"...swarming like locusts ..."
Border war: Costco customers in Washington blame Canada for shopping hell
Published August 15, 2012
Costco shoppers in Washington state are ready to start a border war with Canadians, who they say swarm the big-box store like locusts, leaving empty shelves, long lines and no place to park.
Al Bragalone looks at a bottle of gin as shoppers fill a new liquor aisle at a Costco warehouse store
in Seattle, not far from the company's store in Bellingham, Wash., where some shoppers want American-only hours amid a crush of Canadian consumers. (AP)
A Facebook page called “Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans” was created last month for shoppers of the big-box store in the Washington city just 17 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. Canadian consumers have apparently flocked south to stock up on cheaper staples like milk, gas and other items at American prices.
“The lines are crazy,” the Facebook group’s description reads. “The overcrowding is causing some to be rude. We just want to go shopping like everyone else, not go on an adventure.”
The page, which has been “liked” by more than 4,000 users, features rants by shoppers who blast the crowded aisles thanks to “milk madness” and others who threaten to boycott the store should company officials not create a “special time” for only American shoppers.
Other users, however, have criticized the page’s unnecessarily caustic tone and say the real issue is a need for a larger store. Kep Oplinger, president and CEO of Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, told CBS News he was “rather appalled” by some of the Facebook postings and said the region needs its Canadian influx.
“Watken County’s economy really is reliant upon Canadians coming and shopping and recreating here,” Oplinger told CBS News. “We shouldn’t be limiting access to retail stores based on nationality.”
A Costco spokesperson told CBC News that the company would like to expand the Bellingham store by installing more lines and pumps at its gas station, but there’s no room at the current site. A senior VP told CBC News the store isn't looking to change its policy on shoppers — and that anyone with a membership can shop at any Costco store in the world.
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Give us your tired, your poor, your weak, your huddled masses. But annoying Canadian shoppers, stay the fuck home
4 more years!
This is a local shop for local people...
Is that really a bottle of gin? It's huge.
"Take this, brother; may it serve you well."
What bothers me the most about this article is that guy's shirt. WTF is the idea of a low V neck on a men's shirt to expose this guy's hairy chest? Bloody Canadians don't know how to dress.
Just wait a few hours until Russ gets on line. :dunce:
Hide it in the elephant foot umbrella stand with a hose attached.
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
Good tips, lads.
How would the fine citizens of that place react to the Brits flying over and making a weekend of it?
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