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Closing the barn door after the tomatoes have run away…

By Brian | December 18, 2009 | Share on Facebook

Those who follow Sarah Palin (either with amusement or disdain) may have heard that at a recent book signing in Minneapolis, a man threw two tomatoes at her from a second floor balcony.

So when she showed up at a Costco in Salt Lake City, the store manager took steps to prevent another drive-by fruiting:

While going through the check-out lane, again with no wait, [Helen Rappaport] told the clerk she forgot to get some grape tomatoes, which she loves, so she would be right back. That’s when the bells went off. The clerk told her they had no tomatoes that day. No tomatoes? At Costco?

As she was leaving, she noticed a man with a store manager’s name tag and asked him why they had no tomatoes. He informed her the store did have tomatoes, but they were taken off the shelves for a few hours. It turns out that Palin had been pelted with a tomato at an earlier stop on her book tour and the management at the Costco was determined it wouldn’t happen here. The manager told an employee to go into the storage area and get Rappaport some tomatoes, which he gave her for free.

The Costco store manager believes, apparently, that someone out there had decided to throw things at Sarah Palin when she visited the local Costco, went to Costco empty-handed, proceeded immediately to the tomato aisle, saw there were no tomatoes available, and then decided to give up and go home, rather than, you know, throwing something else at her.

Score one for the ingenuity and quick action of the Salt Lake Costco manager…

Topics: Political Rantings, Random Acts of Blogging | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Closing the barn door after the tomatoes have run away…”

  1. jason says at December 18th, 2009 at 3:12 pm :
    Heh – I wouldn’t have thought that a silly news item from my little ol’ home town would would strike your radar, Brian…

    The whole thing was just dumb. My first thought on hearing it was, “What, Costco doesn’t carry eggs, too? Did they remove every small, squishable foodstuff from the shelves for a couple hours?”

  2. Janet says at December 18th, 2009 at 3:16 pm :
    Twinkies. Not that I’m condoning throwing things at anyone, but if someone volunteers (for the sake of science, you know), that’s my vote. Both for the effect, and because then no edible foodstuff is wasted.

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