I'd like to share my recent trip to costco. I am 17 and live with my family (still in high school).
My mother sent me to go get some groceries after work, and armed with her membership card I went to go get the week's necessity's as well as ingredients for that night's dinner. So I made my way around the store, and as anyone who shops at Costco would know this is no quick trip. About 45 minutes later, a full cart, and a hungry 8 year old brother we head into line. The cashier lady asks for my card.
I give it to her. "This isn't your card" she accuses when she see's my mother's mug shot, excuse me, picture and I hurriedly explain it is my mother's and I live with her and that I am 17, I'm not a friend trying to get by without paying for a membership, not even a family member not living with her. She immediately shuts down and says "Oh well than I am sorry but for legal reasons we can't sell to you because you are under 18." and she has the man packing up the grocery's (the same one's I painstakingly found over the course of 45 minutes going through crowded aisle after aisle making sure to get every item on my mom's list.) start to wheel away my card. So I say "fine, can I get them just this once, we need this food to finish making tonight's dinner and I will bring her with me next time" but I already know that she is going to refuse so there is nothing I can do but duck my head from being so humiliated and rush out of there with my brother.
Of course I am forced to wait in the long line to have my "items" checked and after short of being frisked I explain I didn't make any purchases and therefore do not have a receipt I gather up my pride and leave.
Of course after this I still need food for dinner so I stop by the local grocery store and repeat my earlier trip, beyond pissed that I am able to go to work every day, drive, and yet I am "under the legal age to purchase grocery's." Sorry for the rant, but the way Costco treats it's PAYING customer's is beyond frustrating, and I had to voice this. Still they get business because of their (sometimes) cheap prices and ability to buy in bulk...
Product or Service Mentioned: Costco Cashier.