Dear Stephanie Bradley,
I am currently a member of Costco. I have seen on the outside of the building in several areas a posting of "Firearms Prohibited". I have also read your response to a Costco member.
In your response to the question regarding customers carrying personal protection, you stated "Costco does not believe that it is necessary for firearms to be brought into its warehouse stores, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers." But, 04:00 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A Sunset District woman leaving a Costco store in San Francisco was beaten, kidnapped, robbed and twice choked to the point where she blacked out, police said yesterday. The 48-year-old woman, whose name was not released, told investigators that two men accosted her at 6 p.m. Tuesday as she was opening the trunk of her car in the parking lot of the store, at 10th and Harrison streets. And Woman Hurt During Robbery At Montclair Costco MONTCLAIR, Calif. A woman was hurt during a robbery in a Costco parking lot in Montclair, police said. Not to mention, Bend Costco carjacking suspect caught in Yakima, Around 12:30 on Saturday, Feb. 9, police responded to the Costco parking lot on Highway 20. A 31-year-old woman said she was leaving the store with her 8-month-old child in a stroller when she was approached by a man who brandished a knife and demanded her car keys, forcing the woman to the ground and fleeing in the vehicle.
I can go on and on about how Costco Members were attacked by criminals in Costco parking lots. Your argument is "For the protection of all our members and employees, we feel this is a reasonable and prudent precaution to ensure a pleasant shopping experience and safe workplace. Our policy is meant to protect our members and employees in all warehouses around the world." I would like to ask how it is reasonable and prudent to demand that your customers, your members, be defenseless on your property. If a member has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and carries their weapon discreetly from the parking lot, to the warehouse and back out to their car, how does that threaten other members and employees?
You wrote "The shopping experience is not enhanced by bringing a firearm into our warehouse." Are you of the mind that a firearm is an accessory? Most people walk around not believing they could be a target, the "oh, it will never happen to me" perspective. But, when it does happen, and they are not prepared, your customers end up brutalized.
Law abiding citizens who carry firearms are of the mind " it may never happen, but if it does I am going to defend myself and my family." What is Costco going to do to provide for my safety once my "shopping experience" is over and I need to cross the parking lot and load my goods into my car since it is part of my membership agreement that I be disarmed and defenseless?
This is from an article involving a kidnapping rape and murder from a Wal-Mart parking lot.
In the Supreme Court case, the judge pointed out that “parking lots in particular have provided fertile ground for crime, because customers usually possess money or recently purchased merchandise.” She also noted that most courts have ruled that businesses do have a duty to take
reasonable precautions to protect customers from foreseeable criminal acts. The judge set a new negligence standard for Tennessee that the “foreseeability of harm and the gravity of harm must be balanced against the commensurate burden imposed on the business to protect against that harm.” She said this standard “recognizes the national trend that businesses must justifiably expect to share in the cost of crime attracted to the business.”
I hope that you never become a victim of Costco policies.
Costco Members since 2001
P.S. Sam's Club/Wal-Mart has rescinded their no firearms policy since being sued for 15 million dollars for demanding that a female customer be disarmed while shopping and was attacked on her way to her car.