When Sarah Palin's book-signing tour hit Salt Lake City last week, the manager of the Costco store where she appeared took pains that a repeat of her appearance at the Mall of America wouldn't occur.

Recall that when Palin appeared before 1,500 adoring fan in Bloomington on Dec. 7, a homeless guy chucked a pair of tomatoes at her. They fell wide of their target, but he managed to hit two city cops who were onstage, which left him charged with a couple of misdemeanors.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported: 

While going through the check-out lane, [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.

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