I guess I do have a story, but not shooting stills, shooting video while at work . . .
Since I work in entertainment news, I've been in my share of "gangbangs." The worst was probably when Britney Spears happened to be eating lunch across the street from our studio lot, and, of course, I was told to go out there and shoot her. There was about a dozen paparazzi outside the restaurant. When she exited, I totally had the shot as I backpeddled (shooting, while walking backwards) toward her parked Mercedes, about 75 feet away. The paparazzi seemed infuriated that I blocked their Handycam shots with my "big" broadcast ENG camera (a Sony BVW-600 Betacam at the time). I was the only "regular" ENG news crew out there.
Paparazzi were shoving me and screaming obscenities at me. I didn't care--all I cared about was maintaining my frame. One guy reached out to shove me, and I was just pissed that his arm was blocking my shot--he was screaming, "f--k you, f--k you," just inches from my face. Again, I didn't care, I was just maintaining my shot. I arrived near the front hood of her car, facing the windshield, and as I was shooting Britney, she opened the driver's-side door, and her girlfriend walked around the front of the car, right behind me. Just then, a Brasilian paprazzo from X17 (a major "stalkerazzi" photo agency) pulled down hard, on the audio cables on the back of my camera, and my 26-pound camera nearly flew out of my hands, off of my shoulder, right into Britney's friend's face. I just held onto my zoom grip and didn't let go. My camera "flipped up" and back, nearly two feet in the air, but didn't hit her. The network's microwave truck across the street caught the whole incident from his mast camera.
After the incident, our lawyers reviewed the mast camera footage. They were impressed that I never struck back (which could mean lawsuits against the network). I was just glad I got my shot. I also said, "I don't want to shoot under those conditions again."