if costco were a person

From our recent grocery shopping show on Hear in the City, we bring you contributor Will Coley’s audio essay on why he likes Costco so much, “warts and all”. The warehouse store chain has proven to weather the recession well, perhaps by not accepting credit cards other than American Express, but Will asked recently, “Can I take back my Costco love?” when he read about the company’s agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to screen employees with the E-verify system for legal immigration status. The voluntary social security data scanning system has drawn criticism for its intrusion of privacy and because one in 25 entries are flawed or misspelled, resulting in termination of employment or declining to hire qualified job applicants.

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