Some People Disappointed After Palin Booksigning Lowered To Only 500
Former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is expected to autograph copies of her book tonight at the Borders on Sawmill Road. Hundreds lined up for hours hoping to get a wristband for the event. WOSU reports the book signing, even it got underway, was not without some controversy.
The line outside Borders bookstore snaked around the length of the strip mall. People casually chatted with one another. Some held cups of coffee. A box of donuts, almost empty, was on top of a very full trash can. Those waiting in the cold were patient, some even chipper.
Inside the bookstore the mood is even happier where people are buying copies of Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" and holding tightly to the ticket that ensures the book will get her signature.
Jenny Brubaker waited three-and-a-half hours in line and bought two copies of the book. Brubaker said it's Palin's values she appreciates.
"I couldn't believe I finally got in. And now I need to get to work," she laughed.
Moments after Brubaker got her wristband and made her purchase others getting ready to enter the store heard...
"Wristbands are out! What did she say? Wristbands are out. We're out of wristbands guys. That's the end of it guys."
"I'm disappointed. I was really looking forward to meeting her," Marylou Barnhart said.
She waited four hours and left empty handed. And she's not alone. George Savage, a tall, older man wearing a cowboy hat, said he drove down from Shelby. It's about an hour-and-a-half north of Columbus.
"We were about 670 in line. We had a guy that counted from the door back before they opened the door. We were under 670. We were told that a thousand people was the ones that would get in. So we were looking forward to it because we knew we were under that limit. And then they say there are 500. So that leaves us out. Disappointed," he said.
"We have to take the author's rules and regulations. Border's doesn't have anything to do with anything other than selling the books and handing out the wristbands," Misty Bohland said.
Bohland is Borders' general manager. She's trying to explain to about a dozen people that the 500 wristband limit was not their call - it was Palin's.
A Borders book signing rules sheet reads "we will give out 1,000 wristbands." But Bohland said Palin's campaign called the store with the change. She said they were asked by Palin's group to post a notice on the door.
"But we were directed not to come outside and share that information or anything like that. (So they told you that.) That is correct. That's not a Borders' policy, that is absolutely Palin's event staff," she said.
Bohland said she had been told those who did not get wristbands to the event can come back in hopes Palin has some extra time to sign additional books.