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2009-03-19 10:37:43 AM  
Wait... there are people opposed to Costco? I freaking love Costco. Wal-Mart I can understand, but Costco? Come on... great prices on beer, wine, TVs, beef jerky, bacon, steaks... what's not to love? Plus, they treat their employees very well.
 
2009-03-19 10:49:24 AM  
FTA: "They (opponents) were hijacking the site. It was just awful," Woodside said.

This quote pretty much sums up everything you need to know about this guy. "I'd love to hear your opinion, as long as you agree with me."
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2009-03-19 11:05:39 AM  
My dog wants steaks in bulk?
 
2009-03-19 11:14:55 AM  
I always get a chuckle out of stories when naive people find out, for the first time, that the internets are cruel and senseless.
 
2009-03-19 11:37:34 AM  
"As for the discussion boards, Woodside said there were some complimentary to him, but others that simply wanted to create debate about the Costco issue skewed to their own viewpoints."

Is there anything more telling than this? It was "complimentary to him" or "skewed debate" in his mind. He made it very personal, and isn't even slightly open to a contrary opinion, or for that matter, defending his support of the Costco. What an ass.
 
2009-03-19 12:09:01 PM  
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2009-03-19 01:53:48 PM  
Welcome to Costco, I Love You
 
2009-03-19 01:54:19 PM  
i can't figure out where they'd like the costco to be instead
 
2009-03-19 01:54:45 PM  
Did

Capt.

James

T.

Kirk

write

this

story?
 
2009-03-19 01:55:30 PM  
The fully supported the Costco and portrayed themselves in a civil, respectable manner?
 
2009-03-19 01:55:52 PM  
FTA: but others that simply wanted to create debate ... skewed to their own viewpoints.

ON THE INTERWEBS??? I'M SHOCKED! SHOCKED I SAY!!!
 
2009-03-19 01:56:19 PM  
Hoping for an idiocracy thread.
 
2009-03-19 01:57:47 PM  
How do I shop webs [in bulk]?
 
2009-03-19 01:59:08 PM  

HeathSteele: FTA: "They (opponents) were hijacking the site. It was just awful," Woodside said.

This quote pretty much sums up everything you need to know about this guy. "I'd love to hear your opinion, as long as you agree with me."


Not necessarily, opponents of ______ often use marginal tactics to get their point across and it is not representative of the general feeling.

I know walmart in my town was the same way. If you listened to the very vocal minority it made it sound like no one wanted a walmart, but when it comes down to it, it was a very skewed presentation.
 
2009-03-19 01:59:16 PM  
Mayor gets the dumbass tag.
 
2009-03-19 02:03:06 PM  
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2009-03-19 02:06:30 PM  
Everyone wants a Costco/Wal-Mart/insert big chain store here nearby.. they just want it not in their town.
 
2009-03-19 02:06:40 PM  
FTA: "I was there monitoring it and I was looking at every comment. I saw when somebody would join the site and then go to the poll ... and then, all of a sudden, I saw the numbers on the poll go really, really high, so I just shut it down," Woodside said.

Poll's closed!
 
2009-03-19 02:07:02 PM  
jbc
My dog wants steaks in bulk?

Hell with your dog, I want bulk steaks. And plenty of Brawndo.

/it's the thirst mutilator.
 
2009-03-19 02:07:26 PM  
The Costco had sex with a minor?
/DNRTFA
 
x5
2009-03-19 02:08:09 PM  
Welcome to Costco, I love you.
 
2009-03-19 02:11:02 PM  
Well I don't like Costco bcause I don't eat gallon-size cans of soup and don't have anywhere to store a 90-roll pack of paper towels. Plus you have to buy an awful lot of stuff to make up that $50 annual fee before you even start to save any money.

With that said, I've been to Fredericton and there's not much there. I should think they'd welcome a new place to shop.
 
2009-03-19 02:13:49 PM  
"I was there monitoring it and I was looking at every comment. I saw when somebody would join the site and then go to the poll ... and then, all of a sudden, I saw the numbers on the poll go really, really high, so I just shut it down," Woodside said.

But....But, I don't want your opinion. I want MY opinion.
 
2009-03-19 02:15:41 PM  
"When I eliminated the links, there was a person who had something to do with sex," he said.

If I remember it correctly, everyone has something to do with sex.
 
2009-03-19 02:16:01 PM  
Someone from the information technology department put the poll up?

What kind of a FARKtard is this mayor that he has to go to IT to get a facebook page made?

/wants to quit facebook
//but I just can't
 
2009-03-19 02:16:19 PM  

Wardrobe_Malfunction: Plus you have to buy an awful lot of stuff to make up that $50 annual fee before you even start to save any money.


I recoup the costs 20x over in a year. Diapers, formula, and wipes alone for our baby saves us easily 1k a year compared to supermarket prices. If I lived alone... sure, Costco wouldn't be as great... but with a family and 2 kids, it really adds up.
 
2009-03-19 02:23:11 PM  
Costco is the awesome, even for single people. Just buying 1 pair of Lucky brand jeans gave me enough savings vs the mall price to pay for my annual membership.

To be fair their womens clothing selection sucks, but for me its pretty awesome: Levis, Dockers, Lucky, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, OP, etc.
 
2009-03-19 02:24:19 PM  
FailBook Fail?
what a failure
 
2009-03-19 02:25:46 PM  
The English Major: jbc
My dog wants steaks in bulk?

Hell with your dog, I want bulk steaks. And plenty of Brawndo.

/it's the thirst mutilator.


//It has electrolytes
 
2009-03-19 02:26:56 PM  

alywa: I recoup the costs 20x over in a year. Diapers, formula, and wipes alone for our baby saves us easily 1k a year compared to supermarket prices. If I lived alone... sure, Costco wouldn't be as great... but with a family and 2 kids, it really adds up.


I have a Sam's Club membership, but I'll add my two cents anyway.

Even living with a roommate it's a money saver. We go through fairly minor stuff like condiments, bread, and toilet paper (seeing a pattern?) very quickly. With big man bags of stuff like TP, we have enough for months and months. Nothing is more inconvenient that finding out there is no more ass paper in the house and making the roommate make an emergency run to the nearest gas station.
 
2009-03-19 02:27:20 PM  

HeathSteele: FTA: "They (opponents) were hijacking the site. It was just awful," Woodside said.

This quote pretty much sums up everything you need to know about this guy. "I'd love to hear your opinion, as long as you agree with me."


Hardly. More like "I'd love to hear your opinion, as long as you stop stuffing the ballot box and screaming so loud no one else can be heard."
 
2009-03-19 02:29:37 PM  
I could live off the Costco trailmix, fungal jungle musroom pack, and their giant slabs of fish.
 
2009-03-19 02:33:27 PM  

alywa: what's not to love? Plus, they treat their employees very well.



Seriously. Costco is how the rest of those bulk retailers all SHOULD act. Costco has much better pay and employee benefits than their competitors. Not only that, but their CEO takes a pittance compared to his competitors' CEOs and straight up was quoted saying something to the effect of, 'Because I don't think I do 500 times the work of a guy stocking shelves so I shouldn't earn 500 times the salary'. Yes, he's still handsomely rewarded compared to a shelf-stocker, but he could easily be hauling home cash in buckets like many of his robber-baron counterparts in other companies, but voluntarily does not because he does not personally think it's fair.

And not only that, he's been getting shiat for years from the short-term focussed asshats on Wall Street who got us in to our financial mess! They've been telling him to cut pay and benefits for years, and he's resisted saying that he's trying to run a healthy company for the LONG RUN. A concept the financial analysts of the world seem to be largely incapable of grasping.

I know there are some ignorant motherfarkers out there, but it boggles me a bit that anyone would actually oppose Costco...
 
2009-03-19 02:35:24 PM  

gajillion: Hardly. More like "I'd love to hear your opinion, as long as you stop stuffing the ballot box and screaming so loud no one else can be heard."


I wasn't so much speaking about this one instance. He's my mayor, and a bit of a douchenozzle. When he was told by a human rights tribunal to declare Gay Pride day in town, he shut off the mic at the city council meeting and just mouthed the announcement. That kind of thing.
 
2009-03-19 02:36:22 PM  

mongbiohazard: Seriously. Costco is how the rest of those bulk retailers all SHOULD act. Costco has much better pay and employee benefits than their competitors. Not only that, but their CEO takes a pittance compared to his competitors' CEOs and straight up was quoted saying something to the effect of, 'Because I don't think I do 500 times the work of a guy stocking shelves so I shouldn't earn 500 times the salary'. Yes, he's still handsomely rewarded compared to a shelf-stocker, but he could easily be hauling home cash in buckets like many of his robber-baron counterparts in other companies, but voluntarily does not because he does not personally think it's fair.

And not only that, he's been getting shiat for years from the short-term focussed asshats on Wall Street who got us in to our financial mess! They've been telling him to cut pay and benefits for years, and he's resisted saying that he's trying to run a healthy company for the LONG RUN. A concept the financial analysts of the world seem to be largely incapable of grasping.

I know there are some ignorant motherfarkers out there, but it boggles me a bit that anyone would actually oppose Costco...


I secretly oppose Costco
 
2009-03-19 02:46:27 PM  

mongbiohazard: alywa: what's not to love? Plus, they treat their employees very well.


Seriously. Costco is how the rest of those bulk retailers all SHOULD act. Costco has much better pay and employee benefits than their competitors. Not only that, but their CEO takes a pittance compared to his competitors' CEOs and straight up was quoted saying something to the effect of, 'Because I don't think I do 500 times the work of a guy stocking shelves so I shouldn't earn 500 times the salary'. Yes, he's still handsomely rewarded compared to a shelf-stocker, but he could easily be hauling home cash in buckets like many of his robber-baron counterparts in other companies, but voluntarily does not because he does not personally think it's fair.

And not only that, he's been getting shiat for years from the short-term focussed asshats on Wall Street who got us in to our financial mess! They've been telling him to cut pay and benefits for years, and he's resisted saying that he's trying to run a healthy company for the LONG RUN. A concept the financial analysts of the world seem to be largely incapable of grasping.

I know there are some ignorant motherfarkers out there, but it boggles me a bit that anyone would actually oppose Costco...


Most companies start out like this. Then the brilliant mind behind the company steps down and they become bastards. It's sad really
 
2009-03-19 02:47:09 PM  
I actually work for Costco (since 1989), so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/seriously
 
2009-03-19 02:57:42 PM  
For the record, over 90% of all Costco management started as entry level employees: cart pushers, stockers, cashier assistants, etc. The company still mostly promotes from within. Because of this, it's corporate culture is pretty much ingrained by the time people reach the highest levels of the company.

I've worked with some great managers, and some not so great. Still, overall, I'd have to say that the company is very fair to it's employees. I know topped out people who work in the Pizza / Hot Dog kitchens that make $18+ and hour, and all employees, whether full or part time, get good medical benefits for themselves and their families.IT's one reason the turnover rate for Costco is extremely low for a retail company.

Personally, I've spent the better part of my time looking to move on from Costco, but I never found the right job. Today, with 20 years senority, I'm glad I stayed. No matter how farked the economy gets, they couldn't lay off enough people to get to me.
 
2009-03-19 03:01:10 PM  

MightyPez: Nothing is more inconvenient that finding out there is no more ass paper in the house and making the roommate make an emergency run to the nearest gas station.


If I had to ask my roommate to make an emergency run for tp while I was on the can all I'd get would be laughter.
 
2009-03-19 03:03:13 PM  

Evil Ghandi: The fully supported the Costco and portrayed themselves in a civil, respectable manner?


He fixes the cable?
 
2009-03-19 03:08:42 PM  
I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that someone would put a pr0n link on the mayor's Facebook group.

/That's Fark fail
 
2009-03-19 03:12:33 PM  

ShawnDoc: for me its pretty awesome: Levis, Dockers, Lucky, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, OP, etc.


Do they have member's only jackets?

/loves costco
 
2009-03-19 03:15:56 PM  
Just to be clear, the debate in Fredericton isn't really whether or not there should be a Costco. Most people who live in Fredericton want a Costco so they don't have to make the 2 hour drive to the closest one. The real debate is the proposed location. There is a large parcel of land called the "woodlot" that was endowed to the local university many years ago. To raise much needed funds, the university has been leasing the land to developers at an increasing rate. The local enviro-tards don't like the idea and think the woodlot should be kept free of development. They act like it is the last parcel of forest in the province. Check the area on Google maps. New Brunswick is 99.9% forest land.
 
2009-03-19 03:16:21 PM  

Doubleodoug: I secretly oppose Costco



I'll make sure you're the first against the wall when the revolution comes. Oh wait, second. Andrew Lloyd Weber needs to go first as he is my mortal enemy.
 
2009-03-19 03:17:45 PM  
The Mayor is obviously a Costco legacy.
 
2009-03-19 03:25:13 PM  
I love that place, I plan on getting my law degree from Costco.

/seriously, I love that place
 
2009-03-19 03:26:26 PM  
I just knew Brad Woodside would make FARK someday.
What a goofball. It's a complete mystery to me how he keeps getting re-elected.
/Freddy Beach ex-pat
 
2009-03-19 03:28:41 PM  

TheEvilMonkey: Just to be clear, the debate in Fredericton isn't really whether or not there should be a Costco. Most people who live in Fredericton want a Costco so they don't have to make the 2 hour drive to the closest one. The real debate is the proposed location. There is a large parcel of land called the "woodlot" that was endowed to the local university many years ago. To raise much needed funds, the university has been leasing the land to developers at an increasing rate. The local enviro-tards don't like the idea and think the woodlot should be kept free of development. They act like it is the last parcel of forest in the province. Check the area on Google maps. New Brunswick is 99.9% forest land.


Thanks for saving me the lookup - I was wondering if it wasn't that kind of an issue... the part about the poll question about UNB land was a tip-off

I find this type of issue really interesting because it's about two seemingly conflicting interests - university has unused resources it wants to use and the community doesn't want to see the resources used. Often the university just wins and gets to do what it wants and the community usually ends up being okay without any long term town/gown relationship programs, but occasionally community organizations get together and do stuff like sue. If I were still on the univeristy real-estate development project, I'd be all about following this. But I've got a new job so I'm probably going to forgot about this in about an hour.
 
2009-03-19 03:29:54 PM  

KnittingKnerd: TheEvilMonkey: Just to be clear, the debate in Fredericton isn't really whether or not there should be a Costco. Most people who live in Fredericton want a Costco so they don't have to make the 2 hour drive to the closest one. The real debate is the proposed location. There is a large parcel of land called the "woodlot" that was endowed to the local university many years ago. To raise much needed funds, the university has been leasing the land to developers at an increasing rate. The local enviro-tards don't like the idea and think the woodlot should be kept free of development. They act like it is the last parcel of forest in the province. Check the area on Google maps. New Brunswick is 99.9% forest land.

Thanks for saving me the lookup - I was wondering if it wasn't that kind of an issue... the part about the poll question about UNB land was a tip-off

I find this type of issue really interesting because it's about two seemingly conflicting interests - university has unused resources it wants to use and the community doesn't want to see the resources used. Often the university just wins and gets to do what it wants and the community usually ends up being okay without any long term town/gown relationship programs, but occasionally community organizations get together and do stuff like sue. If I were still on the univeristy real-estate development project, I'd be all about following this. But I've got a new job so I'm probably going to forgot about this in about an hour.


programs=problems

/should have previewed first.
 
2009-03-19 03:36:52 PM  
Someone snowhomished the mayor's site. Ah, that takes me back!
 
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