Woman receives Costco letter threatening membership

KENNEWICK, Clean. — A Kennewick lady is professing to have obtained a letter from the community Costco threatening to revoke her membership unless she complies with the statewide mask mandate.

She reported she went buying on Tuesday, one working day soon after Governor Jay Inslee reinstated the mandate. Then, she received the letter on Thursday.

“The envelope was resolved to me specially by hand (not laptop-produced). I was sporting a mask, all be it, under my nose. Not a single staff claimed a term to me and the test-out gal was incredibly helpful,” she wrote in a Facebook put up. “I assist privately owned enterprises and protect their legal rights to implement their personal insurance policies. At the similar time, I felt this was an overreach taking into consideration no 1 even made available a “warning” even though I was buying.”


The letter said that “until the mask mandate is lifted, all associates and their company will need to adhere to this coverage. Due to your failure to not put on your mask adequately, your Costco membership account is being reviewed to be canceled.”

It ongoing by including, “we do not want to cancel it, but if you are not ready to observe our mask policy, it will be revoked and your procuring privileges will be canceled.”

The letter also reported “our membership policies, which are out there on our web-site, condition that ‘membership may well be terminated at Costco’s discretion.’”

Dustin Petersen, a concerned father of 3, claimed he was “stunned” by the lack of transparency.

“They have a correct as a organization to do that but I also have a correct as a buyer to say that is not ideal,” Petersen explained. “I’m not even really mad about their policy for each se but I would like there would be extra transparency due to the fact persons are just baffled now, it’s all on the internet, these letters are likely out and they’re kind of just vague. Individuals need to know what their plan is. Are they likely to have their membership canceled or not?”


Signals at the entrance and exit of Costco display the right strategies to have on a mask — wholly masking the nose and mouth spot and securing the straps powering the ears and head — and state that “all associates, attendees, and workforce will have to use encounter coverings efficient 8/23/21. Members and guests without experience coverings will not be permitted within the warehouse.”

This does not, however, utilize to youngsters less than the age of five.

Signs inside the setting up browse, “in accordance with latest CDC pointers, Costco strongly endorses that all users and company dress in face masks inside our places.”


“They’re sending the letters out with no talking to individuals initially so that just rubs me the completely wrong way as a shopper. If a organization is likely to take care of somebody like that and they’re just heading to arrive out and terminate an individual devoid of to start with telling them, hey, this is our coverage? Or just check with them, hey, can you make sure you put on your mask effectively?” Petersen mentioned. “If they continue on to do this we will terminate our membership.”

Petersen additional he and his wife have been customers for the past 5 many years.

“Every time I’m in Costco now do I have to check out all a few of my little ones at the very same time to make confident they are not pulling their masks down? And then if they do that, am I going to get rid of my membership?” Petersen stated. “As a dad or mum that is heading to be really hard for me to police.”

KAPP/KVEW reached out to the normal supervisor for the Kennewick place to validate the legitimacy of the letter and received this assertion ahead of being informed to attain out to their lawful counsel:

“We have been instructed to ahead any inquiries to our workplace. We will not be equipped to do any interviews.”

KAPP/KVEW also achieved out to Costco’s company offices but was advised we would listen to a reaction again in 48 hrs.

For a listing of the entire membership principles, click in this article.


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This is an ongoing story and will be up-to-date accordingly. 


Melinda Krah

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