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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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46.

STFUP    

Oh shut up, you has-been platicized b**ch. Nobody cares.
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1. Who says Costco MUST carry your book? Any store has the right to decide what products they do/do not want to sell on their shelves.
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2. Because they wouldn't carry your book, they're like "Nazi Germany"? WTF!? You've lost it, Rivers. Just go away.

723 days ago
47.

barcag    

Booooooooooooo!!!!!!! They probably didn't want to carry her book, not only because of the jokes on the back cover but probably because it's most likely not a good book; and they don't want to have to get stuck discounting the thing just to get rid of it.

723 days ago
48.

It's Dave    

A blatant publicity stunt. Shame on you, Joan, for minimizing Nazi atrocities against humanity by making such an idiotic comparison.

723 days ago
49.

CathyJ    

Go Joan!! I already bought the book, laughed my ass off, and have been a member of Team Joan forever!!!

723 days ago
50.

Rlg    

A stunt like that would make me NOT want to buy the book. The book must be a terrible read if that's the way she needs to sell her book!

723 days ago
51.

Aaron    

Seems to me installing a crematorium would effect the success of the sales of their coffins. That's not typically Jewish, oh wait, they're Nazis!

723 days ago
52.

ju    

who would not ban her book its crap and joan go retire to your rocker

723 days ago
53.

cari    

Just thought of the more obvious diagnosis here.....VODKA.

723 days ago
54.

cari    

MAYBE MELISSA should get mommy to a hospital and under, what we call in the medical world, 'Constant Observation'. 'Cause I'm thinking Dementia, Stroke or Tumor. Going to Costco and handcuffing herself to a cart and yelling Nazi Germany is even too low rent and crazy for her! Seriously....

723 days ago
55.

Rafaelle Zuccaro    

I shop at Costco a lot-- I can understand why Costco doesn't any part of you or slime like you in their stores- Go sell you book at Walmart, where people who cant read will by your book for "Toilet Paper" Thats where you morals and clarity have been throughout your Slimey career !!!Go pedal it in Israel, where your kind live!!!

723 days ago
56.

click    

Her good friend Prince Charles dad Prince Philip, came from a Nazi family.. Regardless, they should have left her handcuffed but with tape on her mouth for a few hours.

723 days ago
57.

Mayu    

Costco wouldn't sell her book? Find me the nearest Costco! I want to start shopping there!

723 days ago
58.

jimmmyzz    

Throw her a** in Jail for Trespassing. She didn't show her Costco Card when she entered the store!

723 days ago
59.

Jodi    

Way to go Joan........you are one smart lady....free publicity!!

723 days ago
60.

Butterfly    

I AM PUZZLED why Ms. Rivers would degrade herself, publicly, in such an undignified manner. Very sad to see her like this.

723 days ago
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