The Huge Hot Dog Scandal That Completely Rocked Costco
Costco may be one of the world’s largest retailers,
but for many customers, the store’s real attraction
is its mega-popular food court — and more
specifically, its legendary $1.50 hot dog
and soda combo.
But in the summer of 2018, Costco made a move
that caused a major backlash: They revamped
the food court menu and did away with one
of the most popular offerings that had been
a long-standing option in that famous $1.50
combo: the all-beef Polish sausage.
So why would Costco choose to mess with the
success of a sales-driving food court item?
One purported reason for the menu change was
that it happened in part due to space constraints
— after all, Costco’s food court menu consists
of a number of large signs over the food court
counters, and each time a new item is introduced,
another item often has to be eliminated for
a new sign to find its place.
And not only was the Polish dog dropped, but
many Costco food courts also dropped other
popular items — including chocolate frozen
yogurt, the berry frozen yogurt sundae, chili,
and the barbecue brisket sandwich.
The items Costco chose to replace those tasty
Healthier options like an açaí fruit bowl
with granola, an al pastor salad with plant-based
protein, and an organic burger.
Needless to say, Costco food court fans were
not pleased, and many took to social media
to vent their frustration.
Soon #SavethePolishDog was trending on Twitter,
amidst a sea of devastated comments, crying
emojis and angry reaction gifs.
On user wrote:
“If I wanted a healthier vegan friendly option
I wouldn’t be at your food court…”
“How many people go to a fast food restaurant
because they want to eat healthy?
Do you not remember McDonald’s Salads?”
So how did Costco respond to the backlash?
Well, by pretty much ignoring it — except
to issue a disclaimer that at least the all-beef
hot dog combo remains, and has yet to give
way to a veggie dog-only deal.
Wienerschnitzel, however, took to Twitter
to remind Polish dog fans that they had been
offering a Polish sausage for over 50 years
— and don’t plan to stop doing so.
Even Sam’s Club stepped in to troll Costco,
while simultaneously wooing potential customers
by adding a Polish dog to their own food court
This proved to be a timely move, as several
#SavethePolishDog tweeters hinted they’d be
ditching their Costco memberships, while others
mulled over the possibility of making a membership
switch based on food court offerings alone.
But how does the Sam’s Club version compare
One taste-tester tweeted:
“I went to @SamsClub yesterday and got a Polish
It was delicious.
You hear that, @Costco?
IT WAS DELICIOUS!”
Although the Costco Polish sausage has been
gone from many of its food courts for over
a year, the campaign to bring back this fan
favorite is far from over — and no, it isn’t
just old fogies all set in their ways who
are demanding the return of this not-so-healthy-but-nevertheless-delicious
A video posted to YouTube in June 2019 announced
the “Polish Dogs 2020” campaign launched by
16-year-old Izagani Aquino, who, in his non-Polish
dog related political career, is also a junior
vice president at San Marin High School in
His “movement for change” not only has its
own Facebook and Instagram pages, but even
has a celebrity endorsement from the great
Joey Chestnut, perhaps the world’s leading
expert on tubular sausages.
And Chestnut’s professional opinion on the
“I think it would be good to get Polish dogs
back… more than one encased meat on the
menu would be a good thing.”
Until this campaign succeeds, however, Costco
Polish addicts do have one final recourse…
although they may need to get their passports
According to Costco Canada, their stores have
no plans to remove or replace the Polish sausage
on their menu.
“You should go pack your bag, because we are
going to Canada.”
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