Grumpy Cat, the most famous feline in the Valley -- if not the entire Internet, made its first-ever public appearance on Sunday afternoon atChanging 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.
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.
Some folks, like Phoenix's Amie Peterman, even showed off the Grumpy Cat tattoo she has on her right arm.
"Grumpy Cat is my spirit animal, which I'm sure a lot of people have said today," Peterman says.
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.
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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.
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.