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#1 -Vintage Canuck-

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:29 PM

U.S. Facebook page calls for American-only Costco shopping times:

A U.S. Facebook page that takes aim at Canadians allegedly running rampant in a local Costco is generating a lot of chatter from both sides of the border.


The page, dubbed "Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans," was started by an apparently disgruntled resident of Bellingham, Washington, complaining that it had become nearly impossible to shop at a local Costco due to the high volume of Canuck bargain hunters


The Canadians were allegedly lined up in droves to purchase milk and gasoline at lower U.S. prices, and the creator of the page called for a special shopping window reserved just for Americans.


"You all been there. its hard to find a parking spot. Them Canadians can be rude. The lines are crazy. We aren't on a vacation and have an RV to hang out in like those Canadians. We just want to go shopping, not go on an adventure (sic)," reads an early post.


As of Monday afternoon, the Facebook page has more than 2,200 likes and has spawned countless online debates and discussions.


Some Canadians have posted apologies on behalf of their countrymen.


"I'm a Canadian and I just want to apologize for the rude behaviour of the Canadians you guys are complaining about...when we go down to your Costco, I get embarrassed about having BC plates on my car," wrote Ross Ferguson.


Another purported Canadian, going by the name Art Buffe, said many Canadians have little choice but to go on cross-border shopping excursions.


"The reason we are forced to go shop in your city in the first place is because of the tax burdens that are placed on us up here. Right now we are paying the equivalent of $5.18 for a gallon of regular gas and $5 for a gallon of milk. The cost of living here has risen so much and many of us have had our wages frozen," he wrote.


"We need to seek out the best bargains possible in order to survive."


He also pointed out that Canadian shoppers, while they may represent an annoyance to locals, also contribute greatly to the U.S. economy.


Aimee Clifford simple wrote: "FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS."


The creator of the page eventually explained that it wasn't meant as an attack on Canadians, but rather was intended to raise awareness among local officials about how Bellingham's municipal regulations are negatively affecting businesses.


"Bellingham has laws that keep big box companys (sic) from expanding. The overcrowding in this small slow paced town has agitated people," the post said.


http://www.ctvnews.c...-times-1.912415

Can't really blame the Canadian shoppers when the prices here are ridiculously high.

Here is a link to the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook....152699958200765

Edited by -Vintage Canuck-, 13 August 2012 - 01:33 PM.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:33 PM

First World Problems, indeed.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:38 PM

It boost their economy while creating lower costs for Canadians. A win win if I've ever seen one. Not only that, Costco is huuge, pretty hard to overcrowd a warehouse where people shop off of pallets...
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:39 PM

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Some browntown bashing going on in that facebook thread.

Edited by The Brahma Bull, 13 August 2012 - 01:44 PM.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:46 PM

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Those Bellingham people should be thanking for the Canadian for shopping in their town. Without the Canadians that town would be dead as a door nail.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:48 PM

Been to that Costco several times.
If there was no Canadians the place would practically be empty.
At least 3/4 of car plates are from BC.

Edited by Jagermeister, 13 August 2012 - 01:49 PM.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:49 PM

""You all been there. its hard to find a parking spot. Them Canadians can be rude. The lines are crazy. We aren't on a vacation and have an RV to hang out in like those Canadians. We just want to go shopping, not go on an adventure (sic)," reads an early post."

DEY TUK OUUUUURRRRR JOOOOOOOBBBBBBBBS!


That is what played through my head while I read that guys post.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:53 PM

How does one determine the nationalty of a person who is rude to them?
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:55 PM

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How does one determine the nationalty of a person who is rude to them?


When an American is rude they pull out a gun.
Pretty simple.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:55 PM

One idiot in the US makes a stupid FB page = stupid. Several Canadian news outlets pick up the story in a effort to generate page views & comments = sorry state of journalism.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:58 PM

I can't help but notice that the American post they selected has such obvious grammatical errors, while the two Canadian posts are eloquently written.

CTV trying a little too hard there?!?
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:59 PM

I think this is all stupid. Don't Americans come here and use our health care?
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:00 PM

I think this is all stupid. Don't Americans come here and use our health care?


No
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:08 PM

lol is this honestly a serious issue? Gimme a break, ffs.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:12 PM

In the not too distant future, the US dollar will be our Peso.

Thanks Mulroooney and free trade?
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:18 PM

Well then, I'll take my business elsewhere.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:47 PM

They can complain all they want but at the end of the day we're a huge part of the Bellingham economy and if they really wanted us all gone, they'd be begging for us to come back once they realize how we're giving their businesses such a major boost.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:50 PM

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"I'm a Canadian and I just want to apologize for the rude behaviour of the Canadians you guys are complaining about...when we go down to your Costco, I get embarrassed about having BC plates on my car," wrote Ross Ferguson.


I hate people like this.
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Buddy I called this EXACT situtation on here two years ago and was flamed, so I guess I have a bit of hockey knowledge, not to mention the 4 years I played in the OHL idiot.


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:07 PM

There was an American that wrote about how Bellingham residents should be patient of Canadians because the Canadians bring a lot of revenue for their town.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

One guy even brought race into it. This is so ridiculous!
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:22 PM

There was an American that wrote about how Bellingham residents should be patient of Canadians because the Canadians bring a lot of revenue for their town.


Of course that quote didn't make it into the article :P
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:33 PM

Without cross-border shopping, that Costco wouldn't have been built in the first place.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:41 PM

Makes me wonder if it will really change something about the situation..


Probably not.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:53 PM

When an American is rude they pull out a gun.
Pretty simple.


Whereas Canadians resort to hockey sticks.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:55 PM

The free market simply means anyone can be a consumer without the state dictating how its economy should be run - layman's terms, I know, but if some Americans want to impose limits on who consumes products, then a big fat *HA* to them.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:58 PM

Whereas Canadians resort to hockey sticks.


I usually just sick my pet Polar Bear on 'em.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:02 PM

I usually just sick my pet Polar Bear on 'em.


Nah, our beavers are better :bigblush:
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:25 PM

goota admit beaver are better.

Modern problems.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:41 PM

The preception of Canadians being rude couldn't be farther from the truth.

I frequent the states for my shopping needs, and any bad interaction I have had, has been with American residents.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 06:13 PM

The preception of Canadians being rude couldn't be farther from the truth.

I frequent the states for my shopping needs, and ANY bad interaction I have had, has been with American residents.


Really?? I've had the opposite experience. Every time I travel in US, I find the residents to be friendly and helpful, especially when it comes to getting directions. I actually have bad interactions with Canadians whether I've been to US or travelling inside BC. I actually find people in Vancouver and BC to be generally stuck ups. At skytrain stations you have bunch of idiots who push their way into the skytrain without allowing people to get off. One time I also had a confrontation with a BC resident, because they thought my broken down car was in their lawn (which was not). Although Canadians from other provinces are really nice.
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