She Tried To Stop The Future King From Entering.

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By Jabo
@jaboUK (53935)
United Kingdom
September 25, 2016 1:11pm CST
I have a part time job at the racecourse, and one day one of my co-workers was guilty of an amusing gaffe. To get into the races you have to have a ticket, which can either be pre-purchased online or bought on the spot. My job is to sell these latter, and then the customer has to have the ticket scanned at the entry gate. My friend was operating one of these hand-held scanners when Prince William turned up with his retinue. He will be King of England one day, but she didn't recognise him and asked him for his ticket. He said "Oh, do I have to have a ticket?" She politely said " Sorry, but you won't get in without one". At this point one of the management saw what was happening and went over and waved him through, as the visit was pre-arranged. My friend was embarrassed but said to the Prince "it was nice to meet you anyway", and he touched her on the shoulder and laughingly said "It was good to meet you too". He seems a thoroughly nice young man. Have you ever failed to recognise that someone famous has crossed your path?
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@Corbin5 (106393)
• United States
25 Sep 16
That is such an adorable happening. He really does seem like a nice person. I cannot remember anyone famous crossing my path.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@Corbin5 He does seem a genuine person - there was none of the "Don't you know who I am" sort of thing that minor celebrities are prone to say.
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@cacay1 (32915)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Sep 16
He is too humble.
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@bunnybon7 (36493)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Sep 16
@jaboUK and such a handsome guy. you would think he would be ego bound. how lucky your country is to have such a nice guy
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@topffer (34158)
• France
25 Sep 16
I do not understand why a prince should not pay a ticket like anyone? I would have several anecdotes to tell about famous people and their family. I will tell you one : in the 1990's after a public conference for the release of a collective book, a signing session had been organized at the end. Someone told us that 1 sister-in-law of President Mitterrand, which was our president at this time was queuing for signatures, so when a woman told me that her name was "Mitterrand" I was not very surprised. I asked her innocently : "How do you spell it ?" She laughed and told me : "with 2 't' and 2 'r'". She took it with humor, but some others with less known names have glared at me when I was doing this innocent joke.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@topffer I was wondering if anyone would ask about the Prince paying. As I understand it, he was an invited guest. Amusing about the lady with the famous name, even if she herself was only famous by association.
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@topffer (34158)
• France
25 Sep 16
@jaboUK Then it would be unfair to ask to a guest to pay. I suppose that a prince receives a lot of invites, and that he cannot go everywhere, so it is a honor to welcome him. The family of Pdt Mitterrand was protected by the police like the members of your royal family. I suppose that it is the same for the family of our actual president.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@topffer Yes, the Prince had his bodyguards as part of his retinue - they can't go anywhere without them.
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@DianneN (78212)
• United States
25 Sep 16
What a story! That has happened so many times to me. There are many actors and screenwriters that live in my town, and of course, I have been in elevators and crossed streets with the famous and infamous not knowing until after the fact. Then again, I have had dinners with some famous actors, newscasters, and sports figures. They are all people like us, but 100 notches above!
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@DianneN I agree, we're all human, and William showed he was too.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Sep 16
I almost did but my younger sister told me just ntime when this nic e elderly man smiled and said Hello how are you to me as we were comiong out of the thjeatre on Ldo Island He was Jeb iln the ?beverly Hill billies show on ?V. such a nice friendly man for a movoer star
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@Hatley That was nice for you Patsie, I remember that show.
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@pgntwo (21652)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
25 Sep 16
That's one for the grandchildren :). Hers, I mean.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@pgntwo No doubt about that
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@pgntwo (21652)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
25 Sep 16
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@rebelann (41283)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Sep 16
I'm not in the right place to meet that kind of fame and as for entertainers I doubt I'd know if I'd met one although if Liz Taylor or Cary Grant showed up I wood then of course all my hair would turn white..
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@rebelann Lol - I really hope you don't see either of those two!!
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@rebelann (41283)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Sep 16
that makes 2 of us @jaboUK .......... I think I'll be stayin in on Halloween
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@cacay1 (32915)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Sep 16
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Sep 16
The thing is, it seems like he's in the headlines everyday, and that's just over here. How can you not recognize him?
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 It does defy belief, and believe me she has been teased unmercifully about it ever since
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• Preston, England
26 Sep 16
That's not happened to me yet
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@arthurchappell The only time it happens to me is when they hold concerts after racing, and the performers are pop stars of the day. They walk by me and have no idea they are famous until someone points them out.
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• Preston, England
26 Sep 16
@jaboUK at least you can now say you saw them perform
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@arthurchappell I didn't actually - I have no interest in that sort of entertainment, so once it starts I've done my job and I'm on my way home.
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
25 Sep 16
I once saw one half of Ant & Dec at Luton airport -- yes, amazingly just one of them. I thought they were joined at the hip. I embarrassed the kids by shouting out, "It's Dec!" when he walked past us, but of courese it was Ant.. I always mix their names up.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@5thHouse Lol - you aren't alone in mixing them up - I still don't know which one is which
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
25 Sep 16
@jaboUK The kids couldn't understand how I could have any confusion about which was which. I thought they were going to disown me. (Since that day I have referred to them as 'Ant or Dec'). He was very miserable actually, Ant. He made no eye contact with us at all. Maybe he thought we might demand he pose for a selfie.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@5thHouse I think that a lot of the time it can't be any fun to be famous - in the public eye all the time.
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@egdcltd (6696)
25 Sep 16
Someone pointed out the lead singer of The Beautiful South in a pub once, but unless I was with someone else who recognised the famous person, I probably wouldn't even know I'd missed them!
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@egdcltd That's the thing - unless someone points it out we won't know if this has happened to us. It probably happens a lot more than we realise.
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@egdcltd (6696)
25 Sep 16
@jaboUK Yes, there's no guarantee we know what famous people look like! There are a lot of music people and DJs I wouldn't recognise in the street - most I've only ever "seen" on the radio.
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@RubyHawk (25260)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Sep 16
As far as I know I've never had a famous person cross my bath. I read that Prince William and his wife are nice people.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@RubyHawk They do seem a nice couple I agree.
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@RubyHawk (25260)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Sep 16
@jaboUK I see a TV program about them every now and then. Their babies are cuties.
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@VivaLaDani13 (19873)
• Perth, Australia
15 Mar 17
@jaboUK Sorry I have to say this. As much as I think he is a wonderful young man...but...he is rich as hell. Do the rich and royalty really need to get free passes all the time? Ugh I know I sound like a grouch but it's a genuine thought and question. As good as he is, lovely, kind, compassionate, hard working, just like his beautiful mum but again, the dude can afford to get in. Like I get it. He is Prince and it's a sign of respect to give him freebies but still.......it's something that has bothered me for a very long time. Even a President can get into anything for free I'm sure but again, he is also rich as hell. So....why not just pay?
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
15 Mar 17
@VivaLaDani13 It's down to respect and economics. The respect because he's royal, the economics because just having him attend an event will pull crowds of paying people in, thus boosting the coffers of the event organisers. Make sense?
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• Perth, Australia
16 Mar 17
@jaboUK ah ok Yeah that makes more sense now. Thank you for explaining.
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
26 Sep 16
Very funny story. Yes, it happened to us when we lived in Monte-Carlo. My husband was driving and in front of us there was an old man in a Mercedes who proceeded so slowly that made him nervous. He klaxoned and then decided to overtake the Mercedes. When I turned my head I saw that the driver was Prince Rainier. I was so embarrassed that I decide to wave my hand so he could think we only wanted to salute him.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@LadyDuck That's a good story Anna, and that was quick thinking on your part
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@LadyDuck (157411)
• Switzerland
26 Sep 16
@jaboUK I felt so bad when I saw who he was. I had to imagine that the old white Mercedes was the one of the Prince.
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@Juliaacv (30341)
• Canada
26 Sep 16
Wow, that would have been a little embarrassing for her, but at least it ended well. I believe that him, Kate and the kids are over here in Canada for a bit, I saw something on the news the other day.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@Juliaacv When she got over her embarrassment we all had a laugh about it. I'm not really a royalty watcher, so I wouldn't know if they are visiting you or not.
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@Juliaacv (30341)
• Canada
26 Sep 16
@jaboUK I like to read about them and watch anything (truthful) about them on the news.
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@responsiveme (16227)
• India
26 Sep 16
That was nice of the future king , usually celebrities have a "don't you know who I am "attitude
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@responsiveme In my experience, the people who are real aristocrats, i.e. those who are born to it, are often nice genuine people. It's the 'Johnny come lately' celebrities who are full of their own importance.
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• India
26 Sep 16
@jaboUK same with truly intelligent professors , they are so willing to talk to you and no airs when I meet them at conferences and seminars.
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@xFiacre (4438)
• Ireland
25 Sep 16
@jabouk !!! I was at a local boxing club for reasons too complicated to explain and was the VIP opening it (they couldn't afford royalty). I care nothing for boxing and am totally ignorant in that department but I tried to talk to people and moved over to one person in a track suit and asked, "Do you do a bit of boxing yourself?" It was Barry McGuigan, at the time World Featherweight champion. How was I supposed to know? He didn't seem to see the funny side of it, especially since we then had to pose together in the ring for a newspaper.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 16
@xFiacre Oh dear, that was a real faux pas on your part, especially as you were there in an official capacity. Even I know what Barry McGuigan looks like, and I have no interest in boxing either!
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@jennyjoy (1967)
• Bangalore, India
26 Sep 16
Some people don't have a funny bone in their body.
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@Daljinder (21544)
• India
27 Sep 16
His reply was of a good young man. I have known people of much smaller stature than him become arrogant at being refused. "How dare you?" kind of thing. Even going as far as too get a person to lose their jobs using their connections.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
27 Sep 16
@Daljinder Yes, his response was admirable. He'll be a fine king one day.
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
26 Sep 16
As William doesn't like fuss or media attention he may have thought it was refreshing that someone didn't recognize him. Many years ago George Best said hello to me. I didn't know who he was.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@Gillygirl I can imagine that it gets boring if people are obsequious all the time, so you could be right. Yay on the George Best
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
26 Sep 16
That would be embarassing and exciting at the same time. Your friend was just doing her job!
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@shaggin Yes, she was well within her rights - we should have been warned that he was coming.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
26 Sep 16
I could probably trip over any number of famous people and not recognize them. I'm not much of a celebrity watcher.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 16
@Morleyhunt The same here - I especially wouldn't know any film stars or pop stars.
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