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There are 20 examples in this online thread of people who let even a modicum of fame affect their judgement negatively.

Some people, it seems, become completely puffed up by even a modicum of notoriety…

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A small amount of fame can sometimes cause a person to act haughty or entitled. Unfortunately, they will pay a high price for their actions, as fleeting celebrity does not last forever and few people enjoy interacting with conceited types.

The question “What is the smallest amount of internet fame/clout that you’ve seen go to someone’s head?” was posed by a Reddit user. Many people related awkward and bizarre stories about famous people losing their cool. Just keep scrolling down to read a few examples of such accounts.

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“A new female newscaster at a local station was at the cash register trying to write a check to cover her bill. The restaurant clearly states on the door she entered that they do not accept checks. She jumps to her feet and demands to know if the waitress is familiar with her. The waitress declines and goes in search of the manager. There was no option for her to pay by check…

I worked at a department store for two weeks before the same anchor woman came in. She dumps her arms full of clothes on the counter and demands to know what kind of star treatment she receives as a local celebrity. It has been explained to her by one of my coworkers that nothing of the sort actually exists. She clears the counter of clothes and tells my coworker she needs to learn how to interact with the upper class more appropriately.

We no longer see her as the newscaster at our local station.

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AnastasiaSheppard, Mateus Campos Felipe, and others provided the images.

“I’m employed by a firm that specialises in booking expensive vacations—we’re talking $2,000+ per couple.

We were contacted by a woman who, boasting that she had 800 followers, wanted to travel for free in exchange for writing about it on her blog.

The dog photo account of one of my coworkers is more popular.

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My daughter has 20k TikTok followers, so she’s ditching her husband and their 6-year-old daughter to travel the convention circuit.

When she meets “famous” people, she gets all dolled up and talks about how awesome it is.

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When I was in college, a girl I knew ran for Vice President of the Student Government. Having the fate of 20,000 people literally “in her hands” turned her into the most irritating person I’ve ever met. She’d flash it around at eateries in the hopes of being treated better. This scenario could have been used in a comedy. Our friendship with her has ended.

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When I first started playing World of Warcraft, there was a guy on my server who was somewhat famous. He put in a lot of practise time and effort to become proficient at the game. To get his attention on something, people on the server would either ask for his help or show him deference because of their familiarity with him.

One day he organised a voluntary raid, and at its conclusion, an extremely rare item was dropped. In place of the customary open roll, he simply handed it over to his pal. He would tell those who complained, “I’m so-and-so, I’m the most important raid leader on this server, you’re all lucky to even be here right now, so shut up and deal with it.”

So, people took screenshots and shared the links. In less than a week, he had to leave the server because no one was giving him a chance.

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Oh, I’ve been waiting for just the right time to say this…

So, Vine came before TikTok. A girl I knew posted a few videos to the site, and they went viral. She has done interviews for radio and television, as well as written articles and performed sketches for local radio. And that was especially surprising for Scotland, given our track record in competitions of this type. When the concept of a “influencer” or “content creator” was still in its infancy, she left her job as a supermarket manager in pursuit of Vine stardom. I, a friend of hers for close to seven years, was among those she cut out of her life because they were a source of negativity.

To make a long story short, her attempt was unsuccessful. She had three months of fame before she realised no one gave a s**t about the videos, and she was at a loss for what to write and star in next. Now she works behind a bar at a nightclub.

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* Oh, and before I forget, she went to the open auditions for the Star Wars movie here and actually labelled her headshot “model, actress, vine star.”

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I used to be a hairstylist (trained, but now unable to practise due to nerve damage) and this mom scheduled an appointment for her baby who had just turned one.
At first, all she requested was that he trim the hair around his ears and neck, where it was getting uncomfortably long.
The child is wailing. This haircut marks his very first. I’m taking my time and being very patient. Since that was my last appointment of the day, I’m not concerned about running late.
She continues, “I’m an influencer, and I spend all day photographing my children.” It’s crucial that this turns out beautifully for me. You’re messing up his first haircut, and that’s saying something.
I asked, “oh, an influencer? ” to try to disarm her while maintaining my composure. Well, what do you do? In the same vein as what medium? And she stared me down, saying, “Well, I became famous when my daughter died.”
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From then on, I remained silent.
She finally says, “I hate it” as we’re wrapping up. Can you give him a skin fade?
Woman, you get a HES 1! At the scissors, he yells. I will not use my noisy clippers close to his skull. I tried to warn him that making any sudden movements while I was so close to him with the clippers would only make matters worse.
I suggested that she try the barbershop across the street if she was interested.
She photographed me without my permission and then criticised me on her Instagram (where she has 100,000 followers).
I had recently turned 20 and completed my cosmetology education. I did tell her that ahead of time for the scheduled consultation.
The following day, she shared photos of his head, which not only looked like he had just woken up and his hair was a mess, but also like she had attempted to “fix” it at home. The other (senior) stylist who was present in the salon at the time saw how I styled his hair, and she was shocked to see the posted photos because they did not accurately represent my work.
A few years later, I can still laugh about it, but it has taught me not to believe anything mommy bloggers say.

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Once upon a time, the Washington Post distributed a free tabloid in which excerpts from local blogs were featured on one page.

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At first I thought it was cool when my blog was quoted; then I realised that some of my fellow bloggers were collecting tabloids like they were baseball cards.

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“About a decade ago, there was this guy (I forget his name) who made some comedy videos but primarily made super niche metal music that was themed around some heavy handed fantasy story he wrote (“the Thalrogs are fighting the Bromthean war against the Melohomiroglites” type s**t).

Anyway, he had around 10,000 subscribers when he posted a video basically berating his audience for failing to turn him into a household name as a rock star. Totally missing the forest for the trees, as evidenced by his repeated rants on camera that “you all just want my comedy videos but none of you buy my music, f**k you” before finally deleting his channel.

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Some volunteers at anime conventions will use even the smallest amount of authority they are given to cause trouble for others. This isn’t limited to the bugs you find on the ground; it can affect even the most powerful species.

Not believing me? Go work as a volunteer at the next anime convention, and you will be utterly repulsed.

One person I knew had been bullied throughout his life but was now a prominent figure in the local convention’s leadership. A volunteer was fired from their position after merely giving him the wrong impression.

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However, while volunteering, I did meet some truly wonderful people. The sad thing is that those jerks wear them out in the end.

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One of the kids I help out is a “YouTube influencer,” and he’s only seven years old! To explain, the parents of this child created a YouTube channel in the style of shows like “Ryan’s World,” got famous when one of their videos went viral and received thousands of views (while the rest of their videos have fewer than a hundred views combined), and subsequently lost their minds. They have business cards printed up with all their social media handles, the kid’s father introduces himself as his “manager,” and he has legally changed his name to the one he uses on YouTube.

Worse still, the kid seems, at best, apathetic about it all. It’s definitely his parents’ doing the convincing.

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I went to a birthday party at a trendy restaurant that always had a long queue outside the door. Anyone who doesn’t show up within 30 minutes of the scheduled arrival time will have to join the rest of the guests in line. Of course, there were those who arrived incredibly late, caused a scene at the door, and then texted the host to say they were skipping the party because the line was too long. The host concluded that the best course of action would be to encourage his followers to make baseless accusations against the restaurant via social media. Host and his pals were bragging that the restaurant was messing with the wrong person, and that they would soon regret it when word of it spread across his “very large following” on social media.

Since the host had already complained about the bouncer, the restaurant’s owner received a notification about the mention and quickly identified our table. Since the restaurant had done nothing wrong, the owner came over to explain the reservation policy and politely request that the comment be removed. The keyboard warriors retreated like chastised children; I don’t think I’ve ever experienced more second-hand embarrassment.

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I used to manage the email inbox for unsolicited submissions at a major consumer goods firm. This was the address people could send any kind of idea to, whether it be for advertising or a new product.

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Numerous people have tried to sell us a licence to their “hit viral song” that has “nearly 10,000 views on YouTube,” but I have no idea how many times this has happened.

I get that you’re trying to make a buck off of this, but a song with 10,000 YouTube views isn’t worth paying for. Neither “viral” nor “famous” apply to that.

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Not someone I know personally, but I do know through a common acquaintance. He calls himself a “streamer” and occasionally joins us in Discord to have conversations with the aforementioned common friend. However, as he is a “streamer,” he is always streaming whenever he is online or playing a game… And while he’s in our discord, he’ll talk to his stream, won’t mute himself, and will blatantly interrupt everyone else.

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Some of us will be genuinely confused by this. also, his standard response is “can’t help it guys, I’m a streamer, can’t leave my stream hanging.” For all his years of streaming, he rarely gets more than a handful of viewers at once.

Everything about this is incredibly humiliating for him, and he is the target of widespread mockery. The only reason anyone *tolerates* his presence is because of the aforementioned common friend. And I use *tolerating* very loosely; everyone despises him and wants him blocked, but we’re all good friends with the mutual friend, so nobody’s trying to stir up s**t over that idiot because he only comes around on occasion.

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I once had a coworker who felt compelled to reveal his acting background to anyone he met. For a man of his age, he had 47 subscribers to his YouTube channel, which he had named something incredibly cringeworthy.

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In the time period between 2011 and 2012, a video shot at a car meet starring a friend of mine went viral. You couldn’t see him, but you clearly heard him as he uttered about eight words. After he becomes “famous” from appearing in a viral YouTube video, he will tell everyone about it. I told him, “Broski, you might not be as famous as you think if you have to announce your fame.”

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Some elderly people from my town were saved from a fire thanks to the assistance of a local skeezeball. The deed itself was admirable, and he deserved the attention he got from local media and the fact that he went viral for a week or so, but uh….five years plus later he was still using that as an excuse to avoid paying tickets or being cut off at local bars for not paying tabs. Recently, my brother came across him on Instagram, and his bio read: “Unspoken hero, DM me for details. lmao.”

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My friend was invited to a pyramid scheme on Instagram. Her entire influencer career was the first thing she began to plot out. She got really angry when I responded to her direct message with a lengthy explanation of what a pyramid scheme is and evidence that I’d received dozens like it before.

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Once upon a time I had a friend who, after gaining 200 followers on Instagram, turned into one of the most intolerable [jerks] imaginable.

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A classmate of mine “was trying to make it big in the acting world. She was in a shoddy YouTube short film where she essentially tried to pass herself off as famous and popular, with the implication that many businesses would be interested in hiring her. There were even headshots of her that she brought to class to show off, but no one paid attention. She was so arrogant that she started acting like a famous person. Just like how she always wore her shades indoors and acted as if no one else belonged there. Really, it was depressing.

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