These People Encountered Celebrities in Bizarrely Normal Places


Tom Hanks at Best Buy. He was in line in front of me with a cart full, all by himself. I was only buying a bottle of water because they didn’t have what I was looking for. I just blurted out ”Forest Gump is my favorite movie” like a creep, and he turned around, and said “that was my favorite movie to make! I’m glad you love it.” He then chatted with me while about movies as we stood in line. When it was his turn to check out while they were ringing up his stuff he said “oh let me get that water for you” and paid for my water. He kept talking to me and then we walked out and he said “nice talking to you! You’re a very nice young lady and always remember… life is like a box of chocolates.. you never know what your gonna get” in his Forest Gump voice. IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER.


I work at a tiny movie theatre in Dallas and my manager told me a story. One night, Weird Al randomly came in and went to the bar that we have. He came out of the bar and into the theatre side to use the restroom. He asked my manager where the restroom was and pointed him down the hall. Now, in that hall, you have to pass a janitor’s closet before you get to the men’s room and as Weird Al walked down the hallway, he opened the janitor’s closet door, looked inside for a second, looked back at my manager, gave an enthusiastic thumbs up and proceeded to act like he was taking a piss in the closet.


I ran into Jamie Foxx at a Wal-Mart in Green Valley, Arizona on Thanksgiving Day, 2010. I asked as discretely as possible if I could shake his hand, and he was cool. He got swarmed shortly thereafter and left. Funny part- I was a Mormon Missionary at the time. White shirt, tie, name tag and everything haha. My companion at that time happened to be black, and when Jamie saw him, he said, “Oh shit, they got a brother.” Pretty hilarious.


I was at a dive bar I frequented one night and this guy chatted me up for about 15 minutes. The topic oddly turned to his love for cats, then he left. Not two seconds after he left someone else sitting at the bar said, “Uh, you know that was Jason Statham, right?” I was a bit surprised because he spoke with an American accent, but it did look like him. I later read that he was in town during that time, but I’ll never know for sure if it was him.

Written by Alex Cogen

Alex is a New Yorker currently living in Austin. She loves cats, grass, and latex but unfortunately is allergic to all 3. She makes mom and dad jokes more than she cares to admit (jk she'll admit it loud and proud). She isn't as funny as she thinks she is. She is the founder of