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He Berated Shoppers for Mask Remark. Now, Repercussions

Daniel Maples, said to be a top salesman at Florida's Ted Todd Insurance, has been fired

(Newser) - A Florida man seen screaming at a Costco customer who asked that he wear a mask in line with company policy has lost his job. Ted Todd Insurance identified the man seen in a video viewed more than 11 million times as Daniel Maples, who's described in a biography... More »

Costco Worker Praised for Handling of Maskless Customer

He calmly took man's shopping cart away

(Newser) - "I'll just put you on my 3,000-follower Instagram feed, mostly locals," an irate customer warns a Costco worker wearing a "Tison" name tag after being asked to wear a mask. The video has now been seen by almost 9 million people—and Tison is being... More »

Meat Shortage Affecting One Fast-Food Chain's Menus

Some Wendy's locations don't have burgers

(Newser) - Despite President Trump's executive order dictating that meat processing plants stay open , the specter of meat shortages is being felt across the US—and customers of at least one fast-food chain are taking notice. Bloomberg notes that Wendy's has long advertised itself as offering hamburgers made from fresh... More »

Costco Shoppers, Things Are About to Change

The retail giant wants you to cover your face inside stores

(Newser) - Costco shoppers, gear up for Monday. That's when the retail giant will begin requiring workers and shoppers to wear masks or face coverings, USA Today reports. "The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing," the company says... More »

Costco Draws the Line on Customers

The retail giant limits how many shoppers can enter on a membership card

(Newser) - Costco shoppers, take note: The retail giant says starting Friday it will only allow up to two people inside stores on each membership card, USA Today reports. The company—which has seen huge lineups amid waves of panic buying— announced Wednesday that the "temporary change is for your safety... More »

Thief's Patience Is Worth $13K in Jewelry

Atlanta-area authorities are asking for people's help

(Newser) - A patient thief managed to make off with $13,000 in jewelry from a Costco after it closed, Fox 5 Atlanta reports. Investigators say the man cased the Atlanta-area store Oct 10, came back a few hours later, hid behind a display by the front wall, and waited there for... More »

Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Man Learns His Fate

Officer Salvador Sanchez won't be charged

(Newser) - An off-duty Los Angeles police officer will not be charged for fatally shooting a mentally ill man who had attacked him and his young son from behind in a California Costco, the AP reports. In announcing a grand jury's findings, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Officer Salvador... More »

Costco's China Opening Descends Into Chaos

Store says it will limit numbers in future

(Newser) - Amid the US-China trade war, one American business had an extremely popular launch in China on Tuesday. Maybe too popular. Costco had to close its first location in the country early on the afternoon of its opening day amid scenes resembling Black Friday chaos, the BBC reports. Video from the... More »

Costco's Big Secret: It Doesn't Play by the Rules

It could be charging way more but just doesn't

(Newser) - To say that Costco has a legion of fans is no exaggeration: More than 51 million people ponied up more than $3 billion in membership fees in 2018 to get access to the chain and its mega-discounts. At the Hustle , Zachary Crockett looks at what's driving the cultish devotion... More »

Police Officer: Here's Why I Opened Fire at Costco

He was 'fighting for his life,' his lawyer says

(Newser) - A lawyer for the family of a man fatally shot at a California Costco conceded that the man pushed a police officer. They were standing in line for food samples at the time, and the father of Kenneth French, 32, stepped between his son and the off-duty officer. "His... More »

Costco Victim's Cousin: 'The Truth Will Come Out!'

Kenneth French had an intellectual disability, his cousin says

(Newser) - The Costco shooting victim was a mentally disabled "gentle giant" unlikely to intimidate anyone, his cousin insists. "I'm not keeping quiet about this! People need to know! This is my family!" writes Rick Shureih on Facebook after Kenneth French, 32, was shot dead Friday at a... More »

Off-Duty Police Officer Opened Fire at Costco

The officer was treated for minor injuries

(Newser) - An off-duty Los Angeles police officer discharged his firearm during a Costco shootout Friday evening that killed one person and injured three others, the AP reports. It was not immediately clear whether the unidentified officer was the only person who fired shots inside the Southern California store Friday night or... More »

They Were Shopping at Costco. Then, 'Pop, Pop, Pop'

1 dead, 2 injured after shooting at California store

(Newser) - An argument at a Southern California Costco turned deadly Friday evening, with a suspect now in custody. The AP reports one person was killed as a result of the altercation, while a release from the Corona Police Department notes three others were injured from the gunfire, including an off-duty officer... More »

Guy's Shopping Video Nets 6.5M Hits

But Tom Musto seems humble about the sudden attention

(Newser) - A lot of people are feeling the love for Tom Musto—and you have to see this to know why. The California dad appeared in a Twitter video last Sunday gushing over the prices from his first trip to Costco, Fox News reports. "Nine dollars!" he exclaims, holding... More »

Speed Is a Perk at America's Favorite Grocery Store

It also touts a 'rich private brand offering'

(Newser) - "Your neighborhood grocery store" is also your favorite, according to dunnhumby's second annual Retailer Preference Index . Some 7,000 US households were surveyed on 56 of the largest grocery stores to find out which have the top mix of financial performance and consumer emotional attachment. Consumers—who reported... More »

No Refills Needed With Costco's 4-Foot Wine Glass

'I can literally drink my height in wine'

(Newser) - If this Amy Schumer skit left you dreaming of owning your own massive wine glass, Costco has you covered. In time for the holidays, the retailer is hawking a 46-inch-tall wine glass with an in-store price of $79.99, or $99.99 with shipping. Though the packaging shows the glass... More »

Black Friday Sales to Watch Out For

Including $99 laptops and a $190 PS4

(Newser) - Retailers including Sears, Kmart, and Target are kicking off holiday sales early this year as a report finds more shoppers plan to spread out their purchases, reports USA Today . Then there are those hoping to draw the Black Friday crowds. Though Nov. 24 is still weeks away, these retailers are... More »

Pick Up Your Premade Apocalypse Kits at ... Costco

Warehouse chain, others offer 'emergency food by the pallet' for survivalists

(Newser) - The end of the world didn't arrive on Sept. 23 as foretold ( by some ), but if you're still hedging your bets on a rescheduled apocalypse or other disaster that may put you in a bunker, you may want to stop by Costco. The Detroit Free Press ... More »

Selling 'Tiffany' Engagement Rings Just Cost Costco $19.4M

Judge rules against warehouse club, which sold jewelry using Tiffany brand name

(Newser) - A federal judge's decision on trademark infringement likely has Costco executives feeling blue—but definitely not Tiffany blue. Per CNBC , US District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled Monday the warehouse club must fork over $19.4 million in damages, plus interest, to the luxury jeweler for selling diamond engagement... More »

This CEO Gives His Warehouse Workers Top Perks, Too

Boxed pays for weddings and unlimited parental leave

(Newser) - When Boxed co-founder and CEO Chieh Huang first pitched his unconventional and highly generous benefits plan to investors a few years ago, some said, "What the hell are you doing?" His company, which takes on the likes of Costco to offer low-cost online bulk purchases with two-day delivery and... More »

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