Letter: Costco’s food court policy hits low-income families

Costco’s food court policy
hits low-income families

Re: “Costco changes its food court policy: You gotta be a member” (Mercurynews.com, Feb. 22)

It is honestly a shame to see this policy being implemented, as it is recognized how several low-income families rely on the affordability of Costco’s food court offerings.

Having this policy enforced will restrict a large portion of their consumers from being able to continue having access to these inexpensive options. Although this rule is most likely being enacted in order to induce customers into spending money on a membership, Costco must properly evaluate whether they would gain more profit through instilling this policy (and thus decrease the rate of consumers who purchase from their food courts) or maintaining the current rate of customers who do not hold a membership yet purchase from their food courts.

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The attention garnered from the publicity over this policy is also evidently harming the company’s image.

Charlotte Lara
San Jose

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Source:: The Mercury News – Health


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After Warren challenged Bloomberg the nondisclosure agreements his company had women sign, Bloomberg said they mostly didn’t like his “jokes.” Yes, Colbert deadpanned, “every comedian knows you have to get nondisclosure agreements when people are hearing your jokes.” He pointed viewers to his own NDA, which is very short. And Warren wasn’t done burying Bloomberg. “Wow,” he said after playing one jab. “Warren is just following in the words of Michelle Obama: When they go low, we also go low, because that’s where Mike Bloomberg is.”

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Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


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FILE - This Oct. 8, 2019, file photo shows the Netflix app on an iPhone in New York. Netflix reports financial results Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Netflix is going to start publishing daily lists of its 10 most popular shows and movies in almost 100 countries, including the US.
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Netflix is going to start publishing a daily list of its 10 most popular shows and movies – a feature that will be available in almost 100 countries including the US.

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The streaming giant has already trialed the daily list feature in the UK and Mexico – a feature that viewers in both countries found “useful,” according to a Monday blog post penned by its head of product innovation, Cameron Johnson.

Jonathan Bennett, Netflix’s communications director for the UK and Ireland, told Business Insider the feature would be rolled out to “almost 100 countries around the world” including the US.

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Source:: Business Insider


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Source:: The Week – Politics


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