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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Question: How do you spot a Costco thief.

Answer: Read on.

Costco Thief

Costco Thief

The other day my daddy and I were shopping at Costco.

Usually the first thing we do is stop by the book pile to see what is new and what is not. I climb in to the basket and read books while daddy pushes me around and buys stuff.

The other day we saw a lady with an open bag of Pita Bread chips or some such snack.

She was munching away.

We ran into her a couple of times. The last time we saw her the bag was empty and she set it aside and headed for the check out.

Hmm… she munched on all the food, then threw it away without paying for it.

Daddy said, “That’s stealing.”

When daddy finished shopping we put the books back that I had read and we headed for the checkout.

“Uh, oh,” daddy said.

“”What, daddy?”

“Do you know how to spot a Costco thief?” Daddy asked me.


“Well, for me,” daddy went on, “It’s looking in the mirror.”

Somehow I got what daddy was trying to say.

You don’t need to be bicultural or multicultural to know that taking something that is offered up for payment and consuming it without paying is stealing.


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Bill Belew

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