CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix substitute school teacher bumped into American royalty in a local grocery store late Wednesday afternoon.
Tedd Wallace, a Michigan native who lives part-time in St. Croix, said he ran into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill at Seaside Market & Deli in Mount Welcome about 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
Wallace, 67, said Biden and his wife had just gotten off a airplane flight to St. Croix and were getting a few essentials at the popular convenience store near Gallows Bay.
Biden, 76, was nice enough to step out of line and pose for a selfie with him, Wallace told the Virgin Islands Free Press.
“He said: ‘OK, we can do this. Let’s do this,'” Wallace recalled.
Wallace said he forgot his cell phone in the car and Biden allowed him to go to the car and retrieve so he could come back and see the picture you see now.
Observers said the No. 2 man to former President Barack Obama (2009 to 2017) bought Prego spaghetti sauce while he was there.
Wallace is the former mayor of South Lyon, Michigan and teaches at St. Mary’s School and Good Hope Country Day School.
This is the Biden’s seventh visit to St. Croix since 2011 and his second visit here this year.