Fans of Hillary Clinton waiting in line for her to sign copies of her new memoir “Hard Choices” had some hard choices of their own to make – like whether to endure hours long wait with strict rules and security.
Book buyers were bluntly told they could not expect a personal message from the former secretary of state when she signed their books.
“She will not be personalizing the book or signing memorabilia,” according to a one-page, type-written handout given to all comers who showed up at Clinton’s first book signing today at Barnes & Noble in New York’s Union Square.
The lines were long – more than a block long when the doors opened at 8:30 a.m..
Customers were advised against “consuming food or beverages” once they entered the store. And if nature called — well, they had to hold it. Leaving the line meant losing the spot and starting over, the guidelines warned.
Once through the front doors, customers faced a four floor odyssey before reaching Hillary Clinton. The crowd snaked through velvet lines on the first floor and were told they must hand over “ALL PERSONAL ITEMS” on the second floor. They could reclaim their stuff on the way out.
On the third floor, they passed through a security checkpoint.
And, finally on the fourth floor, Hilary Clinton sat behind a desk.
But for fans hoping to snap a selfie with Hillary — no dice. There was to be “NO posed photography with the author.”
And if, after that hours-long wait, they inexplicably decided they’d rather not get Clinton’s autograph after all — too bad.
“Once you are cleared and enter the 4th floor, you are not permitted to exit until your book is signed,” the instructions state.
ABC News’ Liz Kreutz contributed to this report.