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Joan Rivers

CUFFED to Shopping Cart

In Anti-Costco Protest

8/8/2012 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops were called to an L.A. Costco yesterday -- after comedian Joan Rivers HANDCUFFED herself to a shopping cart during a one-woman protest against the wholesale store ... comparing the place to "Nazi Germany" ... and we got video of the entire debacle.

TMZ broke the story ... Joan claims Costco banned her new book "I Hate Everything ... Starting with Me" because of several racy jokes on the back cover -- so yesterday, she staged a protest in Burbank against what she called unjust censorship.

Joan yelled into a bullhorn, "Costco should not be like Nazi Germany. Next thing they'll be burning the bible."

Joan then walked into the store and handcuffed herself to a random woman's shopping cart, where she continued to scream. Costco management called the cops, who then asked Joan to leave -- which she did. And that was that.

But the footage is hilarious. Even the cops can't help but laugh.

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What You Really Want To See    

wow. Comparing Costco to Nazi Germany? Nice work Joan. What in hell were you thinking?

755 days ago
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Googie    

♡ that Joan

755 days ago
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Asian 101    

i think all the botox injections and plastic surgery has finally taken its toll on this old hag.

755 days ago
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What You Really Want To See    

Cheap stunt. Anything to sell a book.

755 days ago
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Bob    

Well, you gave her exactly what she wanted. Publicity for her book. I think it was a brilliant idea though. I would try it to get some publicity for myself, but since I'm not famous, I would probably spend life in prison for the same stunt, or at least get tazed repeatedly.

755 days ago
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mamajj    

And that's why Joan Rivers is a rich bitch. Go get em Joan. LOL nothing like free publicity.

755 days ago
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I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

Again the race card?, why it's 2012!?......Hey Jewish people, is this any different than blacks (Cuba, Sharpton, Jesse, Kanye, Wanda, Spike, Dr. Murray, O.J. jurors, L.A. rioters, Ice Cube, Rappers, LeBron, etc.) using the race card?...

755 days ago
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LDB    

lol the policeman was laughing

755 days ago
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Jordan    

Joans book must really be bombing real bad costco is a family store they don't want to sell your pornographic products. I really doubt they are going to loose customers because one old dirty grandmother handcuffs herself to a shopping cart that nobody really will care about. What is it Joan is your book so bad that your daughters pornographer boyfriend cant get his porn stars out for your stupid cause.

755 days ago
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BB in CA    

I'm surprised Costco would do that since they normally keep the children's books separate from the rest. But I wouldn't buy anything written by a FUR HAG anyway.

755 days ago
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wingedmonkey    

remember Joan, CostCo only carries the best of everything!!

755 days ago
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Bob    

I love Joan Rivers and know she has had lots of work done, but these pictures can't really be her. The lady in these pictures looks way too young to be Joan. I think they are really pictures of Phylis Diller.

755 days ago
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charles    

very funny but at the same time real fascism rears it's head elsewhere, a case at the Olympics...

755 days ago
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a long time Leno fan!    

Customers in that store always seem to be in a state of complete confusion/shock, dazed, the "not sure what to do next" sort. This disorientation compounds the tension of driving around in circles for hours looking for a single space in the lot...

755 days ago
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Gretel    

Nazi Germany? Wow. The next thing you know she'll say they are raping their customer's wallets.

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