I had recently seen a telecast and online news item regarding a Facebook petition by some disgruntled US-based customers of Costco in Bellingham,WA ,USA to have their Costco branch implement an “Americans Only” shopping hour rule . Reason was that they were upset that everytime they go to their Costco branch , 2 specific items have already ran out of stock, i.e. milk and gasoline. Blame was placed on Canadian shoppers who travel down the US-Canada border and had allegedly bought out these 2 items in bulk at this particular Costco branch before those other aggrieved US shoppers arrive.
Really? What happened to free enterprise? The economists keep saying that to liven up the economy,aside from job creation ,the retail spending has to be robust to which in turn will induce more manufacturing and create more jobs to help keep up with the supply and demand of wanted goods and services.
To all those disgruntled US shoppers of Costco in Bellingham,WA,USA,please listen up. Don’t blame it on the Canucks who come to your neck of the woods to shop. They’re not hurting you. They just came to shop. They didn’t come to steal or vandalize your local Costco.Besides, how are you all sure that the Canadians are the only culprits? Could it possibly be one of your own too?
Any grievances you may have, it’s best to address it to your local Costco branch. Possibly , that Costco could implement some rules like limit number of purchases per customer for example. Same goes with the gasoline fill-ups in their respective gas station.
Also,if you can, you may need to go at other days or hours when these Canucks come down to your turf to shop. Clue: They usually come down on Saturdays to make it the start of a shopping weekend. If you really only have Saturday to shop , try to come just before the store opens. If there’s a big crowd already there, there’s nothing you can do but make a beeline for the milk and gas first, as soon as the doors open.
Just don’t expect your local Costco to start insisting that everyone has to produce either a US passport or US green card before shopping during Americans Only hours. I find that to be a civil rights violation to put it mildly.
Please look at the overall picture. Some tend to look over the forests and miss out on the trees.
It wouldn’t look good on US tourism either. It will give people the wrong idea that the US doesn’t welcome visitors nor their tourist money which I think can partly help the fledging U.S. economy.
Also bear in mind that everybody has the right to shop anywhere with a few exceptions that may involve endangerment to self and to others.
And for your information, not all Canadians can or in some cases, won’t even like to go down south to shop. Considering the dollar exchange, price of gas,costs of staying over in a hotel( unless you have friends to crash through),don’t think that there’s a stampede of Canadians ever ready to be in US soil anytime. Now for those Canucks who are already down on your turf and zealously bulk-buying for bargains, I’m so sorry if it annoyed you . But think of it this way, they’re no different from you folks in trying to deal with a struggling economy by watching their wallet. Some items are also expensive here in Canada, mind you . And since they’re all driving in from a great distance , they’re making sure that they get their money’s worth(considering the price of gas!–in Canada, we’re charged by the liter unlike in the US,it’s by the gallon as you know).
When you folks travel up to Canada, I’m sure that you would want more bang for your buck when purchasing anything up north. Admit it!
I have a hunch that your Costco branch deals with the situation this way: A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. If there’s an actual purchase transaction right before their eyes, they’ll grab it without second thoughts. I can’t blame your store either because in the retail business, it’s very hard to predict how many shoppers will enter a store per day. This in turn will determine whether a shop breaks even, earns or even lose a profit or business altogether.
Lastly, remarks made from some of you calling these Canadian shoppers as “rude” is quite unfortunate and childish. I just hope such words were only uttered in the heat of feelings of anger and frustration.
Please bear in mind that Canadians though they are known to be mainly polite and laid back, when antagonized significantly, they know how to be assertive and fight back too like you people.
Your friendly Canadian neighbor,