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Snooki Signs Autographs – Picks Up Pickles – at Route 10 Costco

Fans flocked to store for chance to meet beloved member of 'Jersey Shore' cast.

Hundreds of  Jersey Shore fans lined up to greet Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi at Costco on Route 10 on Saturday afternoon. Actually, they started lining up at 9 a.m. for a scheduled 2 p.m. appearance. Some of them reportedly drove five hours to get there, too.

Why you ask? If you are asking, you are probably not a fan of  MTV's reality show Jersey Shore. Snooki, one of the most popular stars of that show, has published her first book, A Shore Thing and her fans were there to get their copies signed.  

Admirers wearing "I (heart ) Snooki" shirts passed the time in line chatting about the friend of a friend who met her in a club and how nice she was. There was the occasional dissenter, such as the mom who said to her son, "I don't want to wait for her. She's not even a star!"  

But they stayed. And if you have fans like these, you are a star. As  the diminutive 23-year-old celebrity entered the store, obscured by security men and publicists, the crowd went nuts. Photographers clicked away, people screamed her name and rushed in to greet her.

As the book signing began, person after person got an autograph and a smile. Security men graciously agreed to take photos for customers while trying to push back the crowd. Kids sat on their dads' shoulders for a better view. Hundreds of books went to their new homes. Snooki went home with lots of pickles (you'll have to watch the show).

When the cries of "Oh my god, I can't believe I met her !" died down and the last book was signed, we were left wondering how to sum up the whole experience. Not quite finding the words, we realize that the devotee who ran past us clutching her newly signed hardcover had said it best.

"That was psychotic !" We have to agree.

Robert Thiemann February 28, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Why you ask? REALLY?? "Why do you watch that show?" is the real psychotic question you should be asking the individuals that must be deprived emotionally and mentally that watch or, God forbid, idolize this debauchery of a show and it's reported "stars". Why anyone would want to watch other people be trampled upon, spit upon, bullied, sexually abused and neglected to name a few issues is the real horror. Those that watch such a show are obviously lacking in many of those human areas, and need to bolster their own inadequacies by watching other victims be hurt. Others believe that such individuals need to watch such a show in order to positively reinforce their own behaviors toward others in a similar vein. Hence it is sad to note, those that watch and promote the show, are themselves supportive of and condone such abusive actions by their "enjoyment" of such depravity whether they are cognizance of it or not. Thereby the watcher is either one who does the actions, or one that condones the actions, and therefore guilty as those that are portrayed. As reported in a recent news article, bullies who are recorded in a video doing another student harm, are as as guilty as those that watched from the side lines or via the video. Same here. Those watching are still guilty as if they did the deed themselves. What conflicting signals Parents who watch such, and allow their children to watch, are giving to those around them.
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon March 01, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Please god, just shoot me. Then shoot her.
Robert Thiemann March 01, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Naw. No shooting please. I was hoping to just be harsh enough to gain attention to the fact that this show goes beyond being entertainment to actually harming people. That promoting it only reinforces that harm. College kids have been reported reenacting episodes on dates. Many current cartons have that same flavor and most adults can easily filter what is good or bad in them, or define the humor. I definitely retract the "obvious" statement and see I did more than a little ranting. For that I apologize to any I may have insulted trying get the point across and over stepping politeness. No one can say, or understand what someone else is thinking or feeling. I just hope people look at how this can be seen as both harming to others, especially women, and even more importantly, the young minds that may not be able to filter as adults do. We see so much injury and hurt in the world today, that to want to see it happen in real life really bothers me, so I spoke from the heart, and as a father. Thanks
Scott S. March 01, 2011 at 05:41 AM
There's a typo at the end of the article. It reads, "Did you catch Snooki at Costco?" It should read, "Did you catch something from Snooki at Costco?" I'm not sure what she's going to do with those pickles but I have a pretty good idea (pause here for dry-heaves). I've said this before and I'll say it again: Those who watch 'Jersey Shore' and think the cast members are 'stars' should be ashamed of themselves. I'm sick and tired of people equating my Italian heritage and my Jersey roots with what they've seen on 'The Sopranos' and 'Jersey Shore.' Here's a typical conversation someone from Jersey might have with someone from another state while on vacation: Jersey: "So where are you from?" Response: "New York. How about you?" Jersey: "I'm from Jersey." New York: "Ohhhh... Jersey! The home of Snooki (smiles and chuckles)!" [Jersey pauses while his blood boils] Jersey: "Actually, Snooki is from New York; so I guess the old saying 'Crap rolls downhill' is true." [End of conversation]

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