Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Joan Rivers Escorted Out Of Costco By Police

Popular: Joan's book has spent weeks on the New York Times bestseller list
Joan Rivers! If there is anything she loves more than plastic surgery, that would be controversy.
Few weeks ago when I first heard about her new book, it was on Wendy Williams talk show, and she had beefed Costco seriously for refusing to stock her book. Wonder why she has to force them to sell her book? I guess as always she wanted the drama.
After weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, you'd think Joan Rivers would be pretty content with the sales of her latest book.
But it appears the veteran comedienne has taken issue with U.S. retailer Costco for refusing to stock I Hate Everyone... Starting With Me.
The 79-year-old ended up being escorted out of a Burbank, California branch of Costco on Tuesday after making an unauthorised in-store appearance.
The TV star initially started selling copies of her book outside the store, before moving inside and offering signings.
You need to leave now: The police arrived to escort the comedienne out of the store
Speaking through a megaphone inside, she said: 'Costco, who sells condoms by the pallet, who sells Paula Deen books and - which is not good for their customers' health - they decided to ban my book.
'This is a First Amendment violation. You're banning a book because it says a funny quote by Marie Antoinette? Where is this going to lead us to?
'This is a store that sells 300 rolls of toilet paper at the same time, and I say any customer that buys 300 rolls of toilet paper deserves a funny book to sit on the toilet and read.'
Costco shopper Larry Grossman told ABC's Eyewitness News that the store management were unhappy with Joan's protest.
He said: 'The employee said, "What's going on here?" He said, "Well, Costco has not agreed to sell her book because there's some things in there they find offensive. But she decided to come here anyway and sell the book."'
Wearing sunglasses and shouting about her book, it wasn't long before police arrived on the scene and requested she leave the store immediately.
A Burbank City spokesman told the LA Times: 'She had a whole entourage. Sounds like a staged media event.'
No criminal charges were filed .

Culled from Mailonline

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