Celebrities are used to living a lavish life. While being relentlessly followed by the paparazzi and hailed by fans can be annoying and cumbersome, being recognized also has its perks. Gratuities, special treatment and other “important persons” benefits have come to be expected from the rich and famous. Whether it is free diners, clothing discounts, VIP treatment, public sway or not needing to live by the rules, no celebrity really wants to be treated like “everyone else.” Ironically, the glamorous are constantly complaining about their lack of privacy and not being able to lead a “normal life.” Sometimes you just can't have the best of both worlds and you are either treated like the public or a “Very Important Person.” From Kylie Jenner to Sarah Palin, these 15 famous people are not ready to face the disadvantages of either side. This list reveals just how many stars get nowhere posing the infamous question “Don’t you know who I am?” From the most notorious celebrities to those who are praised for being “just like us” these surprising scenarios are just too good to be scripted.
15 Kylie Jenner
The Kardashian and Jenner clan are infamous for their diva ways and lavish lifestyle. It comes as no surprise then that the youngest family member also expects the star treatment. The Instagram royalty reportedly threw a fit at the Beverly Hills Hotel when staff refused to serve her and her underage posse alcohol. Only seventeen at the time, the young celebrity pulled the fame card asking, “Don’t you know who I am?” When the hotel staff refused to budge, Kylie, who apparently thought she was above the law, stormed off calling the party “lame” and “not worth my time.” If this is her attitude at such a young age, imagine what is to come as her fame grows.
14 Shia LaBeouf
Like many celebrities, Shia LaBeouf is constantly dissing the limelight and all of its cons, until he can use it to his advantage. In 2014, the paper bag celebrity was arrested at Studio 54 in New York after disrupting a Cabaret production on Broadway by yelling at the performers. When officers were called to arrest him he asked, “Do you know my life? Do you know who the f–k I am?” Even if they did, the NYPD didn’t seem to care as they charged the troubled actor with two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of harassment in the second degree, one count of trespassing and one count of criminal trespassing in the third degree.
RiRi probably thought she was filming another one of her hit music videos when she jumped onto a table at a London nightclub. Much to the superstar’s surprise, the table broke, smashing bottles and glasses everywhere in the process. After being escorted out by security, the “FourFiveSeconds” singer screamed the famous line “Do you even know who I am?” Luckily, the manger did. He readmitted her and her entourage and even offered them drinks on the house. The Barbadian beauty made history again, seeing as though this scenario is one of the few success stories of playing the fame card.
12 Reese Witherspoon
“America’s Sweetheart” was not so sweet to the officer who puller her and her husband, Jim Toth, over in 2013. When he confronted the couple the "Sweet Home Alabama" actress asked, “Do you know who I am? You’re about to find out.” The officer was not moved and it was Witherspoon instead who quickly found out that both she and her husband were about to be arrested. Toth was detained for a DUI while Witherspoon was charged with drunk and disorderly conduct. True to her character, she issued a public apology the next day.
11 Amanda Bynes
Like many child stars Amanda Bynes’ life as a grown-up is not very pretty. The Nickelodeon actress tried to play her fame card on a few unimpressed NYPD officers during one of her many erratic displays of behaviour. Police were called after Bynes’ fellow apartment dwellers saw her whispering to herself while wandering throughout the building’s hallways with a joint in her hand. Upon their arrival, Bynes threw her bong out the window claiming it was just a vase and asked them if they knew who they were dealing with. The arresting officers refused to take the bait and charged her with endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana.
10 Miley Cyrus
There is hope! Even the most deliberately outrageous superstars can go about their hyper-publicized lives unnoticed. With her infamous twerking, notoriously wild Instagram posts, signature tongue face and pink armpit hair, Cyrus was more than bewildered when she went unrecognized at a popular Manhattan restaurant. While placing her order at Pop Burger, the unwitting cashier asked for the “Wrecking Ball” singer’s name. Reports claim that Cyrus asked, “Are you serious? You don’t recognize me?” The cashier allegedly continued unfazed saying “That’s nice for you. Have a good day.” Perhaps this was just the humbling experience the “bad role model” needed.
9 David Hasselhoff
Even though he was once crowned one of the most recognizable men in Hollywood, David Hasselhoff still has to pull out his fame card once in a while. Much to his chagrin, the “Baywatch” star was denied access to a private bar at Wimbledon in 2006. As security was escorting him out the silver fox reportedly cried, “All I want is a drink, don’t you know who I am?” Perhaps all of the bar goers were under thirty, but more likely no one cared about the “Knight Rider” actor as he was forced to leave the distinguished vicinity with his tail between his legs.
8 Lindsay Lohan
Will she ever get any good press? In 2009 the “Mean Girls” actress forgot her Blackberry at a deli in New York City. The restaurant’s staff played hardball, refusing to return it to her without a proper piece of ID. Lohan apparently retorted in disbelief, “Don’t you know who I am?” before calling the police to sort out the situation. Ironic seeing as though the media constantly hounds her in every sticky scenario she lands herself in but this time she goes unrecognized in a rare situation that it would be beneficial… This star’s infamy has never worked in her favor.
7 Dina Lohan
Like mother like daughter. All hell broke loose when the Lohan momager thought it would be a good idea to take Lindsay and 15-year-old Ali to an L.A nightclub. The scandal-plagued family was refused entry by security at the door of Villa nightclub due to Ali’s age. Mrs. Lohan did not take the fact that the family was not above the law and asked security, “Do you know who I am?” while Lindsay reportedly added, “You’re making a huge mistake. Huge.” The only mistake made was by the trio who had their name in the headlines for bad behavior once again.
6 Tara Reid
What a horrible shopping trip for Tara Reid! As if this fallen star has not been dismissed enough. The Sharknado actress was reportedly shopping for Coachella outfits at the iconic clothing store AllSaints in the City of Angels. At the cash, Reid was denied a discount on her carefully chosen apparel. Why would she expect a discount you ask? Because she is famous and after all, “Don’t you know who she is?” Apparently this was not humiliation enough, because the star’s card was then declined and she left the store empty handed.
5 Diana Ross
Don’t mess with the Diva! The “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” singer fumed as she waited for her friends and family at a fancy New York City restaurant. The Diva was told by the hostess that she would have to wait for her entire party to arrive before being seated. Seemingly asking her the unthinkable, Ross demanded, “Don’t you know who I am?” before sitting down at her table anyway. Things got heated quickly when the restaurant’s staff demanded that the singer move to the lobby. The singer did not take that well and decided to leave in a huff instead.
4 Guy Fieri
Guy Fieri has made an empire on being a “normal guy.” Cooking and creating food for the public that he claims to know so well has placed him at the top of the competitive Food Network game. Unfortunately, his diva status was exposed at a recent Super Bowl game when he was refused entry to the VIP section. The spiky haired chef played his fame card asking “Don’t you know who I am?” Whether or not anyone knew, a fiery Fieri was escorted out of the event by security. He was then banned from the football championship in its entirety!
3 Jennie Garth
Much to her embarrassment, Jennie Garth was refused star status while trying to get into an L.A nightclub. The “90210” actress was told by DBA’s security that she and her entourage needed to stand in line before entering the club. The star was expecting to skip the line and was enraged when she needed to wait with the public. Trying to save face she asked, “Don’t you know who I am?” but received little result. Garth then began crying and left when no exceptions were made for her and her friends. Doesn’t it suck to be treated like “everyone else”?
2 Sarah Palin
While the infamous “Palin Family Brawl” has had extreme media coverage, few know about the former governor’s attempt to stop the pandemonium. As her intoxicated family members swung at their rivals in Anchorage, the Alaskan politician decided it would be a good time to play the fame card screaming, “Don’t you know who I am?” Not surprisingly, the question fell on deaf ears, as no one in the midst of the chaos seemed to stop long enough to care or even consider her. While this is not the fist card she’s played, it is the only one that did not ruffle anyone’s feathers.
1 Sam Worthington
Even the B-listers try to milk their status for all it’s worth. In 2014, the “Clash of the Titans” lead made an appearance in New York City court. Worthington was summoned by a paparazzo who was punched in the face by the actor while trying to snap a picture of him and his girlfriend. In an attempt to sway the jury Worthington asked the prosecution, “Have you seen the movie Avatar?” Unfortunately, the question resounded little with anyone and the beefy actor was charged with two counts of third degree assault, one count of attempted assault and one count of harassment.