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Costco’s Food Court Exclusive: No Membership, No $1.50 Hot Dog Deal!

In a plot twist that feels like it’s straight out of a “Members Only” club rulebook, Costco is putting its foot down on who gets to enjoy the legendary $1.50 hot dog deal. Yes, you heard that right. The days of sneaking into Costco’s food court for a budget-friendly feast without a membership card might soon be a memory of the past.

So, let’s set the scene: You’re walking towards the Costco food court, dreaming about that hot dog and soda combo that’s been the same price since, well, forever. But wait, there’s a new sign at the entrance, and it’s not about a new pizza topping. Starting April 8, 2024, Costco is rolling out the red carpet exclusively for its members. Want to indulge in that unbeatable deal or grab a slice of their giant pizza? You’ll need to flash your Costco membership card like it’s the hottest ticket in town.

Now, if you’re not in the know, Costco’s membership is like the golden key to a kingdom of bulk items, killer deals, and yes, access to their famed food court. Membership tiers start at $60 for the Gold Star, which gets you through the door, and $120 for the Executive level, where the perks get as fancy as the title sounds.

Spotted at a Woodbridge Costco, the sign making this announcement clear as crystal is just the beginning. The wholesale giant is extending its membership crackdown to the food court across many locations. It’s like Costco is saying, “Hey, our food court is so good, it’s worth the price of membership!”

The company’s website lays down the law: “You will be required to show your membership card when entering any Costco warehouse and when checking out at a payment register. Bar codes, photos, or other copies are not acceptable.” That’s right, folks. Costco is going full bouncer mode on us, and a picture of your buddy’s card on your phone won’t cut it anymore.

While some may mourn the loss of their secret food court runs, Costco members might be doing a little victory dance. After all, it’s a nod to the exclusivity of their membership, adding another layer of value to that annual fee. And let’s be honest, for the unbeatable combo of quality, quantity, and price that Costco offers, flashing that membership card feels like a small price to pay for the bounty that awaits inside.

So, if you’ve been enjoying those food court perks on the down-low, it might be time to consider joining the Costco club officially. Not only will you keep the dream of the $1.50 hot dog deal alive, but you’ll also unlock a world of bulk goodies, discounts, and maybe even some bragging rights among your friends. After all, in the world of Costco, membership does have its privileges, and now, more than ever, it’s your passport to a food court experience that’s become the stuff of legends.