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  • On Bullying, Costco Disconnects from Reality

    09/07/2009 4:29:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies · 3,369+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 7, 2009 | Ed Kaitz
    Millions of Americans who shop at Costco receive the retail giant’s monthly magazine The Costco Connection. I have to confess however that my copy of the publication usually never makes it past the garage. Not so the recent August issue, which promotes on the cover a “Back to School” series of essays for parents and children. Since one of the essays promised to take on the issue of bullying, I decided to take a closer look. Bullies seem to be everywhere these days. From the schoolyard to the political arena thugs young and old have been learning that threats and...
  • Neighbors Use Food Stamps. Not Costco

    05/12/2009 6:39:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 56 replies · 1,926+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2009 | Jim Dwyer
    This October, when Costco, the big warehouse chain, opens its first Manhattan store, it will occupy a brand new mall along the East River Drive at 116th Street that has been developed with $55 million in tax-free bonds and grants. The company will be eligible for millions of dollars in tax credits for creating new jobs. But there’s one kind of government money Costco won’t take: food stamps. That policy effectively cuts off more than 30,000 of its immediate neighbors in East Harlem, who receive food stamps. Throughout the city, 1.4 million people got them in April, an increase of...
  • Starbucks, Costco Throw You "Under The Bus"

    03/23/2009 2:03:41 PM PDT · by yoe · 31 replies · 1,681+ views
    NRTW ^ | Mark Mix
    Dear (Right to Work Supporter): This week, the CEOs of Costco, Whole Foods, and Starbucks plan to throw you and their employees "under the bus" to appease Big Labor, offering a so-called "compromise version" of Big Labor's top legislative priority: the "Card Check" Forced Unionism Bill. It's vital you act right now to help fight back against their scheme -- which will leave workers vulnerable to union-boss intimidation and make you pay the price in higher costs. With our economy already blasted with recession and nearly constant political agitation, attempts to "compromise" over forced unionism really could push our economy...
  • Starbucks joins push to replace union-friendly bill (against card check)

    03/21/2009 8:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,093+ views
    KEPR-TV / The Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2009 | Hope Yen and Sam Hananel
    Three major retailers on Saturday laid out broad details of an alternative proposal they hope will fend off a deadlock over a hotly contested bill making it easier for workers to unionize. Starbucks Corp., Whole Foods Market Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. are opposed to portions of the labor-friendly Employee Free Choice Act, which would take away the right of employers to demand secret-ballot elections by workers before unions could be formed. Under the legislation, unions could gain representation if a majority of workers sign cards authorizing it. Still, the companies say they recognize that simply opposing the bill might...
  • Three Companies to Back Proposal on Union Bill

    03/21/2009 1:03:07 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 25 replies · 1,351+ views
    WSJ ^ | 3/20/09 | KRIS MAHER
    Three big retailers are expected to back an alternative proposal next week on a hotly contested bill that would make it easier to unionize workplaces, a move some experts said would bolster the legislation's chance of passage. Costco Wholesale Corp., Starbucks Corp. and Whole Foods Market Inc. are supporting the alternative proposal, according to someone familiar with the effort. Ray Krupin, a management labor lawyer in Washington said the most likely compromise would allow employees to unionize if 70% of them sign union-authorization cards, as opposed to 50% as currently proposed in the Employee Free Choice Act.
  • So Long, Santa (sanity in a crazy, mixed up world)

    12/17/2008 9:44:12 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 946+ views
    Catholic Thing ^ | December 17, 2008 | Fr. James Schall
    Costco no longer puts “Christmas” on its holiday merchandising. Sellers want us to buy to help the financial slump but the reason for buying is not allowed to appear.A student wished me a “Merry Winter Break.”A mother of four tells me that even things like Santa have disappeared, just lights and wintery scenes. I did see a Santa on Wisconsin Avenue, and you could still sit on his lap for a photo. In retrospect, the Bing Crosby singing of “Happy Holidays” and even “White Christmas” was the beginning of the evaporation of Christmas. “Don’t impose Christmas on us” means “Keep...
  • Christmas comes to Costco!

    12/16/2008 4:40:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies · 1,345+ views
    American Family Association | December 15, 2008 | Donald E. Wildmon,
    Thanks to your faithful actions, Costco is now recognizing Christmas in a big, new way! Two weeks ago, their website and store was practically absent of any references to “Christmas.” Today, you’ll find Christmas prominently featured on their website and email promotions. And, if you call their corporate offices, you’ll be greeted with “Merry Christmas from Costco!” One unnamed store manager said, “The company has received so many e-mails and complaints that they are changing all their holiday cakes to say Merry Christmas and will be saying it in the stores.” Learn which companies are celebrating Christmas with you by...
  • Costco says 'No' to Christmas...literally

    12/03/2008 4:02:46 AM PST · by IbJensen · 151 replies · 5,051+ views
    AFA Email | December 2, 2008 | Staff
    Costco has 520 stores nationwide. But you will not find "Christmas" in a single store. That's because Costco says it will not use the term "Christmas" on its website or in its stores. Instead, Costco is telling customers it purposely chooses to use the generic "holiday" verbiage. You know, they stock holiday gifts, not Christmas gifts. Last week, a customer wrote to Costco and asked this direct question – "Does Costco use the word 'Christmas' in your store advertising or on any signs anywhere in your stores during the Christmas season? That's a pretty simple question, yes or no." Kory...
  • Netnuts hide 'The Obama Nation' at Costco(crazy, juvenile action)

    08/16/2008 10:00:20 AM PDT · by maccaca · 70 replies · 200+ views
    This is absolutely crazy and amusing. Some daily kossacks were so upset over 'The Obama Nation', they went to Costco and attempted to hide the books from being seeing by shoppers. Here's what I found on dailykos. In the last election cycle, the CEO of Costco, Jim Sinegal and the Chairman of the Board, Jeffrey Brotman gave generously to progressive causes. I didn't think I would walk into one of their stores to find a copy of "The Obama Nation." My wife and I took action, and turned every copy of the book over so nobody would see the cover....
  • Violence Breaks Out at SoCal Gas Pump (Doctor grabs a tire iron, got cut off in gas line at Costco)

    06/10/2008 12:19:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 86 replies · 264+ views ^ | 6/10/08 | KTLA News
    CYPRESS -- Things are getting ugly at Southern California gas pumps, and we're not just talking about the record prices. Some drivers are turning to violence. A doctor from La Palma was arrested Monday night after police say he grabbed a tire iron and threatened a driver who cut him off at a Costco gasoline station in Orange County. According to witnesses, Dr. Antonio Reyes, 58, was among a crowd of motorists waiting in line at the pumps at the Costco on Katella Ave. around 5:40 p.m. when another vehicle cut in front of him. Apparently angry about being cut...
  • Sam's Club or Costco

    02/05/2008 8:53:16 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 29 replies · 119+ views
    Okay, I have been pondering renewing my Costco membership or taking a look at Sam's Club. I noticed that Sam's Club is further away (five miles as opposed to one mile from Costco), Sam's membership is cheaper and their hours are a little better. Which do you prefer and how do their products (meats, produce) compare?
  • Costco Recalls Dirty Underwear Punching Bag

    05/28/2007 5:54:15 PM PDT · by gondramB · 26 replies · 1,503+ views
    The Consumerist ^ | May 24, 2007
    Costco is not cool with underpants-filled punching bags. From their website (emphasis ours): We are issuing this voluntary recall notice for the TKO Sports Heavy Punching Bag with Speed Bag Combination, manufactured by TKO Sports, of Houston, TX. We have learned that the fill material in the heavy punching bag does not meet our high quality standards.
  • Costco bans guns

    10/22/2006 5:25:01 AM PDT · by sig226 · 264 replies · 5,987+ views
    Keepandbear ^ | ? | Mark A. Taff
    Costco Bans Guns Fellow newslinks editor Bruce Kraft learned the hard way about Costco's gun ban. Below is his story. Mark A. Taff . . . We arrived at the registers, and got rung out. I paid, and as we are getting ready to head out, Brian came up and said that "for the comfort and safety" of their employees and guests, he asked that I leave my gun outside. I said "No problem, sorry if I caused any fuss." I then asked if this was the policy of the Eden Prairie store, or a company-wide policy. He said it...
  • Lancaster [California] Costco first to go solar

    07/29/2006 3:34:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies · 309+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, July 29, 2006 | TINA FORDE Valley Press Business Editor
    When the Costco managers at the headquarters in Issaquah, Wash., decided it was time to embrace solar photovoltaic technology, they selected the Costco warehouse in Lancaster - from among their 480 warehouses worldwide - for the prototype project. At the completion of the project the last week of August, the Lancaster facility will be the site of one of the largest privately owned commercial photovoltaic systems in the United States, said the builders. According to Craig Peal, assistant vice president, when powered up, the system will reduce 44% of the building's peak electrical load on a peak day and "if...
  • The Wrath of Grapes

    06/13/2006 10:59:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 402+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 12 June 2006 | Stephen Bainbridge
    Almost exactly one year ago, oenophiles received the Supreme Court's decision in Granholm v. Heald with glee and anticipation. Today, however, the harsh reality is that many of our hopes have been dashed. In today's remarkable economy, with just a few minutes online, you can buy almost any product imaginable from almost anywhere in the world and have it delivered to your front door. Except wine. The history books teach us that one of our Founding Fathers' primary motives for ditching the Articles of Confederation in favor of the U.S. Constitution was fear of economic Balkanization. "[A] central concern of...
  • "Should NASCAR Be Restricted?" (Pinhead COSTCO Magazine article & poll)

    05/14/2006 1:51:43 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 9 replies · 517+ views
    Poll at link Screen caps of .PDF pages at site (I like "Tubby Thompson's" objections):

    05/05/2006 11:25:26 AM PDT · by 7thson · 15 replies · 753+ views
    I am writing this letter in answer to article concerning high gas prices, in the May 3 edition of the Calvert Independent. In addressing the high gasoline prices, I am not surprised to see the slant, or “spin,” that the greedy oil companies are the blame for the high prices. It never fails to amaze me when liberal minds continually spout the talking points spewed forth daily by the media. Why are gasoline prices high? Who is to blame? First, we have the onerous fuel blend regulations of the Carol Browner EPA of 1997, creating nearly 30 fuel blends nationwide....
  • Illegal Search and Seizures. Fourth Amendment

    02/02/2006 6:14:17 AM PST · by television is just wrong · 173 replies · 2,752+ views
    vanity...question ^ | n/a/ | n/a/
    Went into Kmart yesterday. Purchased my item. Walked to the door and a clerk wanted to go through my bag. Her position is called 'loss prevention' Is This Illegal Search and seizure??? When I have purchased something, it is paid for put in a bag, is it not considered then my personal property? Then why am I subject to having that purchase inspected upon leaving the store??? this practice is expanding. It started at Costco, many years ago, and now it is at many discount stores. Is this actually illegal search and seizure? Do I have a right to refuse...
  • Wanting Wal-Mart's $12-an-hour jobs(but Maryland Democrats say no way!)

    01/20/2006 6:33:21 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 145 replies · 3,279+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 20, 2006 | Chris Guy
    PRINCESS ANNE // Folks around here aren't too sure about the politics of Wal-Mart up in Annapolis, but there is one thing that pretty much everybody in this Eastern Shore county seat can agree on: 800 jobs at a mammoth retail distribution warehouse would be a boon. And another thing: $12 an hour is not chump change in Somerset County, Maryland's poorest jurisdiction, which for decades has seen a steady decline in the traditional stalwarts of the local economy, farming and seafood. Now, a week after the Maryland General Assembly overrode Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s veto of a bill...
  • Costco wins rulings over state's beer, wine laws (Anti-business Dem tax monopoly busted Alert)

    12/23/2005 4:37:13 PM PST · by Proud_USA_Republican · 51 replies · 1,359+ views
    Seattle-PI ^ | 12/23/2004 | Kristen Millares Bolt
    The way beer and wine is sold in Washington is going to change -- though it isn't known how just yet -- after a federal judge said in two separate rulings Wednesday that Washington's system for distributing beer and wine violates the Constitution and the Sherman Act. Costco Wholesale Corp. won a battle against the Washington State Liquor Control Board, when U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled Washington's three-tier system for distributing beer and wine breaks federal antitrust law. Among other things, Pechman said, Washington state law improperly requires that producers and distributors of beer and wine mark up prices...