I've had a membership at Costco for 3 years, maybe 4. I've budgeted my family's limited income and gone to buy our household goods and groceries, carefully comparing prices and often buying those items at Costco.
I've read a couple of articles and watched a TV magazine story about the success of Costco. An American success story, the result of hard work and free enterprise. I respected the people in the Costco company.
Not any more.
While watching the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, the co-founder of Costco Jim Sinegal came onstage and declared that a Barack Obama presidency would be better for America than a Mitt Romney presidency.
Well, how about that. He's rich now because of free enterprise and capitalism. And he's supporting a marxist.
I believe in free speech, and Mr. Sinegal has a right to publicly express his preference and opinion. But if you're going to mix business with politics, you have to be willing to accept the consequences.
Costco won't get any more of my money. I'm turning in my membership card on Saturday -- that will be my first opportunity to physically get to the store.
Yes, Costco, I'm divorcing you.
Will it make a difference in the bottom line? Probably not. I'm only one membership card. But I'm no longer willing to have my money go to line the pockets of marxist-supporting liberals.
My only solace is in knowing that my bathroom is well-stocked with Costco's Kirkland brand of toilet paper, and I will think of Mr. Sinegal every time I use it.
#Costco National Card Return Day, Saturday, September 8.