Right story, wrong celebrity
Karen, a Midwestern housewife, took her first trip to Las Vegas a few years ago. She had done very well playing the slot machines, winning a bucket full of quarters. Karen needed a break, and she left the casino heading toward the elevators, taking her bucket with her.
She steps into the elevator and before the doors shut, four beefy, leather-clad African-American men step in. Karen clutches her bucket close to her body.
One of the men says “Hit four, lady” and she hears, “Hit the floor, lady,” and she does: quarters fly everywhere. The men bust up laughing and they help Karen collect her winnings. One of the men explains that he meant for her to select her floor. They help her collect her quarters and the elevator arrives at her floor. She leaves embarrassed, and the men are still laughing.
Later that evening, a dozen roses are delivered to Karen’s room. The note attached read:
Thank you for the best laugh I’ve had in years!
– Eddie Murphy
Eddie has said, ‘I hear that all the time and I say no, it never happened,’ they always say, ‘Yes, it did. My cousin was there.'”
This story is still debated to this day but many accounts more accurately place the stories’ origins in 1979. Still in Vegas but the celebrity was actually Hall of Famer, Reggie Jackson.