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Down-to-earth or downright rude?

Gwyneth Paltrow is receiving mixed reviews from insiders in New York's Hamptons this summer. Though one witness at the Maidstone Club tells the new issue of Us Weekly that the Oscar winner, 38, is "sweet to staffers," another source says Paltrow is anything but.

Case in point? After a friendly traveler gave Paltrow's housekeeper a lift from a bus stop to her home, the actress reprimanded the driver.

"Gwyneth was mad that the maid showed strangers where she lived," the insider tells Us. "Gwyneth said, 'Please don't give my maid a ride again!'"

Paltrow's rep denies she got huffy over the help. "Her housekeeper has a car, and Gwyneth would never say something like that."