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South Carolina Restaurant Allegedly Resold Costco Pizza At 700% Markup

Yes, having a Costco membership can be a godsend in some regards. You can stock up on frozen foods to last you until the end of time. But if you were a restaurant, would you go as far as to buy some Costco brand frozen pizza and pass it off as your own?

Apparently that’s what a restaurant in South Carolina did, reports The Post and Courier.

Coquin, a wine bar in Charleston, is selling “Roman-style” pizzas for $18 and $20 depending if they are plain or have toppings as a way for the restaurant to transition into delivery during this worldwide pandemic. However, the Post and Courier had been alerted by both patrons and employees of the restaurant that the pizza they were offering for delivery had in fact been pre-purchased from Costco’s frozen food section .

According to the Post and Courier, a reporter spotted the owner of Coquin receive a delivery order and walk up to his private residence leaving with “Fresh Pizza, Oven Baked” boxes. Afterwards the reporter discovered four-pack boxes of Kirkland’s Signature Cheese Pizzas with Breadcrumb Crusts (about $10 for four pizzas) in the restaurant’s dumpster.

When asked directly, however, the owner denied that the pizzas sold for delivery were from Costco.

Even with fresh toppings thrown onto Costco’s already existing $2.50 cheese base, this comes out to about a 700% markup. Which is arguably just as bad as hoarding toilet paper and disinfectant and selling it at a higher price during these times.

Coquin’s website for pizza delivery is currently down at the time of publication.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Puts a Price on ‘Lovin’ It’ – Asks for 25 Cents for Extra Ketchup Packets

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Well, what did we expect from ketchup that calls itself “fancy?”

According to New York news site DNAinfo, several Mickey D’s franchises in Manhattan have been charging customers an extra fee for extra ketchup packets, because apparently the costs of giving them away for free have just gotten too damn high.

One McDonald’s manager in the East Village stated her location’s particular fee (a quarter per extra “handful”) was implemented after she noticed too many unopened ketchup packets just being thrown away. Several other franchisees also defended their own extra-ketchup charges as a necessary response to rising real estate prices and the “tough economy.”

Still, for 16 – 17% more than the 1.5 cents it costs to buy the things in the first place, excuse me if I’m feeling a little jipped. I mean, how else am I supposed to get my daily source of vitamins if I can’t douse my fries in free tomato puree?

What do you guys think of McDonald’s extra-ketchup free? A necessary evil, or stingy as f@#k?

H/T DNAInfo + PicThx Let’s Go Pens