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Costco Is Starting to Restrict Food Court Access to Members Only

Costco Is Starting to Restrict Food Court Access to Members Only

For those without a Costco membership, getting your hands on the warehouse's iconic $1.50 hot dog and soda combo might prove to be difficult in the weeks to come.

Whether you're able to purchase anything from Costco's food court menu without a membership card currently seems to vary by location. But now it appears that the warehouse might soon begin cracking down on even more.

Just a few days ago, a Reddit user posted a photo of an ominous sign spotted at a Costco in Orlando. The announcement warned food court patrons that they would soon need a membership card to make a purchase.

"Effective April 8, 2024, an active Costco membership card will be required to purchase items from our food court. You can join today. Please see our membership counter for details," the sign read.

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Some users in the comments pointed out that membership cards have always been required for food court purchases, but the policy wasn't always implemented.

"I’m pretty sure it was mandatory but just not enforced before," one person wrote.

Washington D.C.'s Fox 5 also reported on the food court change in a news segment that aired this week. According to the report, the food court will be "off limits to people who would just come in to eat and not do any actual shopping in the store."

Costco's membership policies have made headlines several times in the past year. Most recently, the warehouse riled up customers when it was reported that they would begin testing a new policy that would require shoppers to scan their membership cards for entry.

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