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Is she safe? Tomatoes tossed at Sarah Palin on book tour

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Sarah Palin was actually too busy signing copies of her memoir "Going Rogue" to notice. The tomatoes hurled at her during her bookstore appearance at Minnesota's Mall of America landed about ten feet off mark, hitting a police officer instead of Palin herself. But the incident has got to be disturbing, nonetheless.

Throughout the course of Palin's book tour, she has been thronged by fans, some of whom have even camped out overnight to guarantee a chance to have her autograph their books. At least at some stores, those who wait in line must pass through a security check before they can enter the store.

It's not clear what the security arrangement was at the Mall of America, but the man who reportedly hurled the tomatoes (who is now in police custody) was not in line waiting to meet Palin, but rather was watching her autograph books from a position in the store's balcony.

It's also not clear what level of sophistication or experience most bookstores would have when it comes to matters of security. Although sports- figures-turned-book-authors and certain celebrity writers have been known to draw lines at book stores that curve down city blocks, the Sarah Palin experience (which has included fans who fly or drive from other states to camp out awaiting Palin's arrival) is a mob scene of a different nature.


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