Submitted by UNKOWN in California.
Sometimes I feel like the only person on earth who doesn’t ooh and ahh when a celebrity is around. I don’t know why, but people really lose their minds when someone from television or in movies shows up where I work. Maybe I’m jaded because I’ve had so many bad experiences with these famous people. In my 2 years of waiting tables, I’ve waited on 9 or 10 “famous” people. I can remember but only 1 time I got some kind of awesome tip. The other times, the people were rude and tipped like an average Joe. See, the problem with that is the restaurant doesn’t have me treat these people like “normal” customers.
Once a famous person is spotted in your section, the manager will make you hand off your other tables to focus solely on the celebrity. Damn it if this doesn’t seem to cost me money each and every time. I can have 4 tables going then a celebrity walks in and I have to drop them. Well, if my average tip is $10-$20/table, this celebrity (or the restaurant) better look like tipping me $50+ for having to cater to this one person like they’re some kind of royalty. Problem is, that usually doesn’t happen.
Another thing that bothers me about celebrities is when they get spotted, they act one way, but if no one notices them, they act another. If the celebrity is not noticed by the other patrons in the restaurant, they’ll act cool and laid back. If they’re spotted, they start acting like the spoiled shits they usually are.
From the editor:
I used to work at a movie theater when I was in high school. I can relate to your story, in a way, because Al Copeland used to pop in, on occasion, after the last movie started playing. We would have to open a theater just for him. This would mean, instead of getting off at 11 or midnight, we’d get off at 1 or 2 AM because we couldn’t close up. We would have to make him fresh popcorn, etc. He wouldn’t even tip us kids for all this.