(Surreptitious cell phone photo [I'm guessing] via E! Online)
This should come as a surprise to no-one: Sarah Palin and her hangers-on went to one of those celebrity "gift suites" associated with the Academy Awards and basically took everything that wasn't nailed down:
"They were like locusts," says one vendor at the suite, regarding Palin and her large group of hangers-on. "She showed up with like 20 people, and they immediately swarmed the place taking everything!"
Palin grabbed some oversize sweatshirts and tie-dyed "jeggings" for Bristol, got a blowout by colorist Erick Orellana from the Chris McMillan Salon, along with snatching up jewelry from Pascal Mouawad, Skagen Watches, Lash Food and 40 pairs of Aiaiai headphones.
A spokesperson for Aiaiai tells us Sarah said "they would be great for working out."
But was Sarah just grabby 'n' whiny for a good cause? The press release for the suite states Palin gave over $1,700 dollars to the Red Cross and planned to donate what she received at the suite to charity.
Aiaiai headphones: average price $50, times 40 equals approximately $2000 of hard-won merchandise in one grab. But it's OK because it'll all go to charity, including the "jeggings" (ugh) for Bristol and the headphones Sarah said were "great for working out." Uh huh.
Once a hillbilly grifter, always a hillbilly grifter.
EDIT: The more I think about this story, the funnier it gets. Palin failed to understand the whole point of the gift suite, which is that you get free stuff in exchange for getting photographed with or near the vendors' merchandise. If she had allowed photographs, she could have been as pushy and grabby as she wanted, and nobody would have complained! But since she refused to be photographed, the only way the vendors could make it worthwhile was by complaining to the press about her being pushy and grabby. It's so elementary! So once again it is demonstrated that Sarah Palin, because of her narcissism and greediness, is unable to understand the simplest, most obvious concepts. I'm sure she'll be able to turn this gaffe into yet another story about her being "victimized" by the media. Praise her.