Costco Stores In Canada Won't Let People Return Any Leftover Toilet Paper
Who would have thought they'd live through a time when toilet paper was the hottest item in stores? Costco Canada's toilet paper, in particular, has been in high demand during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, people who overbought during this time probably won't be able to get their money back.
Signs have been photographed and posted to Twitter from Costco locations in both British Columbia and Alberta.
The signs read, "Returns will not be accepted on: toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, water, rice, lysol. Thank you for understanding."
A blogger in Winnipeg also took photos at her local Costco showing the signs being posted there as well.
Narcity reached out to a location in Etobicoke, Ontario, who confirmed that the return policy was the same there.
They could not say for sure if this was being done company-wide, although some employees in the United States confirmed to Business Insider that their locations were doing the same thing.
One of those employees stated that this was being done for sanitary reasons, since Costco can't resell these items once they leave the store.
A number of tweets that display photos of the signs in store praised the company for taking a stand against hoarding and opportunism during the outbreak.
Props to @costcocanada for NOT allowing returns on TP, Lysol, rice etc <high five from 6 feet away🙌>!! https://t.co/pgXrGZvmiG— AlbertanEh (@AlbertanEh) 1584664392.0
Hell ya @costcocanada !! 🤩 Thank you for doing something about the moronic hoarders. #panicshopping #COVIDCanada… https://t.co/WvbIFGKRbW— KatieLynn (@KatieLynn) 1584684727.0
Thank you @CostcoCanada! #COVID19 #PandemicProfiteering #BeKindToOneAnother #WereInThisTogether https://t.co/ndSNudThA6— Tonkatsu (@Tonkatsu) 1584644681.0
Best sign today @costcocanada https://t.co/hHM3h1t2zY— Greg (@Greg) 1584641309.0
To Anyone & Everyone Hoarding stuff right now, this is @costcocanada reply to you. #FightCOVID19 #COVID19BC #COVID19 https://t.co/GBHECiVUNR— Officially HarjjiB (@Officially HarjjiB) 1584667557.0
Looks like @costcocanada isn't accepting returns on some items that people have been hoarding #YYJ https://t.co/qIPsBAuNdr— Nick W (@Nick W) 1584635231.0
"Props to @costcocanada for NOT allowing returns on TP, Lysol, rice etc <high five from 6 feet awayRaising hands>!!" wrote @justannoying.
"The best corporate decision I’ve seen all day. Thank you @costcocanada! #covid19 #coronavirus #COVIDalberta"
Thank you @costcocanada for having a “no return” policy on toilet paper & other items people are hoarding. If peop… https://t.co/ySHEnV6bqO— Tracy Melnyk (@Tracy Melnyk) 1584663720.0
Costco is taking other measures to ensure the health and safety of both their staff and customers.
This includes more cleaning of high-traffic surfaces and controlling how many people are in the store at one time.
Other stores, now including Sobeys, are taking their own measures and precautions to prevent further spread of the virus among Canadians.