Grumpy Cat Brings a Thousand Fans to Changing Hands in Tempe

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
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.

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).

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.

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

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Changing Hands Bookstore

6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

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Steve McGrath
Steve McGrath

i thought of going then thought...whats the point? Is the cat going to sign my book? lol


That must be one mello cat. My cat would clawing out peoples eyes.


Too famous too fast....hope the grumpster is pocketing enough cash to pay for that coke habit that is coming.

Keri Mosier
Keri Mosier

You'd think he would have cheered up

Julie Peterson
Julie Peterson

No, but I was right outside eating a salad. It felt like a pilgrimage to Tibet if Tibet were in a shopping center.

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