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Costco are banning non-members from its food courts

From next month, you'll have to be a Costco member to get your cheap hot dogs and chicken bakes

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When you get that unavoidable craving for a $1.50 hotdog, there’s only one place to go: the Costco food court.

Beloved of bargain hunters everywhere, it is *the* destination for budget fare like chicken bakes and twisted churros.

You have to be a member to shop at Costco, of course, but the wholesale store didn’t always enforce that rule in its food court.

Until now.

That’s right: Costco non-members may soon be banned from getting their fill of giant pizza and very berry sundaes.

The famous Costo hotdog cr: Flickr

The famous Costo hotdog cr: Flickr

Last week an Instagram account called Costco Deals (it’s not affiliated with the store) posted a photo reading: “Effective March 16, 2020, an active Costco membership card will be required to purchase items from our food court.”

KGTV News in San Diego also came across similar signs at a local Costco and reported that “numerous” members had spotted the signs across the country.

A CNN report confirmed the news. According to the media outlet, the store said eating at the food court “always required” a membership, but from next month onwards, it will be enforcing the rule.

So you’ll have to shell out the $60 for Costco’s annual membership fee.

It makes financial sense for the mega store to begin enforcing the rule. The company has previously said that some of its popular, super budget products like the hot dogs are basically there to entice people into the stores.

But not everyone has welcomed the news, with some online commentators pointing out that Costco food courts were a good place for people in need or those on a budget:

Should Costco enforce the member rule or turn a blind eye to help people out?

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Comments (2)

  • This makes no sense. You cannot even get into a Costco without a membership card.

      10 months ago
    • well...since minimum wages have increased throughout the land, little struggling mom'and'pops like WalMart and Costco have been reducing staff, including the greeter that checks your card as you enter.

        10 months ago