Palin's MOA tomato tosser put Utah Costco on heightened alert

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Remember Jeremy Olson, the guy who got arrested by Bloomington police after he threw tomatoes at Sarah Palin when she visted the Mall of America (where she almost signed our cover story on Michele Bachmann)?

Olson's aim was off -- by a good 10 feet -- and the juicy fruit never struck the former governor of Alaska. But it seems Olson put Costco in Salt Lake City on tomato lockdown. Palin was signing copies of her book there last week.

Salt Lake Tribune columnist Paul Rolly picks up the story of Helen Rappaport, a Utah Democrat:

While going through the check-out lane, again with no wait, she 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.

Another fun fact: Palin stiffed her Salt Lake City hairdresser.

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