Tuesday, April 15, 2008

'Celebrity' Harassment -- Gets Me Every Time

I just got back from a good friend's wedding in Tucson, AZ. Like with any wedding, one of its best features was the chance to catch up with many friends who were all in the same place at the same time for one of the few times since college. Of course, many funny stories and adventures ensued. Here is one of the funny stories:

A friend of ours went into a McDonald's and she saw "Jared," the Subway sandwich spokesperson who lost like 200 pounds or something on the now-famous Subway diet. After doing a double- and then a triple-take to ensure that it was indeed him, she walked up and said, "Excuse me, aren't you the Subway guy? What are you doing eating at a McDonald's?" to which he responded with a no holds-barred onslaught of vile obscenity/profanity.

I'm sure he's tired of getting those types of questions but I'm not sympathetic -- if he wanted, he could stop doing those commercials and posters. But this story just hits me from all angles, and for the past two days, it's caused me to begin laughing uncontrollably for what must seem to strangers to be no reason at all. There's the funny/interesting side of seeing someone famous in person, there's the gutsiness and the wit to go up and ask the question, and then there's also the inappropriateness of Jared's tirade inside a public restaurant.

Put it all together, and you've got one for the ages.

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