8 Things Costco Members Should Never Do, According to Employees

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Not-So-Common Courtesy

If want to know what war feels like, head to Costco during the holidays. Armed with large metal carts, hordes of deal-hungry shoppers fly through the aisles, snatching up pumpkin pies, leaving trash, and ruffling up displays. And if it feels like war just to shop at Costco, imagine what it's like to work there. (Hint: It's hard.) But as a Costco consumer (or combatant), there are several irksome behaviors you can avoid to make employees' lives a bit easier. Here are eight things Costco members should never do, according to employees on Reddit.

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Don't Hold Up the Line Looking For Your Membership

Be prepared with your membership card when you grab a cart to avoid clogging the entryway. "People pushing carts are trying to get through to refill the main corral and you sitting there when you grab a cart fumbling for your card slows everyone down," an employee explains.

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Don't Leave Products Scattered Around the Store

Retail employees often complain about shoppers who leave unwanted items (even perishables) strewn across the store, and Costco workers are no different. "Just bring (an unwanted item) with you to checkout and let us know! We are happy to take it back for you. Someone else may want the item," a Costco worker writes.

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Don't Block the Aisles

Another near-universal gripe among retail employees? Customers who block aisles. "There are still places you can leave your cart unattended for a hot minute without it being in everybody else's way," one comment reads.

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Don't Try to Get Into Costco Early

"Stop trying to access the warehouse before they open," one Costco Redditor writes. Businesses have store hours for a reason, and employees who don't let you in early are just following the rules.

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Don't Leave a Pile of Unfolded Clothes

While this complaint comes from a frustrated shopper, there's no doubt folding (and refolding) piles and piles of clothes is a pain for Costco employees. If your folding skills are subpar, just bring the unwanted items to the register, one commenter suggests.