The Biggest Scandals To Ever Hit Costco

The Biggest Scandals To Ever Hit Costco


Costco has had some pretty large-scale scandals
in the headlines. They’ve centered around everything from their
pharmacy to their hot dogs, but their customers have mostly stuck with them through it all. These are the biggest scandals Costco has
endured. In 2013, jewelry giant Tiffany & Co. filed
a lawsuit against Costco. According to the suit, Costco’s in-store signage
identified their rings as “Tiffany”, and misled customers into thinking they were buying authentic
Tiffany jewelry. The problem? Tiffany had no agreement whatsoever with Costco,
and the lower-priced rings weren’t actually from Tiffany. Costco claimed they were simply using the
term “Tiffany” to refer to the style of the ring and not the brand. They never branded any rings, bags, or boxes
with the Tiffany name or logo, didn’t use the well-known blue packaging, and didn’t
use the name on their web site. Tiffany used that all against them, arguing
that made it easier for them to slip under the radar. In 2015, CNN reported that a judge had ruled
Costco was guilty of, quote, “trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting.” They were hit with a massive fine of more
than $19 million, which Bloomberg reported they were appealing. Costco faced an uphill battle, because it’s
been declared that their signage and their imitation of Tiffany styles represented, quote,
“a bad faith intent to deceive customers,” which is never good for a business. “There’s the ring.” “Holy s—! Is that real?” “Yep. You know what they say, three years’ salary.” The roots of this one go back to 2014, when
The Guardian launched an investigation into the shrimping industry in Thailand. The six-month investigation uncovered some
dark things about CP Foods, who supplied shrimp not only to Costco, but also to Walmart and
several major European chains. Former slaves had testified that when they
paid brokers to find them work, they were instead sold to boat captains who then passed
them on to companies that supplied the CP Foods food chain. There were reports that they were held captive
at sea for years, witnessed beatings and executions, and were forced to work 20-hour shifts while
fueled up on meth. Some were working on ships that farmed so-called
“trash fish,” which were then fed to the farmed shrimp that eventually ended up on grocery
store shelves. Three law firms in California filed a lawsuit
against Costco to block the sale of shrimp connected with the Asian slave trade, but
the 2015 lawsuit was ultimately dismissed in 2017. Reuters reported that it was ruled, “[The suit] failed to establish that the world’s
second largest retail chain was bound to inform customers that modern-day slavery could be
part of its supply chain.” First, a little background on how pharmacies
work. When it comes to generic drugs, some chain
pharmacies will demand payments from drug companies for stocking their particular brand
of medication. They’re called “pharmacy rebates,” and it
ultimately means people pay more for the medicine they need. Thanks to these rebates, Canadians pay some
of the highest drug prices in the world for generics. But in 2013, the province of Ontario made
the practice illegal. Only, one salesman from Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals
says the practice didn’t stop at Costco. His accusations and his recorded phone call
with a Costco executive who said Ranbaxy wasn’t paying them enough to put their drugs on its
shelves triggered a major investigation, says CBC. Costco was accused of receiving around $1.2
million Canadian dollars in illegal payments in a kickback scheme. The two Costco pharmacy execs named were fined
by the Ontario College of Pharmacists, and even as the accusations turned into a provincial
investigation, Costco denied any wrongdoing. They issued a formal statement saying they
decided to stop giving kickbacks to pharmaceutical companies of their own accord after an internal
investigation, but they were still fined over $7 million Canadian dollars in February 2019. Hillandale Farms was supplying Costco and
other retailers with a huge percentage of their eggs, and when grisly undercover footage
was released in June 2015, the public was shocked. The footage was shot by an investigator for
the Humane Society of the United States. He spent three weeks working at the farms
as a day laborer, and found the farm’s chickens were living in horrible conditions. Cages were dirty, dead chickens dropped to
the ground and stayed there so long they were mummified, and live chickens had little to
no room to even move. Hillandale disputed the footage, saying it
didn’t show the norm and claiming the investigator was documenting the very conditions he had
been hired to clean up. While the Humane Society did admit the video
was simply a small snapshot, they also added there were a ton of red flags that more was
going on at the facility than Hillandale was saying. As for Costco, they felt the pressure, and
announced in December of that year that they would carry only cage-free eggs. It’s no secret that Costco customers love
their rotisserie chickens and their hot dogs, so when the corporation announced they were
going to be getting rid of their Polish dog in 2018, social media was not having any of
that nonsense… especially when it was announced they were replacing the favorite with things
like plant-based protein salads and organic burgers. “‘I’d rather have an acai bowl than a Polish
dog’, said no one with functioning taste buds.” Even though CFO Richard Galanti assured The
Seattle Times that the original all-beef hot dog combo wasn’t going away, it didn’t really
do much to comfort some people. Instead, devoted fans created the hashtag
SaveThePolishDog in a push to use social media for good, rather than evil. Alas, it didn’t work, but there is some good
news: the Polish dog is still being served in Canadian locations. Time to start planning your next vacation. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 Comments

  1. “Costco faced loss of business due to Asian slave trade and people were excuted” <euro music continues blaring>( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  2. I suspect that Sams Club, and Costco are getting kick-backs from Coke and Pepsi. Why? They used to sell their own house brands of soda, which under sold the name brands. Quality was good and the price was always lower. Suddenly the house brands disappeared, replaced by Coke and Pepsi products. There's been no explanation available. I've written them via e-mail to customer service, and received no replies. Hmm? Now seeing this report on what happened with generic drug producers at Costco, I think something stinks in the soda aisle too.

  3. You can still get the Costco polish dog. You just need to get off your fat ass, buy it at the refrigerated section, and boiled it yourself.

  4. After eating a polish dog from Costco for the second time, I got a lick of food poisoning. Nothing too serious. Pretty bad nausea, stomach cramps, and more. Blew over within 2-3 days

  5. Costco needs to dump its Nestle’s bottled water, and all of that companies products for that matter. Their bottled water business is extremely corrupt, buying up millions of gallons of fresh water for hundreds of dollars even in drought periods when residents are ordered to cut their water use. We need to let Costco know that this isn’t right.

  6. Yup once again with all these treasonous corrupted rich fn greesy greedy JEWISH Las Tecos nazi worshippers or (¥) for short form of this hidden secret nxivm pedophile cannibalistic jew nazi cult of rich jews only like hollywood and congress officials.

  7. I still think Costco is the best place in the world to shop the most honest people I know nobody can beat him nobody

  8. Went to Costco yesterday. had 2 hot dogs and were they good and only cost a buck and a half for each one on top of that got a soda for free and a refill to take home.

  9. I stop going to Costco because they ended the Polish dog. Sam's club has the same pizza and the gas lines are much shorter. So see ya to you socialist!

  10. The word 'quote' is never used ahead of the actual quoted piece, when quotation marks are used. You may say 'quote' when speaking, but never when writing. To do so only exposes you as a common hick who never finished 6th grade.

  11. Latest scam in delhi is special no wait credit card lines at delhi forcing cas customers to wait longer…bummer

  12. Trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting. Be careful, their corndogs does not have real hotdogs in it. They're nasty artificial hotdogs. I found out after taking them out from freezer and took only the hotdogs. I said wow, never again.

  13. We love us our Costco store. I sure don't think they are doing anything wrong on purpose.
    This is making a big deal out of nothing.

  14. QUITE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE WITH ALL THE CRAPPY BACKGROUND MUSIC TO LISTEN TO – HOW ABOUT NEWS WITHOUT ALL THE S**T CAN MUSIC.

  15. Maybe i wont spend forever flipping burgers and I may one day be an executive now that I know these dumbasses called thier jewelry tiffany and lost 19 mill.

  16. I'm with Costco on the rings. As long as they never had the name Tiffany on or around the rings or anything that would suggest they came from Tiffany's there shouldn't be a problem. Any customer who bought one THINKING it was a Tiffany brand ring is a moron. That's like thinking you're buying a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow from a Yugo dealership. Yeah I buy my Rolex watches from Costco. I hear they're having a sale on Lear Jets next week.

  17. I USED TO SHOP AT COSTCO 2 TO 3 TIMES A WEEK WHILE SPENDING WELL OVER $700 OR MORE, I HAVE SEEN THE CHANGES ESPECIALLY IN THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT. THEIR STRAWBERRIES ARE W O R L D' S WORST BERRIES EVER. YOU PUT THEM IN THE FRIDGE NEXT MORNING YOU SEE BROWN SPOTS. THAT MEANS THE FIELF WHERE THEY CAME FROM BEEN LOADED WITH CHEMICAL FERTELIZERS. ALLLLLLLLLLL THEIR VEGETABLES LEGUMES, BANANAS, SALAD, ARE A MEDIOCRE QUALITY. SO GUESS WHAT I STARTED SHOPPING AT GUELSONS I PAY A LITTLE MORE BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I GET U L T R A SUPERIOR QUALITY OF FRESH FRUIT AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT
    O R G A N I C. SO THE HELL WITH COSTCO.

  18. I bought some pretzels there an found a molar in it😱when I sent them a pic to notify them…. I got a text back in Japanese and some other language😤

  19. More air-headed yapping, plus falling back on clips from movies, PLUS citing CNN as a credible source, equals MORE useless garbage.

  20. I would never buy food at Coscto. Low quality high in GMO and other toxic. Look Costco customers, majority are overweight .

  21. Costco has not killed anyone yet! So back off! God Bless this country is going hell from little bitchers!!!!! You go Costco!!!!!!!!!If you don't like it don't by it!! How hard is it!!!!!

  22. Funny how big corporations can break the law and only risk getting fined or sued, while the rest of us would get labelled a criminal and receive prison time.

  23. Get your facts straight or you will be called FAKE NEWS. Slave trade is nothing new, you are a slave right now to any country.

  24. Fu k u mashed!! Liberal socialist lying garbage. Y don’t u cover your Chinese slavery products, ur house full of them.

  25. If I have to become a "subscriber" for the privilege to shop at Costco, or any other shop/brand, the I don't shop there.
    In Australia it is $60au per year subscription.

  26. The biggest CRIME is that they still PUSH the ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG!

    http://medicolegal.tripod.com/tobaccomurder.htm

  27. Asian invasion rip offs all over the world, you don't get the genuine product anymore. "DUSGUSTING & DISGRACEFU"

  28. So people are upset about Slave labor used in the shrimping industry, while they are watching this video on their IPHONE, built using slave labor. ….

  29. Tiffany sells nothing but junk I want buy a ring from Tiffany's that they gave me a 75% discount how would that they sell junk also

  30. The chickens being tortured to provide eggs to Costco. And Costco acting like it wasn’t their call to make sure their eggs were humanly produced by those poor sentient creatures of god. Shame on Costco and the egg company should be bankrupted into oblivion

  31. Still better than that cheap ass Walmart and Sam's club they buy slave labor goods for everything they sell and screw over there employees

  32. More corporate corruption scandals in the world stamp out and stop corruption by corporations by not shopping and buying from them

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