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Bellingham Residents take out anger over Canadian shoppers online
So we're helping their struggling economy by heading down to their crappy little town and spending money and this is the thanks we get? That been said, I'll play devils adovate and I can understand why some people are pissed, here's a prime example;
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - It seems people in Bellingham don't always appreciate the presence of Canadian shoppers, especially at the local Costco outlet.
A Facebook page has created lively debate about just how much impact Canadian shoppers are having on that city.
The Facebook page "Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans" alleges we Canadians are rude and take up parking spaces.
The site is getting tonnes of responses. Some Canadians are so incensed they vow never to shop in the US again. Others point out that Canadian shopping props up the economy.
Ken Oplinger with the Whatcom Chamber of Commerce laughs at the reference that "them Canadians can be rude."
"I think everyone in the world thinks as Canadians as polite, so I'm not sure where that comes from," he says.
He's not putting too much stock in what's being said on the site. "The wonder of the Internet is that we can make all sorts of fun comments anonymously, but as soon as someone wants to identify them, they say 'I can't do that.'"
He has some good news for Costco fans.
"What Costco is doing is that they've already identified the need for an expansion," he explains.
"They're working very closely with the city of Bellingham and what I'm hearing right now is that it will most likely be at Bakerview and I-5, which would put it right off the freeway." He expects an announcement in the coming months.
Ken Mann, who sits on Whatcom County Council, is reassuring us that most Americans appreciate the business Canadians bring into their country.
"Whatcom County has 200,000 people. If 2,000 people on Facebook have given it a thumbs up, that's still only one per cent of the population," he says.