LONDON -- David Beckham promised he wouldn't stay away from the London Olympics just because he was left off the British soccer team. And he made good on that pledge in a surprising way Monday.
The emphasis being on the word "surprise."
The Galaxy midfielder, who is expected to play in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Wednesday outside Philadelphia, spent part of Monday hiding in a photo booth at a shopping center across the street from the Olympic Park.
The booth, set up by Adidas, one of Beckham's sponsors, allows fans to pose for souvenir photos. But when the former captain of England's national team bounced out from behind a partition, smiles changed to expressions of shock.
Well, except for one lad. Christian Bell, wearing a Team Great Britain T-shirt, was laughing as he posed for photos with his mother. But when Beckham entered the booth, the stunned 12-year-old broke down in tears.