You can maximize your shopping deals — and maximize your credit card rewards — by taking a trip to your local Costco to buy in bulk. This retailer has so many things besides groceries to indulge in — from luggage for an upcoming trip or new tires for your car. People love Costco. People also partake in some unsavory actions while wandering the aisles. Prepare to be shocked by these bad behaviors employees and shoppers have reported seeing at the store.
Returning a tree after Christmas
Costco has a very generous return policy, and in most cases, you don’t even need a receipt. But one customer may have taken it too far when they returned a Christmas tree the day after Christmas, complete with dried branches and missing needles.
And yes, Costco stocks Christmas trees, which may surprise some people. A holiday tree is fairly typical compared to some of the bizarre Costco products on the shelf.
Making a meal out of samples
Costco is known for its amazing samples, which is great if you’re shopping and want to try one or two different things. But Costco employees also say there are some people who abuse the offerings, with one employee admitting that he had customers tell him they only had a Costco membership to eat the free samples.
While we do admire the money-saving Costco hacks that people come up with, maybe making meals out of samples shouldn't be one of them.
Leaving a mess behind
Some of us have picked up a heavy mayonnaise jar only to have it slip and crash onto the unforgiving concrete Costco floor. Having to contact a store employee because of the mess made can be embarrassing. However, employees report that more than a few customers have dropped, broken, and spilled things only to flee the scene without alerting anyone.
Smearing sticky fingerprints all over the store
The Costco food court is known for its delicious foods, especially the churros. Yes, we love those cinnamon-sugar treats, but beware of the fallout if you eat one before you shop. It’s been reported that cinnamon-y churro fingerprints have been spotted all over the electronic displays.
Abandoning ice cream in the cracker aisle
We all might decide in the middle of shopping that we may not want something in our cart after all. But one Costco employee wishes customers wouldn’t leave frozen aisle items like ice cream on a shelf next to crackers.
Using crackers as a seat
Costco is a big store with many aisles and deals, and sometimes shoppers need a break. Taking a rest in one of the sample chairs in the furniture section is a good idea. Sitting on top of boxes of crackers, which at least one customer has done, is probably not.
Thinking Costco is a race track
Their warehouses are huge, their aisles are long, and shopping can sometimes get tedious. Perhaps in an effort to combat the boredom, some customers enjoy racing their carts through the rows at potentially dangerous speeds. This should only be done when no one else is in the store, which seems to be never.
Not putting your cart away
One of the excellent things about the Costco parking lot is that some may have more cart areas than your local grocery store. Despite this, there are customers who insist on abandoning their carts in the middle of the lot instead of wheeling it to the cart return.
Hovering over employees for the freshest muffins
Everyone loves the freshest muffins at Costco, but apparently some customers really want to make sure they get the latest and greatest. One employee shared that customers would hover over him when he was stocking the baked goods, and then they’d snatch the newest packages from his cart.
Stealing the condiments
Hot dogs are delicious with all the extras, and Costco certainly has plenty of add-ons like pickles, onions, and relish in the food court. One customer was observed at the free condiments area filling up a bag with all of the onions offered and walking away.
Costco is a wonderful place to shop and eat — and people watch. Perhaps you’ve spotted some jaw-dropping moments while shopping, or maybe had your own slip when your behavior wasn’t the best (we’ve all been there).