Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Exit Crying: Joan Rivers Escorted Out of California Costco

Can we talk?

Home Shopping Guru, former talk show hostess, comedienne and bestselling author Joan Rivers has probably pulled off the year's biggest publicity stunt promoting her new book by having her well-heeled behind tossed out of a Burbank, California COSTCO department store.

Seems LaJoan was upset that the behemoth retail outlet was not selling copies of her latest opus, I Hate Everyone, Including Me on store shelves. She made an impromptu visit to the store, schlepping copies of her tome and hawking them outside the entrance. She merrily signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans before deciding to take the party inside the store.

Apparently, she thought she needed a megaphone to amplify her grating voice, while telling everyone who would listen in the store, "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."

She continued her rant, saying, " 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!"

It wasn't long before store management had called the local authorities, who promptly arrived and asked Joan and her entourage (who conveniently filmed the entire escapade) to leave. No charges were filed, but you know this story will make all the news outlets in no time flat, which should nudge Joan's book a bit higher on the bestseller lists!

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