A Pretty Thick Shake

American celebrities just don’t get it.¬†

During an early morning layover in Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport on his way to Malaysia, N.E.R.D. frontman Pharrell Williams put on a little show–and a pretty weak one at that, considering the Grammys–to try to sway a pair of McDonald’s workers to sell him some Frankenfood before the place was open.

But as Oprah Winfrey¬†¬†learned when she was turned away at Hermes a couple of years ago, when a French business is closed, it’s closed, and they do not care who you are.

The workers, obviously unimpressed by Williams “Big Mac-Filet O’ Fish-Apple Pie” riff, complete with a spin and slide, walked out as the shocked singer sputtered, “Where are you going?”

My guess: to have a smoke.

Note: Unlike Winfrey, Williams can’t claim racism as the reason the workers decided to follow company, union and national employment rules and deny him service: they were of color too.