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Mortified Irish J1 Student Didn't Recognise Leo Varadker When He Visited Her Workplace

By Alana Laverty

August 15, 2017 at 7:54am


Of all the things to happen on a J1, this one is painfully unforgettable. 

Emma Kelly was working away in Barcocina restaurant in Chicago when none other than Taoiseach Leo Varadker strolled in looking for a table. 

And while most Irish people would recognise his face from a mile away... Emma did not and proceeded to ask him whether he was Irish or not. 

After leaving him waiting for a while, she finally placed him at a "tiny table". 

She told that she realised her mistake when her friend and coworker pointed out that the Taoiseach was sitting outside their workplace. 

"He was honestly so sound, I'm a public disgrace."

The gals posed for a "painfully awkward" picture with Varadker:

And Leo being the sound fella he is replied this lovely message to Emma when he saw it all going down on Twitter:

Best. Story. Ever. 

She won't forget this one in a hurry. 

Header image: Emma Kelly 

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