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Grumpy Cat Brings a Thousand Fans to Changing Hands in Tempe

The Valley's Tardar Sauce (a.k.a. Grumpy Cat) at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe on Sunday. See more photos of her appearance via our slideshow.
The Valley's Tardar Sauce (a.k.a. Grumpy Cat) at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe on Sunday. See more photos of her appearance via our slideshow.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman

Grumpy Cat, the most famous feline in the Valley -- if not the entire Internet, made its first-ever public appearance on Sunday afternoon at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe and more than a few fans were there for the occasion. Employees at the store estimate that more than a thousand people waited in line for several hours for the chance to get their photograph with the local Internet sensation, whose real name is Tardar Sauce.

See also: Slideshow: Grumpy Cat's Appearance at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, 9/22/13

People came sporting Grumpy Cat T-shirts, clutching hand-drawn pictures of the local kitty, and ready to do their impression of the cat's famous scowl. They stood in line patiently for their 30 seconds of interaction with Tardar Sauce and her owner Tabatha Bundesen.

Tabatha Bundesen and her famous feline Tardar Sauce (a.k.a. Grumpy Cat).
Tabatha Bundesen and her famous feline Tardar Sauce (a.k.a. Grumpy Cat).

Some folks, like Phoenix's Amie Peterman, even showed off the Grumpy Cat tattoo she has on her right arm.

Amie Peterman's Grumpy Cat tattoo.
Amie Peterman's Grumpy Cat tattoo.

"Grumpy Cat is my spirit animal, which I'm sure a lot of people have said today," Peterman says.

 

A Grumpy Cat fan poses with Tardar Sauce and does his best impression of her scowl.
A Grumpy Cat fan poses with Tardar Sauce and does his best impression of her scowl.

As for Tardar Sauce, she spent most of the afternoon curled up in her bed asleep alongside Bundesen as hundreds got their photos. Everyone's reaction seemed to be quite giddy as they finally got a chance to meet the cat that's starred in countless Internet memes.

The line outside of Changing Hands to see Grumpy Cat.
The line outside of Changing Hands to see Grumpy Cat.

The appearance was to promote the recently released Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book, which many purchased in order to nab the photo opportunity. The line for photos stretched all the way out Changing Hands' front door and past several neighboring businesses.

Karen Savio (left) and Christina McKay wait in line for their chance to meet Grumpy Cat.
Karen Savio (left) and Christina McKay wait in line for their chance to meet Grumpy Cat.

Not everyone was happy about Grumpy Cat's appearance. One well-to-do middle-aged woman who drove past the line outside Changing Hands in her car stopped to shout at the line, "Get a life people, it's just a damn cat!"

We're sure Grumpy Cat would approve of her rancor.

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Changing Hands Bookstore

6428 S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

480-730-0205

www.changinghands.com


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