I worked at the Gap store in Los Gatos, CA for about three weeks when I was 16, and one day the lead singer from Smashmouth came in.
I fucking hated that job. On the second day, they made me sort out the bras and panties in the back stock. it was on that day that i discovered the average bra and cup size is a 34B. also, on that day, i found out that when you’re being introduced to your fellow employees, sitting on a folding chair in the dimly lit stock room in the back of the store up to your elbows in bras and panties might not be the best first impression to make. People would come back to ‘meet the new guy,’ and I’d be sorting the panties left and right. I remember thinking “This is work, and I will be doing this for the rest of my life.”
Smashmouth were a big band at the time in San Jose, at least for those who were either too young or too old to get into better music. They were from there and had gone from being a hardcore punk band to an extremely safe ska-rock band after some major label money changed their hardcore ways. This is also San Jose, and there was very little excitement to go around unless a sports team did something or a lady placed an amputated finger in a bowl of chili.
The store was instantly abuzz with the news that a local celebrity had entered, and many of the other employees came to see him in person. they remained away from him, looking busy, but constantly looking over because THERE was the SINGER from SMASHMOUTH. I was working at the front, by the belts section. He came up to me and said “Do you have a large belt”. I sheepishly replied “Yes, yes, I do” and picked out a belt that I thought might be worthy of his size, stature, and local standing.
So, the lead singer from Smashmouth then put on the belt and walked out of the store without paying for it.