January 17, 2013 – Fans of all ages came out to meet Legendary Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda at the Skechers Factory Store in Fullerton. Tommy was scheduled to help promote a line Skechers shoes that are casual and comfortable. Since this event was not well advertised, when I arrived there were maybe twenty-five people in line. The guidelines for the event was that you would need to make a purchase in the store that day to receive two autographs from Tommy. Many of the people in line just purchased a bag of candy from the store, which is not bad considering you would get two autographs for under five dollars. I decided to purchase some socks since they have them for a good price.
As time came near for Tommy to arrive, the line has doubled since my arrival. When Tommy arrived, the fans in line cheered in joy while others that were near me in line booed. I don’t understand why they would want to be there if they are just going to boo a person just because they represent a team that they don’t like. It really sucks that they would have the nerve to do that.
When the signing was well on it’s way, fans came out happy with their items but there were few that were disappointed in the way that their items came out. Tommy was nice enough to add “HOF 97″ without hesitation until from what I heard is that a lady disputed that she had two wristbands and that she should then receive four autographs. From that point on, Tommy was not doing inscriptions. I also noticed that since the store was not cutting off the wristbands of marking them off, some of the people that got their items signed would cut back in line towards the front. With the line being recycled by some, it made the line seem like it was not shrinking. This made the store employees react to cater to the customers that did not receive and autograph since the signing was only for and hour and a half. At that point, there were maybe seven people in front of me and they decided to change the two autographs per person policy down to one autograph per person. I was planning on getting two photos signed but since they changed the policy, I decided to get the photo of Tommy with Jaime Jarrin completed so that I can frame it and hang it on my wall.
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