Surprise: Many San Francisco booksellers refusing to carry Palin’s book; Update: Palin apologizes to those whose books weren’t signed

posted at 4:58 pm on November 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

Don’t jump to conclusions. It’s not that the retailers are closed-minded. It’s their customers who are closed-minded.

Well, okay. Some of the retailers are closed-minded too.

“Our customers are thinking people,” said Nathan Embretson, a bookseller at Pendragon Books in Oakland. “They’re not into reading drivel.”

There’s not a single copy on the shelf. Embretson said no one has asked for it except for one guy, who was kidding.

“He said he wanted to look at it but he also said he didn’t really want to read it,” Embretson said. “Anyway, he certainly didn’t want to buy it. I think he regarded looking at it as a kind of punishment.”…

Had she ordered 50 copies of the book, Cotleur said, she would probably wind up shipping 50 copies of the book back to the publisher in a couple of weeks.

“I would expect to take a bath on it,” she said. “The job of a book buyer is to be something of a psychic. You have to know your community. I don’t want to waste a lot of money and shelf space on a book nobody wants.’

Really? No one in the community’s interested in … a presidential campaign tell-all? I’m no fan of The One but I’ll bet David Plouffe’s book is a pretty gripping read. Your quote of the day from one of the lords of tolerance:

“Anything like that we wouldn’t carry,” said clerk Emily Stackhouse. “We’re a small store and it would probably gross us all out. Some things you carry because of freedom of speech, but a book like that is just gross.”

If I recall correctly, the “that’s gross” exception to free speech was articulated in the landmark case of Ohmigod v. Ewww. If you’re wondering what kind of books are carried in these shops, evidently because they don’t run afoul of the gross-out exception, Pajamas Media has got you covered.

While we’re on the subject of unhappiness about Palin’s book, here’s a clip shot outside the Indiana book signing after the event ended promptly at 9 p.m. — even though, allegedly, another 150 people were in line to have their copies autographed. Dave Weigel notes that you can hear people heckling her about “quitting on the job.” It may be that she and the HarperCollins people decided they simply had to get out of there promptly at nine to make the next stop on time; interestingly, Politico’s story about the signing makes no mention of any displeasure among the crowd, and Politico’s not known for spinning in Palin’s favor. Maybe there’s more to this than meets the eye? One last footnote: Someone on Twitter told me that 500 books were signed in Columbus today versus 1,000 that were slotted for the Indiana event. Could be they’re scaling back to a more manageable number in order to stay on schedule.

Update: A new Facebook note from Palin promises to make amends to the crowd in the vid:

I’ve been told that yesterday there were supporters in Noblesville who stood in long lines for hours in the cold and rain, and the book signing event ended without a chance to say hello to everyone who showed up. I am so sorry. We are working on a solution for those who were left behind.

I apologize.


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One of the defining characteristics of Bay Area liberals is their firm belief that they are gigantically smart and intellectual. In reality, closed-minded stupidity and repressed, rigid, dogmatic thinking are pandemic.

Django on November 20, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Those are my reflections as well. I thank God daily that I don’t live there anymore.

Blacksmith8 on November 20, 2009 at 6:55 PM

We need a day (or month) off from this woman.

voxpopuli on November 20, 2009 at 6:23 PM

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Retreat… Obama probably feels the same way… (smiles)…
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RalphyBoy on November 20, 2009 at 6:56 PM

“They’re not into reading drivel.”

Nah, their average customer more likely prefers to curl up in bed at night with the latest S and M and bondage manuals.

Much headier stuff.

FireBlogger on November 20, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Well, the Indiana story is not the lead on HuffPo. Ah, the beat goes on.

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Alan Davidson

Opposite Day on November 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I agree.

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Opposite Day on November 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Its not about the individual booksellers
Its about the communities they cater to
And how their customers are so stupidly stupid that the booksellers have to behave stupidly too
just to stay in business and not have their store boycotted ( like Whole Foods)
or have a bunch of noisy smelly bums ( like Code Pink) outside their business harassing their customers

macncheez on November 20, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Politico has a new article up that addresses the crowd who could not get a signature. According to their account these people did not have tickets:

As at the other events POLITICO has visited so far, Palin signed books for exactly 1,000 people before packing it up and returning to her bus, with a photo of the book on the outside, and heading to the next stop. Most people arrive holding at least two or three books, meaning that Palin is signing about a thousand copies an hour – or a book every 3.6 seconds.

None of the Palin fans who showed up to the book store in Cincinnati on Friday without a ticket were able to so much as lay eyes of their beloved former governor, who’s bus pulled up to within five feet of a back exit to the store. Thursday night in Noblesville, Ind., a crowd that had been standing outside in the rain for hours grew frustrated when after the three hours of signing, Palin headed straight to her bus.

“Sign our books! Sign our books!” chanted the crowd just before Palin emerged from the store. But only a handful continued once she walked out, while most of the crowd began screaming and snapping off as many pictures as they could.

Standing next to a POLITICO reporter in Noblesville as Palin walked out was a young married couple who had been standing in the rain and cold with their two young children – one of them in a stroller – for four hours without a ticket.

Like others in the crowd, they were chanting for Palin to sign more books, as they had purchased five in the hopes that the potential 2012 presidential candidate would sign a few more books outside of the store.

LINK

KittyLowrey on November 20, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Jamiewearingfool did an investigation and discovered it was a plant.

Annie on November 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Who, upon being upset, starts chanting? Oh yeah, protesters who are hint hint not fans.

- The Cat

P.S. I could be wrong but I doubt that.

MirCat on November 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Those people doing the chanting “sign my book” sure are intolerant of her schedule. Suspicious.

Mirimichi on November 20, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Dude, I wonder what kind of books a bookseller in San Fran actually sells.

Doesn’t paint a pretty picture…

RedbonePro on November 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Sounded more like the guy holding the camera and a woman with him(near enough to be heard) that were the only ones doing any shouting. Others were just chanting for Sarah. Mole hill not mountain.

Kissmygrits on November 20, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Dude, I wonder what kind of books a bookseller in San Fran actually sells.

Doesn’t paint a pretty picture…

Oh, they’re all chock full of drivel about Eco sustainability, freeganism and not so cloaked Marxists screeds. I swear there should be sections called “America Sucks.”

Sarjex on November 20, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Who, upon being upset, starts chanting? Oh yeah, protesters who are hint hint not fans.
P.S. I could be wrong but I doubt that.

MirCat on November 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM

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Expect it to become SOP for the rest of the tour… Easy to impliment, only requires a lefty loonatic mentality, and could actually earn street cred for the dolt lucky enough to be interviewed about their fo ‘disappointment’…
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RalphyBoy on November 20, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I don’t see the point of this article, except more Sarah-pumping. If this is the worst that’s wrong with San Franciso then the Revolution is won. We need a day (or month) off from this woman.

voxpopuli on November 20, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Racist.

jimmy2shoes on November 20, 2009 at 7:21 PM

I met Sarah in Noblesville last night and it was AWESOME!!!

She is so genuine and made sure to speak and shake hands with every book.

Love her even more now.

And she is SMOKING HOT in person!!

LordMaximus on November 20, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Pendragon Books, of Uther and & Arthur fame? Are they just making it up?

ExpressoBold on November 20, 2009 at 7:29 PM

This is soo funny! In Sf the major sellers carry everything. There are a number of used book stores that are hanging on from the 60′s. Needless to say, these little stores sell very few books, and make almost no money selling books. They usually sell various drug paraphenalia and incense and such. Needless to say, their customers are not interested in anything that does not have some sort of Dali picture on the cover.

Freddy on November 20, 2009 at 7:33 PM

I don’t see the point of this article, except more Sarah-pumping. If this is the worst that’s wrong with San Franciso then the Revolution is won. We need a day (or month) off from this woman.

voxpopuli on November 20, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Racist.

jimmy2shoes on November 20, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Clearly racist, bigoted, but most certainly sexist. *wink*

Ah 2012 is going to be fun. Howz about teh Fred on the underside of the ticket?

Mojave Mark on November 20, 2009 at 7:37 PM

I apologize.

-Sarah Palin

We want to apologize.

-MSNBC

Huh.

MadisonConservative on November 20, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Some things you carry because of freedom of speech, but a book like that is just gross.”

ewwwwww, gross.

Must be a shortage of cootie vaccine in that area.

reaganaut on November 20, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Thanks for shedding a little light, Opp. Day.
If the bookstore made a business decision, fair enough – and I can respect that. But the condescending little guy on the counter needs to stop sneering at his (potential) customers and their choices. It’s the same at my Borders – they lectured me on my book choices and the fact that I didn’t buy one of their eco-bags, so I dumped the whole lot on the counter and told them I wouldn’t be back and would buy my books from an online source in future. Loudly.

Ozwitch on November 20, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Another example how San Fran recognizes free speech to promote perverted sex, yet denies free speech to promote American principles.

Hening on November 20, 2009 at 7:52 PM

American Power tracked-back with, ‘San Francisco Booksellers Won’t Carry Going Rogue’.

Donald Douglas on November 20, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Santa Cruz
Goin nuts

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_13824520?source=most_emailed

macncheez on November 20, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Of course they aren’t carrying it…..it has big words in it.

Fighton03 on November 20, 2009 at 8:08 PM

However, down the street at Borders, customer Marc Schwartz laughed at the Palin stunt, but turned the joke on Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Zing!

Fighton03 on November 20, 2009 at 8:08 PM

However, down the street at Borders, customer Marc Schwartz laughed at the Palin stunt, but turned the joke on Bookshop Santa Cruz.

“For them, it’s hypocrisy. They’re using Palin to line their pockets,” Schwartz said. “They like capitalism as long as they have a monopoly on it.”

Fighton03 on November 20, 2009 at 8:09 PM

In Santa Cruz a bookstore is giving out a free bag of “Just Plain Nutz” with every copy purchased.

They are so full of themselves.

crosspatch on November 20, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Book banning? Oh, the irony!

Connie on November 20, 2009 at 8:10 PM

A major bookstore in NJ (B&N) had 3 copies of Michelle’s book on the day it was released, and it was hidden in the back of the store, not up in front with the other new releases.

I guess the bookstores have something against conservative women….and capitalism (they’re not making money!)

njpat on November 20, 2009 at 8:15 PM

The beautiful thing about Costco and the employees is that when they start acting like that. Tell them that those stocks in the Kirkland empire in Washington must be very good to them as they are the capilatists that let them have a job in California.

That annoys the heck out of them. And the fact that Washington/Kirkland was thinking about not dealing with Cali at all due to the business taxes there.

Little history…

upinak on November 20, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Except for the fact that Costco is headquartered in Issaquah, WA.

Fed45 on November 20, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Surprise: Many San Francisco booksellers refusing to carry Palin’s book

That’s too bad, two men in San Fran could multitask and read the book at the same time….

(sorry, that was tacky, but it had to be done)

Hog Wild on November 20, 2009 at 8:32 PM

If I recall correctly, the “that’s gross” exception to free speech was articulated in the landmark case of Ohmigod v. Ewww.

Ba-DOOM.

warbaby on November 20, 2009 at 8:43 PM

One of the things you can count on with Hot Air…
Jump to conclusions and spew left wing propaganda on flimsy input.

Beto Ochoa on November 20, 2009 at 9:00 PM

This is the same SF that had sexually oriented businesses near an elementary school but protested the opening of a “Hooters” franchise because it was a corporation.

This is the same SF whose city council spent months on a resolution to impeach “the BOOOSH” while ignoring increasing crime and homelessness and a growing budget shortfall.

This is the same SF who hired an incompetent Chief of Police based on “diversity”.

This is the same SF whose mayor was forgiven for having an affair with the wife of an employee. The same mayor who pushes gay marriage and sanctuary city status for SF.

Any questions?

Glad to be the hell out of there and in Texas.

mad scientist on November 20, 2009 at 9:17 PM

A Barnes and Noble employee asked me if I wanted to carry my purchase out without a bag “to save the environment”. When I chuckled at this she asked me indignantly what was so funny.
I replied “You’re selling me a pound of mixed paper and plastic with a paper receipt but not using a bag is saving the environment?”
No answer.

mad scientist on November 20, 2009 at 9:23 PM

So, they think that someone like me – two college degrees, an IQ of 131 and a few other things here and there – is not “thinking people”, because I happen to be a Conservative?

To those booksellers who don’t want to carry Sarah’s book: Screw you! All of you and the Priuses you rode on! I just bought my copy of Sarah’s book on Amazon.com!

Again, booksellers: Screw you!

newton on November 20, 2009 at 9:23 PM

The uppity limousine libs in San Francisco like to think of themselves as frugal, green, impressively enlightened…when they are really none of these. it’s quite an affectation.

They are maintaining “appearances” with these teeny, just barely making a profit, bookstores, but ordering from Amazon and getting the big discount, don’tcha know?

marybel on November 20, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Raise your hand if you’re concerned about the next big earthquake knocking all of California into the sea.

Anyone? Helloooooooooo?

Oh, AnnInCA, aaaannnd…well, that’s it.

HAnthonyWayne on November 20, 2009 at 9:33 PM

UPDATE: Someone did a little more homework than Hotair.

http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2009/11/roguish-liberal-behavior.html

njpat on November 20, 2009 at 9:45 PM

“Anyone who claims they can monitor national security by looking out their window toward Russia is a little off base,” the bookstore’s manager Casey Coonerty-Protti said of her dislike for the former GOP vice presidential candidate. “The nuts are a perfect statement for the politics of Sarah Palin.”

Those hyphenated women are just so much smarter than the rest of us knuckle draggers.

Sugarbuzz on November 20, 2009 at 9:57 PM

We need a day (or month) off from this woman.

voxpopuli on November 20, 2009 at 6:23 PM

No one’s forcing you to keep up.

ddrintn on November 20, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Borders released a statement Friday evening saying they had planned carefully for the event, but that three hours was not a long enough timeframe in the end.

“Former Gov. Palin was extremely gracious, and engaged with our customers and unfortunately, when the event time concluded, about 300 customers remained in line, unable to meet her,” spokeswoman Mary Davis said in the statement. “We regret that any customers were unhappy with this event, as customer satisfaction is a priority.”

Those who didn’t get to greet Palin personally were offered an autographed book plate, which Davis was “satisfactory to the vast majority of those who did not have the opportunity to meet her.”
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/21681305/detail.html

Also, according to the local paper, Palin arrived early and stayed late. http://tinyurl.com/yf396dt

Deanna on November 20, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Thanks to Pajamas Media for providing some examples of the books not considered drivel by that bookstore owner.

Oh, by the way, regarding J.Lo: The Secret Behind Jennifer Lopez’s Rise to the Top (Paperback) By National Enquirer, Sarah Gallick – shouldn’t that be The Secret Behind: Jennifer Lopez’s Rise to the Top?

disa on November 20, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Bongs and Butt-Plugs are sellin like hotcakes still though.

Rbastid on November 20, 2009 at 10:51 PM

I heard a couple of months ago that Pelosi’s book sold a staggering 2800 copies to date.
antisocial on November 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Don’t know the actual numbers sold but…………..

Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters (Paperback) ~ Nancy Pelosi
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #451,820 in Books

The Worst Person In the World: And 202 Strong Contenders (Paperback) ~ Keith Olbermann
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #112,453 in Books

Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration’s War on American Values ~ Keith Olbermann
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #85,084 in Books

Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #50 in Books

The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book (Hardcover) ~ Glenn Beck
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #43 in Books

A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity (Hardcover) ~ Bill O’Reilly
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #42 in Books

Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government ~ Glenn Beck
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #8 in Books

And at #1?

Going Rogue: An American Life ~ Sarah Palin
Amazon.com Sales Rank: #1 in Books

DSchoen on November 20, 2009 at 10:56 PM

There were what, 3 people heckling?
Conservative Voice on November 20, 2009 at 5:22 PM

And they were all white? Hummmmmmmmmm?

That settles it ALL Anti-Palin whacko’s are White Neo-Nazis.

Strait up, no way around it.

DSchoen on November 20, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Faux operation by Liberal Socialist Democrats,
video has only 2 hecklers in tens of thousands of cheering Sarah Palin supporters.

rebuttal at: http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2009/11/ro
guish-liberal-behavior.html

complainers have been certified as NObama supporters

mathewsjw on November 20, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Ya kin spin it, slant it, paint it and call it what you will.
It’s fear. This is the only way the wounded animal can lash out, cutting themselves as they do. Lost revenue. I’m likin’ it. Apparently they are unaware of online book sellers.
I understand…really I do. They are scared and have nothing that they believe in enough to fall back on. There is no substance to things the liberal believes in. All can be dismantled and destroyed in just a few hours of conversation, leaving them with only one conclusion. And no one wants to admit being wrong. That is why no liberal will debate with a knowledgeable Conservative on anything of substance. They get their intellectual asses handed to them every time. Hard to fight Truth with lies and distortion and win.

Army Brat on November 20, 2009 at 11:57 PM

WAIT! I thought Sarah was the one who banned books. I’m so confused.

ramrants on November 21, 2009 at 12:14 AM

A lot of bookstores didn’t carry Ron Paul’s latest book, even though the Dr. polls as well against Obama as Palin. (Link)

The Dean on November 20, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Thank you for that facepalm moment.

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 21, 2009 at 2:40 AM

Why don’t we talk about Sarah Palin? This site needs more Sarah Palin. P.S. Allahpundit = Todd Palin.

voxpopuli on November 21, 2009 at 6:06 AM

That’s too bad, two men in San Fran could multitask and read the book at the same time….
(sorry, that was tacky, but it had to be done)

Hog Wild on November 20, 2009

Like Rush says, for humor to work there has to be an element of truth.

SKYFOX on November 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM

The place has gone downhill since Harry Callahan and Mike Stone retired.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Opposite Day on November 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Alan,

Something about that explanation she gave you simply does not wash. Now, I don’t like to presume that I know what is in another person’s head, but what she told you makes no sense.

My guess would be that she now either knows that she made a mistake and attempted to rationalize it with you by framing it as a sensible business decision, or that she made a business decision based on some other factor which she felt no obligation to share with you.

No one in her position wants to come off as petty or vindictive, especially when conversing with someone she does not know. You called her out of the blue. For all she knew, you were a reporter searching for a follow-up story. Or, you could have been a potentially troublesome customer, fishing for grounds to make her life miserable by filing some complaint somewhere.

As for her explanation, booksellers know full well that they cannot make a sensible business decision based on what they would or would not make on ONE book. They are in the business of carrying thousands of titles, and one secret to success is correctly guessing how many of various books to carry. They have to compete with Amazon by somehow making customers believe that it is convenient for them to buy a title from them, even if it is a few bucks more than they would pay on line, or down the road.

But when a book is this hot, they should want to have it because, among other things, it brings people into the store. This is especially true as the holiday season starts heating up. Impulse buying occurs; and it occurs most frequently during the holiday season. That is a fact of retail business. So I don’t buy her explanation to you at all.

Perhaps one reason she did NOY carry it was that she feared it would alienate a key portion of her known customer base. She certainly knows that base better than you or I do. Let’s face it. San Francisco Bay area “progressives,” even ones who actually DO read, instead of just acquire books, rank way up there among the nastiest and most closed-minded people you can find anywhere in the United States.

So, if that was the case — that she heard or sensed bell-weather rumblings of hostility about the book from her customer base, and decided that discretion was the better part of valor, then it was indeed a business-based decision that she made.

But she would never, ever tell you that!

Trochilus on November 21, 2009 at 11:57 AM

“NOT” . . . sorry

Trochilus on November 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Dunno if you checked this out, read this blog article:

http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2009/11/roguish-liberal-behavior.html

Don’t believe everything people!!!! If there are trolls here, why oh why wouldn’t be trolls mixed in with the good, honest folks that are in line for the book tour?

ProudPalinFan on November 21, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Perhaps one reason she did NOT carry it was that she feared it would alienate a key portion of her known customer base. … if that was the case — that she heard or sensed bell-weather rumblings of hostility about the book from her customer base, and decided that discretion was the better part of valor, then it was indeed a business-based decision that she made.

But she would never, ever tell you that!

Trochilus on November 21, 2009 at 11:57 AM

To which I’d want to ask said seller(s): might you be thinking of stocking it “under the counter”, out of sight but available for actual buyers?

Seems to me the way to handle this is to keep the book out of sight at all times, yet agree “reluctantly” to carry it “in the name of free speech” and so on, climbing onto the 1st Amendment and playing Dr. Principles. Might this be a way to accomplish both, or is this just idle fantasy?

All this Prohibition-related thema is enough to make one wonder if there are going to be any “book-easys”, or “read-easys” springing up soon in the Bay city. ;)

RD on November 21, 2009 at 5:21 PM

You know… Sarah Palin… hasn’t really done much.

McCain, whom you all hate, picked her for VP. That’s it.

Yes I am a conservative.

scotash on November 21, 2009 at 6:01 PM

voxpopuli on November 21, 2009 at 6:06 AM

And you chose that name to troll about the #1 selling book in America?

Irony much?

HAnthonyWayne on November 21, 2009 at 7:55 PM

One of the defining characteristics of Bay Area liberals is their firm belief that they are gigantically smart and intellectual. In reality, closed-minded stupidity and repressed, rigid, dogmatic thinking are pandemic.

Django on November 20, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Those are my reflections as well. I thank God daily that I don’t live there…

Blacksmith8 on November 20, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Agree with you both.

“San Francisco book sellers” — I’m getting a sad laugh out of their suppression of option to their alleged “consumers”.

The area includes just about anything and everything from sleeping with animals and marrying your toes while worshipping Beezelbub, but they’re scared witless about Sarah Palin’s book and that it just might contain some family values and endearing sentiments.

I think that’s what they’re afraid of, that someone just might read Palin’s book and realize out of their San Francisco Bay Area Fog that Palin has written a readable and moving book.

Lourdes on November 22, 2009 at 3:41 PM

And, of course, Nancy Pelosi’s elected out of that area, so of course they’re scared as can be that someone might just READ Palin’s book. But never fear, lecture the kindergartners on placing objects in the lower intestines, no problem.

Lourdes on November 22, 2009 at 3:44 PM

The place has gone downhill since Harry Callahan and Mike Stone retired.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

The place has disembled into muck since the day of Harry Callahan and Mike Stone.

Lourdes on November 22, 2009 at 3:45 PM

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