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vacation, part II (aka - The Costco infiltration and Forbidden Cookies)

August 7, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens

For the second portion of my vacation week, it was a mixing of business and pleasure as the family tagged along with my husband to a school board conference in the Cities. While he was tending to business, I was on the lookout for parks, stores and playgrounds throughout the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove area to keep the kids on an even keel.

And of course, misadventure followed, as it always does.

We went into a Costco store, having never been in one before, and were impressed with the good deals. Unfortunately, I wasn't watching the signs of a hungry two-year-old until I saw he had opened a container of cookies we had in the cart and helped himself. Oh well, I thought as I headed to the checkout line, I planned to be honest and pay for them.

Then I got asked for a membership card at the checkout line. I told them I wasn't interested.

I didn't get it. And they weren't amused.

As it turns out, only elite "members" are allowed to shop at these discount warehouse stores. And now the manager was called up to the counter. And they were glaring at the open container of cookies and my boy's crumb-covered face.

I offered to pay for the cookies and leave the rest of the bargains I found behind, getting more embarrassed and frustrated as more workers gathered around us, a group of "intruders."

"So no one asked you for a card when you came in," the manager asked, eying my face closely.

"No," I answered honestly. I must've looked naive enough that they took pity on me and let me purchase the cookies and be on our merry way. Although when a lady wanted to see my receipt as I left, I kept on walking. I'd had enough of the "intruder" interrogations for one day.

So while the "forbidden cookies" as they were referred to for the rest of our stay made for decent munchies, I gotta say I'm glad to be back where I can go to a store and the workers there are just happy to have my business, no membership card necessary!


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