for adults. The project these two were working on turned out to be Family Guy, which is this insanely successful show now! It was so wild to see them on the cusp of such success!"