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Police called after Joan Rivers chains herself to shopping cart at Costco

Joan Rivers

Burbank police were called to a local Costco after Joan Rivers chained herself to a shopping cart in what city officials said appeared to be a publicity stunt.

Rivers has been saying that Costco has refused to sell her new book, "I Hate Everyone ... Starting with Me," which has made the New York Times bestseller list.

She was talking about her book as she was chained Tuesday afternoon to the shopping cart with a film crew in tow, said Burbank spokesman Drew Sugars.

"She had a whole entourage," Sugars told The Times. "Sounds like a staged media event."

Rivers refused to leave until Burbank Police Department patrol units and a sergeant arrived. No citations were issued, Sugars said, and no arrests were made.

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Photo: Joan Rivers makes an appearance at Fenway Park in July before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. Credit: Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

 
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