One of the cool things about working in a hotel is meeting the occasional celebrity. Most are really cool, some are snobs, and a few smell like mustard. I rarely get starstruck, but I just met one of my favorites tonight and couldn't help being a little awed. I'll write about that experience after he checks out in about 24 hours from now. In this post I am going to talk about a celebrity who didn't like me. Shocking, I know. If it matters, this story didn't happen at the property I currently work for.
Aside from the Rocky movies, I'm not a huge boxing fan and Tommy "Hitman" Hearns was not a fan of me. If you look up his wikipedia page, you will see that he was quite the celebrated fighter during his time. I think he was there for a charity event or something. Everything was going well when I checked him and his entourage in until he asked me, "Are these rooms ahjurmin?"
".... I'm sorry, what?"
"Are these rooms ahjurmin?"
"... Again, I'm sorry. Can you repeat the question?"
"I said 'Are these rooms ahjurmin!'"
"Are the rooms a germy? No, we cleaned them before you got here."
His assistant quickly jumped in and asked, "No. He wants to know if the rooms adjoining."
"Ah! Adjoining. Yes, there is a door between the two rooms."
"What's amatta? You don't speak english or somethin?" he asked getting a few nervous chuckles from his crowd.
I am an expert mumbler myself, but I guess I don't have the excuse of getting hit in the head for a living. My buddy who was the bellman took him up to the rooms and told me that not only did he get tipped well, but they spent the elevator ride talking about punching me in the stomach. Thanks, bro.