The Staggers 17 December 2009 Sarah Palin and the tomato saga How to avoid having fruit thrown at you on a book tour Print HTML So the latest tale to emerge from the modern-day Odyssey that is the Sarah Palin book tour is this: the supermarket Costco recently removed tomatoes from its shelves to stop people throwing them at her. (Thank you, Huffpo.) The original story came from the Salt Lake Tribune, and is accompanied by another Palin anecdote about the author, as she will now be known, scarpering from a hair appointment without paying. But what about this, from the hairdresser source: After being ushered to a room on the 15th floor and given some instructions (don't talk to Palin unless she talks first) she did Palin's hair while the former Alaska governor chatted with her family. Those innocent little brackets. "Don't talk to Palin unless she talks first". Really? REALLY? That's quite a demand, coming from the former governor of Alaska. It's quite Mariah Carey-esque in fact, which in some ways makes it hilarious, and in other ways makes it deeply troubling. But anyway, Palin can relax. In contrast to her Minnesota escapade, she escaped tomato-free from Salt Lake City (which, by the sound of it, was also tomato-free by the end of her visit). › Web Only: the best of the blogs Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The buck doesn't stop with Grant Shapps - and probably shouldn't stop with Lord Feldman, either America’s domestic terrorists: why there’s no such thing as a “lone wolf” The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean?