There are times in life you just wish you had a guardian angel.
Maybe you’re stranded with a dead phone and no sense of direction. Perhaps you waited for far too long during grocery store rush hour, only to realize your wallet is at home after the line watched your cashier ring up dozens of things you didn’t really need in the first place. Or you finally sat on that chocolate ice cream spill you thought only ever existed in your nightmares.
Whatever the case, everyone knows how it feels when a helping hand is just totally out of reach.
Well, apparently, it’s closer in Canada.
Snow is no stranger to Canadians, but that doesn’t make navigating through it each year while life moves on at a normal pace any easier.
So when the word got out this year that there would be even more snowfall than usual, hearts fell across the famously white winterland. And some of those good hearts knew they couldn’t sit by and let others suffer to reach those jobs that keep the mechanism of our society well-oiled. Yes, we’re talking about hospital workers.
Earlier this week, over 100 Vancouver locals resolved to offer up their snow-safe vehicles to those dedicated workers who were struggling to make the long, cold journey to their long, hard hospital shifts around town.
It’s not the first time these snow angels have appeared; back in 2019, more heavy snow saw the driving angels pop up around town and help out where they could. When they received so much positive feedback, they resolved to strengthen their efforts. Because it’s selfless acts like these that keep communities healthy and happy.
“[Staffers at Victoria General Hospital] have patched me up a hundred times,” volunteer driver Shelby Newcombe told CTV News. “They also delivered my little boy here, and I was also born here, so it is nice to give back to them.” And on top of offering up their vehicles, many of them are even going a step further, according to Newcombe: donating money for gas and treats like banana bread, which seem to be a big hit.
45 People Describe Uncomfortable Encounters They Had With Celebrities
Tim Curry’s Crab Cakes
The wonderful Tim Curry has starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Stephen King’s It miniseries as Pennywise the clown. The expressive English actor is beloved by many, so it’s understandable that you’d lose your cool a little if you saw him out and about.
This hilarious story has Tim Curry buying dozens of boxes of crab cakes from Costco. When it’s clear that a family is staring at him, Curry gives a death stare, prompting the dad to loudly declare his love for shellfish.
Bam! It’s Bam Margera
Skateboarder Bam Margera was all over our screens in the early 2000s, starring in MTV’s Jackass and Viva la Bam. The star is known for his outlandish family, and his willingness to participate in all manner of dangerously stupid pranks and stunts. Because of this, we’re not too surprised by the celebrity’s behavior in this story.
At a Spencer’s Gifts shop, one of Margera’s team wanted the store closed down and was yelling at a staff member. Enter Bam Margera’s fist, and the problem is over. Nice that he apologized for his staff member’s behavior, though.
Alicia Silverstone’s Toilet Needs
The star of teen comedy Clueless, Alicia Silverstone is probably used to getting her own way. As queen bee Cher Horowitz, Silverstone pranced through high school in a yellow tweed suit and rolled her eyes while flicking her fluffy pen. The actress was a teen idol due to her appearance in three Aerosmith videos, and played Batgirl in Batman & Robin.
All this to say, we’re not surprised the actress barged into a bathroom and kicked someone off the toilet. She’s Alicia Silverstone!
Prince Versus the King
This story is more about Prince’s obnoxious manager than the musical icon himself, but staff members for celebrities are basically proxies for their employers. Anyway, in a large electronics store, the “Purple Rain” singer’s manager cut in front of numerous other shoppers and demanded to be served.
Obviously, not everyone is impressed by celebrity credentials, because this Redditor’s grandfather didn’t even know who Prince was. In fact, he even used his name to make a joke about being the King!
Spat on by Samuel L. Jackson
Actor Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most popular actors in the world. He’s starred in Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, and – as this post points out – Black Snake Moan. However, if this post is true, the actor needs to work on his table manners.
According to this Redditor, during a meal in Salt Lake City, the actor sneezed on a server’s arm and left a “chunk of phlegm” behind. Ew! We’re going to choose to believe that Mr. Jackson didn’t realize what he’d done.
Trolling Hillary Duff
In this Reddit celebrity story, a bunch of chefs torment child actress Hillary Duff while she eats dinner before a concert. The Lizzie Maguire actress was eating with her crew, and a chef begged to take her order. Once he got permission, this chef trolled Ms. Duff by pretending not to know her at all.
It’s not like we’re Hillary Duff fans or anything (though we do enjoy her 2009 single “Come Clean”), but we feel a little sorry for the star here.
Cursed Out by David Hasselhoff
OK, this celebrity encounter is really unpleasant, especially because it involves a grown man yelling at a little kid. This Redditor spotted The Hoff at the height of Baywatch mania when he was only seven or eight years old. He asked for an autograph, and was rudely dismissed by the TV personality, who told him to “beat it.”
Worse still, when the child stood speechless, Hasselhoff acted completely repulsed and swore at the child until he ran away. Seriously, this is such a bad look!
Surprise! It’s Patrick Stewart
With a career spanning six decades, Sir Patrick Stewart is synonymous with several iconic characters. He’s Captain Picard from Star Trek, Professor X from the X-Men franchise, and Stan’s boss, Avery Bullock, in American Dad (who knew?). At 80 years old, the actor clearly still has a youthful spirit, as you can see from this Reddit story.
A costume design college student was working late at night when the famed Shakespearean actor burst into the room and demanded to know who they were. Weird!
Almost Killed by Oprah
So far, composer John Williams and actor Michael Douglas are on our list of erratic celebrity drivers. Well, now we have a third, with “Queen of All Media,” Oprah Winfrey. According to this Reddit post, the talk show host and philanthropist came roaring out of nowhere and nearly hit a family trying to cross the street.
Unlike both Williams and Douglas, Winfrey didn’t seem particularly repentant about her behavior. In fact, she apparently yelled obscenities at the child she nearly hit. Eep!
Dissed by Mike Myers
It’s hard to believe that the same person that played Austin Powers also played Shrek, but alas, that’s Mike Myers. The Canadian actor made his feature film debut as the lead in comedy Wayne’s World, and played the lead in unintentionally creepy 2003 fantasy comedy, The Cat in the Hat.
According to this story, Mike Myers isn’t quite as friendly as some of his onscreen counterparts. In fact, the actor seems downright rude if this story is anything to go by.
Andy, Not Mickey, Rooney
Bear with us, because this entry is a strange one. At first glance, one might assume that this Redditor mistakenly wrote “Andy Rooney” rather than “Mickey Rooney.” After all, child star Mickey Rooney was close friends with Judy Garland and found superstardom in a series of musicals alongside the actress.
But no, this story is about someone’s grandfather beating up American radio and TV writer Andy Rooney in order to get a date with Judy Garland. We have further questions, but we suspect there are no answers.
Shushing Eva Longoria
We complete our list with the wonderful Eva Longoria, dubbed “Diva Longoria” by this Redditor. Apparently, while working on a movie, the Desperate Housewives actress kept talking during filming, prompting this Redditor to shush her and shoot her an angry scowl.
The Over Her Dead Body star didn’t like that very much and responded by tossing her sandwich at the person. Hey, why should shooting a movie stop Eva Longoria from chatting? Don’t you guys know who she is?
Marilyn Manson in a Headlock
Brian Hugh Warner – better known as Marilyn Manson – is an industrial metal and shock rock entertainer, known for his image and stage persona. We have to say we’re disappointed with Mr. Warner’s behavior in this story, where he outright ignores someone’s polite compliment and request.
In this post, an elevator ride with the musician turns tense when he ignores a request for an autograph. Unfortunately for him, the autograph requester was a wrestler, who promptly put Manson’s bodyguard in a headlock.
Kiefer Sutherland’s Lack of Manners
Best known for his role as Jack Bauer in drama series 24, Kiefer Sutherland is a British-born Canadian actor with a fine acting pedigree. Sutherland’s father, Donald, is also a prolific actor, and his mother, Shirley, was an actress and activist.
Judging from this Reddit story, Sutherland has let fame go to his head, and thinks it’s alright to snap and curse at employees. The worker in this story was just being polite, and received an extremely nasty response to “Have a good day.”
The Twinkling Henry Winkler
The ever twinkling Henry Winkler started off as Fonzie from Happy Days and has been working ever since. Now in his 70s, the actor is still going and is a main cast member of the Monsters Inc TV series spin-off, Monsters at Work.
Henry Winkler is his charming self in this Reddit story, where he strolled up to a child and asked if he should order a bagel. Understandably, this was very frightening for a child with no knowledge of Happy Days.
Cut Off by Hulk Hogan
With this Reddit post, we have two-for-one stories about American wrestler and TV personality Hulk Hogan. Real name Terry Eugene Bollea, Hogan is potentially the most recognizable wrestler in the world and has a big personality to match his international reputation.
In our first story, Hogan inserts himself into a line at a barbershop, and in the second, he continually rents movies and never returns them. Considering Hogan’s immense fame and his 6″ 7′ stature, it’s no surprise he doesn’t think of others.
Johnny Depp’s Stage Punishment
There are several people on this list that have gone on to face serious allegations, and Johnny Depp is one of them. In this story, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was visiting a college in the UK, and was interrupted by an audience member saying they couldn’t hear him.
Depp’s response to this was to walk over to the person and invite them onstage for the duration of the lecture. This certainly sounds uncomfortable — couldn’t he just use a microphone?
George R. R. Martin’s Sneaky Autograph
For a fan of fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire and its TV adaptation — Game of Thrones — finding yourself on a plane next to author George R. R. Martin is pretty much a dream come true. That’s what happened to this Redditor when they boarded a plane to Seattle.
This interaction went pretty well, with the pair discussing Martin’s new book, and their preferred football teams. It was only after the interaction was over that this Redditor noticed Martin’s playful dig.
The Shameful Shia LaBeouf
This is an unpleasant story, and one that unfortunately chimes with singer FKA Twigs’ recent allegations about Shia LaBeouf. As a child star, LeBeouf made it big with Even Stevens and then Holes, and went on to star in the Transformers franchise as well as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Sadly, and by his own admission, Shia LaBeouf hasn’t treated people very well throughout his life. This Reddit post confirms that, with the actor leering at a teenage girl.
Annoying Mr. Adam West
Actor Adam West is known for his role as Batman in the 1960s series, and then for his later roles as himself in animated comedies The Simpsons and Family Guy. Much like Kiefer Sutherland earlier in this list, in this story, Adam West seems to be irritated by someone’s chirpy greeting to them.
After snorting a dismissive “whatever” at this young horror fan, West went on to tell this Redditor to “go to Hell.” We agree that it’s rude, but it’s also a pretty great claim to fame.
Dane Cook’s Crab Freak Out
American stand-up comedian Dane Cook is known for his dark observational comedy. Judging from this story, the comedian doesn’t have much patience in real life, as he ended up badgering this Redditor until he snapped at him.
What’s most annoying about this celebrity story is that Dane Cook was having a tantrum about going to eat Maryland crabs with his crew. Why would anyone complain about going somewhere to try a local delicious shellfish delicacy? Get a grip, Dane!
Heath Ledger’s Method Madness
When the late Heath Ledger was preparing for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, he isolated himself in a hotel room for a month with only source and inspirational material for the character. The Australian actor let himself become immersed in the comic book villain’s headspace, and even kept a creepy journal.
This context makes this Reddit story a little more understandable. Clearly, as a method actor, Ledger stayed in character while on set and took the time to terrorize a few production assistants.
Texting Weird Al Yankovic
Known for his comedy music and eccentric stylings, musician Weird Al Yankovic is a colorful character. In this story, the singer-songwriter grabbed a fan’s phone at one of his concerts and responded to a text message. Even better, the entertainer then walked off without taking a picture with the fan.
It must be strange to know you’ve accidentally had a text exchange with Weird Al Yankovic, and even more annoying that you can’t prove it to anyone!
Gary Busey Says Go!
Character actor and reality TV personality Gary Busey is a strange kind of dude. The Texas-born actor has appeared in over 150 movies, and is known for his impulsive and eccentric behavior. That’s what makes this celebrity encounter even funnier.
This Redditor was minding their own business at a Dunkin’ Donuts store, calmly trying to decide what to order. Unfortunately for them, Gary Busey was there and decided it was time to order, right away. When they hesitated, he really let rip.
Bill Cosby’s Tirade
As we’ve mentioned, several people on this list have since faced serious allegations, including actor and comedian Bill Cosby. In fact, Cosby is currently incarcerated. As with the previous entry on actor Shia LeBeouf, this Reddit story confirms some rather unpleasant aspects of this celebrity’s personality.
According to this story, after making a mistake when scheduling a book signing for the disgraced actor, a woman was subjected to an angry tirade from Cosby. We’re pretty sure this isn’t worth screaming about.
Soaked by Pete Wentz
Pete Wentz is the bassist and lyricist for emo band Fall Out Boy, and apparently has a terrible attitude. The musician is involved with several bands, and was working on a music video when this uncomfortable celebrity encounter happened.
According to this Redditor, Wentz made a huge mess during the day while filming his video, creating a messy mixture of broken glass and gumballs. After a long day, the musician approached an employee, told him his drink was too warm, and poured it all over his arms.
Spaced Out Pauly Shore
Actor and comedian Pauly Shore starred in ’90s comedies Encino Man, Son in Law, and In the Army Now, and went on to produce, direct and star in his own semi-autobiographical mockumentary.
This Redditor spotted the actor while waiting tables, and served him his food throughout the evening. After spilling some mustard, the actor pointed out the mistake in a slow and spaced-out way. Well, we suppose it’s not fair to expect celebrities to be fully articulate and polite at all times…
Fist Fighting Brad Renfro
The late Brad Renfro was living with his grandmother in a trailer park when director Joel Schumacher cast him to play a tough kid in the legal thriller, The Client. Renfro was only 11 at the time, and started working as an actor. Sadly, the actor struggled with addiction and passed away at only 25.
At some point, Renfro ran into this Redditor and his brother, and ended up getting into a fistfight. Weirdly enough, the kid from Jurassic Park was there, too.
Dodged by Michael Douglas
For people that live in big cities or areas frequented by celebrities, it’s possible to narrowly miss getting driven into by one of those celebrities. While celebs are often chauffeured around, many like to purchase multiple sports cars and zoom around town themselves. Clearly, actor Michael Douglas is one of these people.
The Fatal Attraction star nearly hit this Redditor with his Porsche 911, which has a starting price of $99,200. Surely Mr. Douglas wouldn’t want to dent his car with a pedestrian.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger Shows Up
This story took place way back in the ’90s, when Austrian-American bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was a mega action star, and not yet the Governor of California. This Redditor and his associate were alarmed to see the Terminator himself show up at the mall kiosk they were working at in Vancouver.
Due to a misunderstanding with Arnie’s personal shopper, the former Mr. Universe was drafted in to deal with a situation involving a handsfree headset. What a bizarre situation.
Bashing Leonard Nimoy’s Face
Actor Leonard Nimoy played iconic character Spock in the Star Trek franchise for almost 50 years. The actor, and the character he portrayed on TV and in film, are beloved by fans across the world, making this Reddit story quite endearing.
We’re not saying that it’s cute that someone’s mom bashed Leonard Nimoy’s face in with a door. What we’re saying is that it must have been exciting, albeit slightly horrific to discover you had bashed Leonard Nimoy’s face in with a door. Nimoy!
Emeril Lagasse’s Terrible Temper
This is one of two Emeril Lagasse stories on this list, because the celebrity chef is just that awful. The TV personality and restaurateur was at a mall promoting one of his shows or products, and ended up losing it at someone who tripped over one of the cameras.
Obviously, most people would never intend to do such a thing — so, why did Emeril get so mad about it? We conclude that the chef has an anger problem and poor communication skills. This poor Redditor is traumatized!
Tongue-Tied With Shaquille O’Neil
One of the tallest players the NBA has ever seen, Shaquille O’Neil measures a massive 7″ 1′ and weighs 325lbs. If you happened to find yourself in an elevator with the man, you’d probably start asking yourself, “Should I know this person?” pretty quickly. Shaq just looks like a celebrity.
This Lakers fan must have been furious when they found out their aunty missed out on a Shaq autograph because she didn’t know the athlete’s name. As another Redditor jokes – it’s Rumpelshaqskin.
Just Missed by John Williams
Here’s yet another civilian that was almost mowed down by a celebrity. In this case, we have acclaimed composer John Williams – one of the greatest film composers of all time. This Redditor was on their way to attend a Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Williams, when they were nearly run over by the man himself.
We wonder, would it be impressive to be crashed into by someone with 25 Grammy Awards? Or, what about the person who composed the Jaws soundtrack?
Stampeded by Kerry Kittles
Former basketball player and professional coach Kerry Kittles has played for the New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers. When this Redditor was only eight years old, they went to their first-ever New Jersey Nets game, and waited around after the game to meet some of the players.
Sadly, this kid didn’t get to see anyone – that is, until Kerry Kittles strode towards him. The problem was, Kerry Kittles didn’t stop striding and completely knocked him over without looking back.
A Photo, by Colin Farrell
The person described in this post decided to pull one over on Irish actor Colin Farrell, getting him with the old “Any chance of a photo?” trick. Naturally, the In Bruges star thought the person wanted a picture with him – the famous actor – but actually, the person was asking Farrell to take a picture for him.
It’s nice to know that Colin Farrell was cool about this situation, because he could’ve taken it badly. We bet Kiefer Sutherland and Mike Myers wouldn’t have remained so calm.
Shoving Jamie Foxx Aside
Jamie Foxx won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray, has starred in a string of hits, and is a Grammy Award-winning musician. While filming vigilante thriller Law Abiding Citizen in Philadelphia, the performer came up against a very hard-working document delivery person.
Many of Law Abiding Citizen’s scenes were filmed at City Hall, making this Redditor’s job much more difficult. One day, faced with a massive crowd, they yelled “Outta my way, Jamie Foxx!”
Bill Murray’s Secret Shenanigans
According to this Redditor, Groundhog Day actor Bill Murray once walked up to him as a small baby, stole his pacifier, and put it in his own mouth. In another Murray related anecdote, the actor apparently once approached someone in a restaurant, stole a handful of their fries, and commented “No one will ever believe you.”
Because of this second story, we fully believe that the Ghostbusters actor strolls around doing whatever he wants, knowing he’s fully protected by his celebrity status.
Yelling at Dominic Monaghan
Fantasy drama series Lost was partly filmed in Hawaii, meaning its cast and crew lived on the island for the duration of filming. This Redditor’s sister bumped into castaway musician Charlie – played by English actor Dominic Monaghan – at a concert. As many people do when confronted by an unexpected celebrity, this person blurted out one of the actor’s well-known characters. Well, she yelled “Hobbit!”
To be more precise, Monaghan played Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck, one of Frodo’s closest friends, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Peed on by Shane MacGowan
Irish-English singer Shane MacGowan, of Celtic punk band The Pogues, is the man you hear crooning “Fairytale of New York” each year around Christmas time. An eccentric punk rock character, MacGowan has never exactly been well-groomed or invested in etiquette.
Known for his semi-toothless grin and disheveled appearance, we find it easy to believe the “Dirty Old Town” singer made a habit of peeing on people’s shoes. While MacGowan has suffered from addiction issues throughout his entire life, he’s since cleaned himself up.
James Franco’s Non-Movember Moustache
Let’s look at this story from actor James Franco’s point of view. He’s sitting in a coffeehouse, and suddenly a complete stranger slaps him on the arm and asks if his mustache is for Movember. We can certainly see why the actor would be taken aback, and why he might not have responded in the most friendly manner.
We’d like to stage this encounter again, without the slap, and see if anything changes. Does anyone have James Franco’s phone number?
Don Cheadle, or Cheetah
This is clearly an old story, judging from the fact that it takes place in a Blockbuster store. When a customer called in asking if the store had the Japanese animated fantasy movie, Howl’s Moving Castle, this Redditor misheard his name and wrote it down as “Cheetah.”
Rather than meeting Mr. Cheetah, this Redditor met Mr. Cheadle instead. The actor, director, producer, and writer has starred in many successful movies and TV shows, including The Ocean’s Trilogy. Compared with many others on this list, he seems great.
Knocking Over Emeril Lagasse
We promised you a second Emeril Lagasse story – and here it is. Last time, the celebrity chef was yelling at people in a mall, and this time he gets what’s coming to him.
After enjoying a meal at one of Lagasse’s restaurants in Orlando, one of these family members accidentally knocked the chef over inside Universal Studio’s Island of Adventure. Emeril being Emeril, after cussing out the person that knocked him over, was instantly whisked away on a small tram.
Silently Judging Al Roker
Remember earlier in this list when actor Bill Murray implied that he could do whatever he wanted because nobody would believe the story? Well, this one is a little similar – it’s so bizarre yet minor that it barely seems worth talking about. But, obviously, it’s worth talking about.
According to this Redditor, American weather forecaster and TV personality Al Roker audibly let one rip while riding an elevator. We guess there were forecasts of strong winds that day… get it?
Accidentally Offending Tom DeLonge
Tom DeLonge formed rock band Blink 182 when he was still in high school, and found himself with a quadruple-platinum album some years later. The “What’s My Age Again?” singer was the band’s co-lead guitarist and vocalist, alongside drummer Travis Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus. He later formed bands Box Car Racer, and Angels & Airwaves.
Clearly, DeLonge is still proud of his days with Blink 182, as he asked this Redditor why they said they “used to” love the band. Lighten up a little, Tom!