Facebook page calls for American-only hours at U.S. Costco

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by manhn, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

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    I love this!

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/08/12/bc-bellingham-costco-canadians.html

    My name is manhn, and I am one of those rude Canadians.

    I go to this specific Costco whenever I go to the US with my folks (as I don't have a membership). And I can attest that the lineups for gas is extremely long--not only because of the number of people, but a lot of Canadians will bring jerry cans to be filled with gas too (you're allowed two per vehicle).

    And no doubt Canadians can be rude and pushy. Waiting hours at the border can test your patience. Also, we can only come down so often. So, we have to make sure we have everything and get everything until the next trip.

    When I cross border shop, it's not a leisurely trek. It's a pursuit.

    But I don't take up two parking spots. I am pretty sure I have seen more than 1 American commit that bit of treason.

    Any other Americans living near the border that hate Canadians too? ;)
     
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  2. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

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    I don't know why this would be a problem. Thank you for bringing your money down and pumping up the economy!
     
  3. TheGirlCanSkate

    TheGirlCanSkate Active Member

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    Exactly!
     
  4. Jayar

    Jayar Well-Known Member

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    We all do. :shuffle: I think it's the bad hair.
     
  5. Habs

    Habs Well-Known Member

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    I resent this. I am properly tiffed at all times. :drama:
     
  6. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    They can start as many FB pages as they want. I suspect Costco doesn't care who is paying them in US dollars. :lol:
     
  7. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

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    There are a lot of seasonal farm workers from Mexico and Central America in Bellingham every year. Would they get to shop during "American"-only hours?
     
  8. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    This. I'd expect the store would be doing some extra marketing to try to attract people from cross-border. If long lines are a problem, push the store to hire extra cashiers for peak hours so it's a more pleasant experience for everyone.
     
  9. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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    Why are so many of my countrymen idiots? I wish people like that would move to a deserted island somewhere and stop embarrassing us.
     
  10. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    EYS. I see even more business opportunities, like opening Canuckistani-friendly diners in Bellingham, eh? Serve up some poutine, sprinkled with barbequed moose meat and maple syrup. :p
     
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  11. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    First they go after the Canadians and next it will be mis-treatment of Mexicans. It all started at Costco. Mark my word.
     
  12. overedge

    overedge Well-Known Member

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    White Spot (big BC family-style restaurant chain) opened a location in Bellingham and it was a big failure. When we are in the US we are on a little vacation and we want to eat 'Murican food :p
     
  13. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, when I was a little one and crossing the border was a breeze, a family outing would consist of eating at the Sizzler!
     
  14. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    That's rich - like people in Washington State don't toodle on down to Portland all the time to take advantage of the no-sales-tax state :lol:
     
  15. Norlite

    Norlite Well-Known Member

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    The link is not working for me.
     
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  16. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

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    I know that I am not a financial wizard or anything, but isn't the point to stimulate an economy is to import more? Wouldn't this be an import of sorts? Dollars from another country being spent here? :confused:
     
  17. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

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    Fixed the link. Should work now.
     
  18. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

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    :rofl: I was going to tell Norlite it was because she was Canadian and could only access the article on certain times of the day.
     
  19. FunnyBut

    FunnyBut Well-Known Member

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    Not Canadians in general, only Jamie Sale and poutine. And that hatred isn't only limited to Americans 'living near the border'.
     
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  20. Norlite

    Norlite Well-Known Member

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    The link is from the CBC, not NBC.

    ;)
     
  21. liv

    liv Well-Known Member

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    Yay! We're finally moving up in the world! We're finally being called rude! I thought I'd never see the day...:)
     
  22. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

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    No, it's the knitting.

    ;)
     
  23. Reuven

    Reuven Official FSU Alte Kacher

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    Yeah, all them mittens, and the standing Os at the register...
     
  24. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

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    Me too :glamor:

    As a Canadian, the cross border shopping bothers me especially when people like my aunt are completely self-righteous about how much money they save. There's reasons that lots of groceries/fuel are more expensive here.
     
  25. Artemis@BC

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    I got the feeling, though, that they were trying to expand their empire into the US more than trying to cater to cross-border-shopping Vancouverites. Whatever the reason, though, I think their epic failure might have had more to do with the fact that they were located next to a Jack-in-the-Box. :p

    I only go to White Spot for their milkshakes ... but there's no need for White Spot milkshakes in B'ham when they have Boomers!

    One small band of rabid twits on Facebook doesn't turn me off from visiting Bellingham. I've always found it a charming little city, and the people there have never been anything but friendly.

    But then again I don't shop Costco on either side of the border.
     
  26. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

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    The issue appears to be that the store and gas station can't expand to accommodate the Canadian traffic.

    Since I hate big box stores and crowds and line-ups, I understand how the locals feel.
     
  27. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

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    To shop at Costco, this rude American living near the border would have to go to Canada :lol: The nearest American Costcos are 4+ hours away, but St. Catharines is only 25min.
     
  28. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

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    Exactly. Plus I have no sympathy. The lines are really long here because a lot of people live here.

    Makes up for the pharmacy line when the buses of seniors used to go to Canada to refill prescriptions. Do they still do that?
     
  29. Skittl1321

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    But if you hate big box stores, you wouldn't be at Costco anyway.
    I don't like crowds, so I don't go to crowded places. Which means I rarely go to Walmart or Costco. If these people feel it is too crowded, they should shop and get their gas elsewhere.

    I think it is ridiculous for Americans to suggest turning away foreign money in this economy!
     
  30. Really

    Really No longer just a "well-known member" Yay!

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    The article I read said that Costco would love to expand their location (parking, gas bays) but are being prevented from doing so by local government.

    Yeah, like Denny's...or IHOP...or Red Lobster -- y'know, those chains that already exist up here? Actually, there have been a few US-only restaurants we like, but it seems just about everything down there is also up here!

    LOVE going to Portland (actually, the factory stores at Woodburn) to shop! When the Canuck Buck is on the right side of par, it's very worth our while to shop there!

    Now, now, Jayar, you know you LOVE my perm!