I just wanted to start out by thanking all the fans that came out to see wrestling superstar Mick Foley. We were recently jeered in another paper for not being fan-friendly at a recent event, so I thought I would give a little reply back to that.
At the FYE signing, it is not that unusual to have to purchase an item to get a signature; it's pretty standard. This was a FYE corporate decision, since the event was held at FYE, and I found FYE to be the utmost professionals at this event, doing what the store wanted them to do. It is a business, so I do thank FYE and their great staff there.
Mr. Foley was more than nice to all his fans, taking time to sign a lot more than one item that was presented to him — chatting, taking pictures. So, yes, there was a little wait for the next person to see him.
There was an 8 x 10 photo provided, not a cheap piece of paper as was represented in this other jeer,(clearly hearsay). Mr. Foley was to be there for only two hours but stayed longer to make sure everyone was taken care of, then proceeded to take pictures with the staff at FYE. Sure, we did not raise a lot of money; we work very closely with the team we chose to work with, they are a class act of women and we thank them (The Angels),but after the decision to have a purchase done at the door, we were only trying to do what we could with what was presented to us. We respect FYE and their business decision. Once again, this was their store. We go by the rules — tons of security was in place for the event.