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(CBC)   American Costco shoppers declare war on Canadian shoppers by demanding American-only hours on Facebook. Claim Canadians buy too much milk. This could get sticky   (cbc.ca) divider line 189
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2012-08-13 04:44:17 AM

frestcrallen: How cheap is Costco milk anyway? I pay just over 4 bucks for 4 litres at the drug store down the street, doesn't seem excessive.

Yes, I buy bags.


Most of the time it is between 2.5 and 3 at the local costco near me in delaware. That puts them about a dollar less than any of the grocery stores.
 
2012-08-13 04:46:12 AM

lelio: Let me get the Bellingham plan straight:

1. Put in laws limiting big box stores
2. Go to the big box stores to buy milk
3. Complain when others do so


It's pretty much the American way.
 
2012-08-13 04:49:38 AM
Needed to be done
Images and directions for the use of Canadian Milk bags.

Link
 
2012-08-13 05:05:45 AM
Wow. The US seems to be full of complete assholes all of a sudden.
 
2012-08-13 05:07:08 AM
Ashley Walker-Lutton Dear lower-mainland Canadians who are feeble-minded enough to wait in line for hours burning fuel and think you are driving all that way to 'save money'; you are deluded to consider yourselves as helpful to our local economy, you are DISTORTING our economy NOT helping it! Further more you are traitors to your own country and economy!

The majority of you are ignorant of our traffic laws, or so it seems by your insane driving tactics that can only be compared to those of countries with no traffic laws at all, and cause insanely dangerous situations, not to mention the majority of you can not speak a lick of English, which is just plain annoying.
I was born and raised in Bellingham and if we could vote you out we would DO IT in a HEARTBEAT!!!! Our economy wouldn't suffer one iota, our roads would need FAR less maintenance, our trash collectors and public workers would not need to deal with your careless filth everywhere, our retail vendors would receive plenty of support from those of us returning to our local venues rather than running down south to avoid the traffic and chaos you cause. You are so ignorant and egotistical to think that you are helping us, even if you were polite and obeyed the local laws, your spending money at our stores does FAR more harm than good.

Wake up and get off of your high-horse, thinking you are supporting our economy, PAH, we don't need your 'help', we don't want your 'help' and what we have to deal with is CERTAINLY NOT worth what little your patronage does for our retail stores. Go back and stay there!

Sincerely an American with far more guns than family members, no lie.
 
2012-08-13 05:12:36 AM

Bocasio: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Americans are like the Mexicans of Canada. Yeah, we're that gross.

This may come as a shock America, the worlds starting to talk

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Yeah, these reality shows are not the best examples of americans. The same can be said about the gypsy wedding show and russell brand for england.
 
2012-08-13 05:16:07 AM
How would Canadians figure out how to operate an American milk jug? It's 1. not in a bag, and 2. comes in non-metric portions.

We need to keep Canadians away from American milk for their own good!
 
2012-08-13 05:17:28 AM

Wittenberg Dropout: WHO THE FARK DRINKS MILK??


Not these guys:

upload.wikimedia.org

/Saw Jedi 17 times, eh.
 
2012-08-13 05:18:24 AM
Wow, Americans have gotten REALLY good at complaining about EVERYTHING. We've turned into a country of whiners. Suck it up, it's just pathetic and the rest of the world has started to take notice.
 
2012-08-13 05:22:29 AM
Bonnie Giles: @linda w/ many names. I do know what the fark I am talking about. Here's an example. The Canadian government subsidizes forestry. IF a US customer wishes to purchase lumber, we are charged a tariff to make up for the difference in the subsidy your country grants you. All I am saying is that there should be a limit on how much subsidized product Canadians may buy, or add a tariff so that the scales are back in balance. I know plenty about the Canadian government. So, KMA!

How entertaining. Canada loves it when US customers buy our lumber and people up here got fairly upset when the US decided to toss out NAFTA.
 
2012-08-13 05:25:01 AM

Shazam999: Gyrfalcon: Quantum Apostrophe: The real story is why aren't Canadian prices lower?

The other real story is why doesn't Costco have a store on the other side of the border? They'd be making bank if Canadia is that short of dairy products.

Most Canadian provinces have very regulated dairy markets. Milk is fairly expensive here. I pay about $4.69 for a gallon of milk.


Jeez, is that all? Come to Hawaii* and count your blessings.

*Prices may vary by island
 
2012-08-13 05:31:16 AM
I used to live on the border, and people went over for turkey, milk and gas. The turkey is packed with as much brine as they can get in it. You're paying $1-2/lb for saltwater. Plus it tasted like salty ass. I couldn't even smell the milk from the US (Maine) without gagging. I don't know what was in it, but it just smelled and tasted like chemicals.
Plus our car, which never stalled once in 18 years on Canuck gas, would not run on gas from the US. From ME down to SC it stalled and otherwise ran crappy for 2 weeks. Got back here, filled up, ran fine.
Go south for electronics (but you lose the warranty), tires and clothes. Everything else is better up here.

/On the other hand, if I had kids $2.xx per gallon would look a lot better than the $5.70 I pay for milk here
 
2012-08-13 05:36:48 AM
This is all easily solved with the law of supply and demand. Jack up the price so the customers are around maximum capacity instead of overcapacity.
 
2012-08-13 06:28:38 AM
Meh. If Canadians are unwelcome there, they can stay home... and then the town will cry as it shuts down due to lack of foreign cash.
 
2012-08-13 06:49:22 AM

TV's Vinnie: How would Canadians figure out how to operate an American milk jug? It's 1. not in a bag, and 2. comes in non-metric portions.

We need to keep Canadians away from American milk for their own good!


We don't actually use the metric system you know that right, only for temperature and highway speed, we use inches,feet,and pounds for everything else.

Also fairly sure we can figure out how to open zee screw top smart arse
 
2012-08-13 06:50:54 AM
If the Bellingham Costco gets US shopper only hours, I want the Portland Costco to get Oregonian only hours. That place is packed all the time with Vancouverites avoiding WA sales tax. Since we don't have sales tax, we really don't get that much benefit from this relationship. Just super crowded Costco.
I sometimes drive to Costco in Vancouver and show my Oregon ID and they waive the sales tax on everything but booze. That store is nice. Rarely crowded, always clean. Just takes me an extra 20 minutes to drive there.
 
2012-08-13 06:53:01 AM

BradleyUffner: Some just complain about Canadians being rude.

Everything I know about Canada tells me this story must be a fake.


To be fair these are WESTERN Canucks.

BC is kind of like California but with less money.

/Alberta is Canada's Florida
 
2012-08-13 07:30:24 AM

CitizenTed: insertsnarkyusername: Jesus farking christ, I live in Bellingham. The one time we make Fark it's because of the mouthbreathers at costco.

I do, too. And I'm sick and tired of the retarded yahoos complaining about Canadians spending their money in Bellingham. "They drive too fast!" "They drive to slow!" "They clog the roads when buying our products!" "A Chinese lady from Canada was rude to me!"

As a long-time Bellingham resident, all I can say is STFU. Without the Canadian trade, we couldn't support the goddamn Costco. Our beloved milquetoast shopping mall would close. And your stupid truck-driving ass would be out of a job. So next time you see a Canadian at Costco, thank them, shake their hand and buy them a disgusting Costco hot dog. It's the least you can do for the people that breathe life into this town.


I actually don't shop at Costco, I worked there as a kid and they have labor and food safety practices I don't agree with. But I also remember crossing the border to shop when our money was actually worth something. Seeing as I felt nothing but welcomed in Canada I can't help to welcome them here. Plus they can have all the farking milk they want, we have plenty of local dairy farms. It's stores not wanting to get the extra fridge space and buy the extra inventory that's the problem.

/Seriously people they are Canadian, how farking xenophobic do you have to be to be against someone who is almost exactly like you culturally.
 
2012-08-13 07:31:46 AM
Surely Costco will get right on that.

"Oh, you'd like us to prevent the people buying the most product from entering the store? Might we suggest you go fark yourself and die? Thanks for shopping Costco. American flags are on sale this week."
 
2012-08-13 07:36:53 AM

spqr_ca: The President of the Chamber of Commerce has a clue, the others? Not so much. Also Kudos to Costco to sticking to their guns, a member is a member. Sears might like to buy a clue on that front.


The smart thing for Costco would be to just build another store to meet the demand. Shocking.
 
2012-08-13 08:06:58 AM
Not sure how true this is, but a bunch of years back, Canadians were wanting hours only for them at the Prime Outlets (then factory outlet mall) in Niagara Falls, NY. We all laughed.

Now, since living in Canada, I understand the cross border shopping thing. I do all of my shopping when I go home to visit my folks/brother.

I do understand the anger though. Bunch of rude folks invading on the weekends, leaving a trail of shoe boxes and garbage in their path. My wife apologizes to my friends/etc for "her people" all the time.

Quick case of my roof rack.. Thule roof rack up here would have cost me twice what I paid for it when I went home this past weekend. Not to mention double the sales tax. Anything big, I buy when I go home. Our next car purchase? Sure as heck won't be buying it in Canada, that's for sure. Even after paying import fees, we still would save thousands of dollars.

/Sure wish I could have James Bond-ish license plates so I could flip back to my NY plates when I'm home so I didn't get scowled at.
//At least I don't leave my garbage in the parking lots.
 
2012-08-13 08:14:01 AM

MadAzza: Shazam999: Gyrfalcon: Quantum Apostrophe: The real story is why aren't Canadian prices lower?

The other real story is why doesn't Costco have a store on the other side of the border? They'd be making bank if Canadia is that short of dairy products.

Most Canadian provinces have very regulated dairy markets. Milk is fairly expensive here. I pay about $4.69 for a gallon of milk.

Jeez, is that all? Come to Hawaii* and count your blessings.

*Prices may vary by island


Pfft, any place that looks like a cumshot from above doesn't deserve to be taken seriously.
 
2012-08-13 08:30:33 AM

Sim Tree: Quantum Apostrophe: The real story is why aren't Canadian prices lower?

Because the US dollar has fallen from $1.54 per Canadian loonie to 99¢/per over the last decade. So with the exchange rate, it's as if everything is ~40% off.


Don't forget U.S. farm subsidies. In the land of no government handouts, the U.S. some of the highest subsidies in the world (yes, yes, citation needed).
 
2012-08-13 08:30:39 AM

FunkOut: Hah. But seriously, I could buy organic chocolate soy milk for cheaper than real milk. That was farked up.


Not much better in Toronto for 2L, at least at the local No-Frills or Loblaws. I can't recall the last time I paid less than $4 for a 2L carton of regular milk, let alone the lactose-free stuff the wife needs.
 
2012-08-13 08:44:51 AM

MadAzza: Shazam999: Gyrfalcon: Quantum Apostrophe: The real story is why aren't Canadian prices lower?

The other real story is why doesn't Costco have a store on the other side of the border? They'd be making bank if Canadia is that short of dairy products.

Most Canadian provinces have very regulated dairy markets. Milk is fairly expensive here. I pay about $4.69 for a gallon of milk.

Jeez, is that all? Come to Hawaii* and count your blessings.

*Prices may vary by island


China checking in. It's about $7-8 per gallon (bought by the liter) if you want to play "is it tainted with melamine this week?" Russian roulette with milk from a Chinese dairy, or $11-13 per gallon if you want four-month-old shelf-stable UHT milk from some place like New Zealand. Not long ago I found some nearing expiration for about $6/gallon and bought all I could carry because it was such a smoking deal.

$4.69 per gallon for fresh, safe milk would have me emptying the pallet like a Canuck on his first trip to a Bellingham Costco.
 
2012-08-13 08:45:40 AM
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2012-08-13 08:56:07 AM
farking Canadians. Let them drink Malk.

\now with Vitamin R!
 
2012-08-13 08:59:42 AM

BradleyUffner: Some just complain about Canadians being rude.

Everything I know about Canada tells me this story must be a fake.


The stereotype about Canadians being nice is not entirely untrue, but it's misleading. In most ways, they're as mean as anyone else, but compared to Americans less explicit and direct about it. They are instead often passive-aggressive, sarcastic, and subtly insulting. Think of it as the difference between a knife and a jar of battery acid: which would you rather have thrust into your face?

But most Canadians I've met *are* objectively nicer than, say, New Yorkers. But that's not really about Canada as a country. It's got to do with the fact that the majority of Canadians are from lower Ontario. Culturally, they're very similar to American Midwesterners. And American Midwesterners are usually nicer than American Coasties, like me. If the majority of Americans lived in the same border region, instead of where most of us do right now, the differences would probably be much less notable.
 
2012-08-13 09:21:00 AM
Obviously, the ignorant, mouthbreathing teabilliys posting that stupid shiat on Facebook are not from Bellingham.

They're from Lynden.
 
2012-08-13 09:28:38 AM
Got Milk?
 
2012-08-13 09:35:33 AM
In fairness to the townies, British Columbia has imported a significant number of people over the past couple of decades that bring their own mannerisms and customs. Spitting, burping, pushing unfortunately is a cultural relativity.
 
2012-08-13 09:39:12 AM
biatches, please....

http://prideinmadness.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/would-you-pay-105-for- b ottled-water/
 
2012-08-13 09:39:22 AM

svenge: frestcrallen: How cheap is Costco milk anyway? I pay just over 4 bucks for 4 litres at the drug store down the street, doesn't seem excessive.

Yes, I buy bags.

You do realize that 4 liters = 1.05 gallons, right? I live in Washington state, and even milk at standard grocery stores (e.g. Safeway) can readily be bought at $2.50 / gallon. In short, you're being hosed.


Sheep shiate! We are getting hosed - in Nova Scotia, we be ~5.69 for that....feckers
 
2012-08-13 09:46:56 AM

jaylectricity: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Blast it! Hoisted by my own basic cable petard.

It's funny how memories surface at random times. Happy early/belated birthday. Don't worry, it didn't cost me a penny.


Thanks! Much appreciated dude
 
2012-08-13 09:54:17 AM

stiletto_the_wise: LOL, you think that's bad, come to any Costco in the south SF Bay Area, when the Indians and Chinese are at full strength. You won't be able to even push a cart through the store with everyone lined up for free samples and generally not paying attention to (or caring about) who they're holding up.


That occurs in Canada, too. Try shopping at the Richmond Costco; it's where Chinese people go to feed their family a free lunch.
/and don't get me started on Ikea's .99 breakfast...
 
2012-08-13 09:58:23 AM

change1211: Ashley Walker-Lutton Dear lower-mainland Canadians who are feeble-minded enough to wait in line for hours burning fuel and think you are driving all that way to 'save money'; you are deluded to consider yourselves as helpful to our local economy, you are DISTORTING our economy NOT helping it! Further more you are traitors to your own country and economy!

The majority of you are ignorant of our traffic laws, or so it seems by your insane driving tactics that can only be compared to those of countries with no traffic laws at all, and cause insanely dangerous situations, not to mention the majority of you can not speak a lick of English, which is just plain annoying.
I was born and raised in Bellingham and if we could vote you out we would DO IT in a HEARTBEAT!!!! Our economy wouldn't suffer one iota, our roads would need FAR less maintenance, our trash collectors and public workers would not need to deal with your careless filth everywhere, our retail vendors would receive plenty of support from those of us returning to our local venues rather than running down south to avoid the traffic and chaos you cause. You are so ignorant and egotistical to think that you are helping us, even if you were polite and obeyed the local laws, your spending money at our stores does FAR more harm than good.

Wake up and get off of your high-horse, thinking you are supporting our economy, PAH, we don't need your 'help', we don't want your 'help' and what we have to deal with is CERTAINLY NOT worth what little your patronage does for our retail stores. Go back and stay there!

Sincerely an American with far more guns than family members, no lie.


I remember when the US dollar was worth significantly worth more than the Canadian dollar. At this time, it seemed that every significant business in Bellingham was offering "Canadian money at par" in an attempt to lure Canadian consumers (who were avoiding shopping in the States due to the dollar). So which is it? Do you want our money, or don't you?
 
2012-08-13 10:00:48 AM
I don't have any problem with most Canadians, just the ones that come down to shop in Niagara Falls and leave old discarded clothing all over the parking lots. Then again, Niagara Falls, NY is kind of a shiathole to begin with, so I guess it's no big difference.
 
2012-08-13 10:09:22 AM
It's just a short trip from BC to Texas. Come on down. We'll fly your flag right next ot the US flag, Texas flag, Mexican flag at the shopping malls. We like the border when it comes to shoppers.
 
2012-08-13 10:27:05 AM

FunkOut: svenge: frestcrallen: How cheap is Costco milk anyway? I pay just over 4 bucks for 4 litres at the drug store down the street, doesn't seem excessive.

Yes, I buy bags.

You do realize that 4 liters = 1.05 gallons, right? I live in Washington state, and even milk at standard grocery stores (e.g. Safeway) can readily be bought at $2.50 / gallon. In short, you're being hosed.

When I lived in Newfoundland, milk was $4 for 2 litres. That was expensive.


It's close to 6$ for the 4 liters bags here in Ottawa... it's pretty ridiculous.
 
2012-08-13 10:27:34 AM

gaslight: Well if someone hadn't deregulated their banks, maybe they'd have some money to spend.



Our banks are STILL heavily regulated. We're just frugal.
 
2012-08-13 10:34:22 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: The real story is why aren't Canadian prices lower?


Unlike Americans we have taxes to pay for government things. I consider cross border shoppers disloyal. I find it funny that Bellingham is complaining again. The last time was when the Canadian dollar tanked in 90 or 91, they asked "Where did the Canadians go, I'll go out of business?" They just like to biatch. Build another Costco so everyone can be happy until the dollar tubes again.
 
2012-08-13 10:42:56 AM
Cut the American Costco shoppers a break. They just don't want to see Don Cherry that early in the morning...

mode34b.com
 
2012-08-13 11:03:29 AM

taurusowner: Just look at your life and ask "How much do I rely on others to live?" and "If I didn't have those others to rely on, how would my family and I make it?" And then start making some changes in your life so that the answers to those questions are a lot more positive. If the water in your whole area got shut off tomorrow and didn't come on for 3 weeks, where would you get water? If all of the immediate-inventory at the grocery store and Wal-Mart didn't get restocked again for a month, do you have what you need now? If you lost power for 10 days right now, what would you do to stay cool/warm, nourished, healthy and connected with your family?


It's called living in civilization. I choose to pay taxes and live in civilization BECAUSE I don't care to stock up on food and water, a fortress to keep out looters, and have 50 car batteries in my garage for emergency power. A lot of other people happen to agree, too. Because of this, the water will not be shut off tomorrow. The food will be re-stocked tomorrow. There's not going to be a Mad Max apocalypse in the streets tomorrow. I know this because lots of people pay to make sure civilized society happens.

What the Survivalists (or the Preparers, or whatever they're calling themselves now) don't get is that people like relying on others, and it works, and regardless of their political views, people will work together to keep the systems that we rely on running. They pretty much run themselves anyway, with a small amount of human oversight. Nation-wide civilized society is not just going to fall apart one day. The shiat Is Not Going To Hit The Fan, regardless of how much these guys masturbate over the thought of it.
 
2012-08-13 11:13:17 AM

GavinTheAlmighty: FunkOut: Hah. But seriously, I could buy organic chocolate soy milk for cheaper than real milk. That was farked up.

Not much better in Toronto for 2L, at least at the local No-Frills or Loblaws. I can't recall the last time I paid less than $4 for a 2L carton of regular milk, let alone the lactose-free stuff the wife needs.


I got a raw deal, wife and both kids are lactose intolerant. Luckily there are a large number of grocery stores out where I live in St. Hazel-Land suburbs that are willing to sell stupidly expensive 'Almond drink' to my family.

Me: "Groceries were HOW much?"
Her: "I bought the kids' milk."
Me: *grrrr stupid DNA*
 
t8p
2012-08-13 11:22:07 AM
America has cheaper milk because they're trying to unload their rBGH tainted swill.
 
2012-08-13 11:39:08 AM
That little map that accompanies the article speaks volumes.

Bellingham is clearly a suburban dot on the map, across the border from one of the world's great cities. It's Tijuana to Vancouver's LA.

The difference being that the cloud of Smug that floats over the Land of the Lotus Eaters is thicker than any place in North America, including Victoria, BC; Fredericton, NB, San Fran and LA itself.

Yes, Vancouver is so smug that it leaves Canadians speechless. Well, except for Albertans or Quebequers maybe. They may be many things but they are NEVER speechless.

I can feel for the poor benighted Yanks, but really, you can't discriminate against people on their race, nationality, place of origin or colour of their money--especially when they are bigger than you are.

And that's the charming thing about the US border. Sometimes it's the Big Bad Canadians who are rude and stupid. Well, actually I am constantly POed at Canadians. Sadly, I have lived almost my entire life surrounded by them, except for a few trips abroad and a couple of years of university in France and Switzerland. Travel broadens the mind and if you are lucky enough to visit a country with decent cuisine, the buttocks.

At least Canadians don't normally take up as much room as Americans, despite the occasional feckless parker in a parka. I'm sure that not all smug Canadians park as badly as the example shown. That's just mini-van drivers. They are the same everywhere, except Somalia and Afghanistan, where they are worse.
 
2012-08-13 11:46:05 AM
Last time I went to the 'States was about 10 years ago. Went to East Lansing for a MSU/Michigan football game. It was a good time, the girls were slutty and dumb (the way I liked 'em back then) and the booze was cheap. Fast forward to today, I have family who live in Holland MI who invite me down all the time. I will not cross that border, no siree. I might get accosted by an angry 'Merikan all pissed off that I'm trying to spend my money in their country.

Apparently my money is tainted with the evils of socialism, or some such business.

/Remember being really confused at a Big Boy because the distance between the bench and the table was mammoth
//immediately understood when the early bird special was on and the place was jammed by a herd of pachyderms
 
2012-08-13 12:20:54 PM

clear_prop: my gf lives in BC


Yeah, my girlfriend is from Canada, too. So you, uh, you wouldn't have met her.
 
2012-08-13 12:31:01 PM

WhippingBoy: I remember when the US dollar was worth significantly worth more than the Canadian dollar. At this time, it seemed that every significant business in Bellingham was offering "Canadian money at par" in an attempt to lure Canadian consumers (who were avoiding shopping in the States due to the dollar). So which is it? Do you want our m ...


Remember, it's the other customers complaining, NOT the businesses or municipalities - they love it.
 
2012-08-13 12:44:48 PM

carnifex2005: Moonfisher: Instead of discriminating against customers who are members of their little club, why not just carry more friggen milk?

They have. Too bad our appetite for cheap milk is insatiable.


They're actually trying to expand, and the FB page even noted that. There's just local laws in the way.
 
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