Costco is suspending free samples because of coronavirus
It's the end of free mini hot dogs... for now, anyway
Costco has been the subject of a lot of news about the coronavirus outbreak — mainly because fearful people have been stockpiling food and toilet paper.
But the wholesale store hit the headlines for a slightly different reason this past week.
As fears of the virus spreading grip the US, it seems that Costco has taken the decision to stop free samples from its stores, USA Today reports.
It’s unclear how many stores are being affected by the measure, a seemingly wise attempt to stop the spread of the covid-19 virus.
Costco has so far declined to comment. But USA Today reports that stores in California, Florida and Washington state said they didn’t know when they’d be able to offer free food samples again.
"Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, there are no food product samples,” a representative for Costco in Nashville, Tennessee, told TODAY.
According to TODAY, representatives from stores in Staten Island, New York; Miami, Chicago and several locations in California all confirmed that they had temporarily suspended samples.
Whether it’s a casual meatball or the odd pretzel, Costco’s famous free samples are, to be fair, one of the main draws of going to the store. So the decision has been met with some dismay from Costco fans.
Because they've been hit with stockpiling mania, some Costcos have limited on how much toilet paper or paper towels people can buy. “We’re getting deliveries daily, but still not enough given the increased levels in demand on certain key items,’’ Costco CFO Richard Galanti, said in an earnings call last week with investors.