The Real Reason Costco Has Employees Who Check Receipts Makes So Much Sense

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Is there anything Costco can’t do? Whether you want a never-ending tub of Nutella, a bottomless pit of mac and cheese, or some surprisingly delicious apple pie spring rolls, the megastore has everything you could possibly need – and more.

But now one very interesting aspect of the Costco shopping experience has gone viral – and the internet is suitably intrigued…

We all love Costco.

After Walmart, it’s the second-largest retailer in North America, having been founded way back when in 1983. Imagine – there was once a world without Costco!

It’s a pretty unique experience, to say the least.

It’s designed for small businesses to buy large amounts at wholesale prices – but it’s also open to the public, meaning regular folks can make some pretty impressive savings.

It’s an exciting place.

When everything is enormous and affordable, shopping at Costco can quickly turn into something of a manic episode.

Sure, you have to be a member to join …

But once you’re in, you get unlimited access to all the amazing (and unique) products they have on offer.

Oh, and there’s something else everyone loves about the store.

Can we say free samples? There’s nothing better than cruising past the unsuspecting employees multiple times to make you feel like a secret agent.

The Costco experience is something of a meme at this point.

You really can’t hit the store up for a small shop. Whatever you “need,” you’ll always return with much, much more.

Which means one thing …

You always end up with a rather extensive Costco receipt.
And unlike in other stores, you always get your receipt checked on the way out. But now the internet has found out why, and our minds are blown.

It turns out, they aren’t actually checking for shoplifting.

It’s actually to check for any potential errors on the receipt. Since the cashiers are always scanning at a hundred miles per hour, sometimes mistakes can slip by.

So the glance at the receipt is actually to see whether you’ve been over (or under) charged for any item.

One former Costco employee told Consumerist: “I hardly ever saw people that had items that had not been paid for. Literally maybe once or twice in a month of working the door. We would catch hundreds of dollars a week in overcharges, though.”

Consider us shocked.

Did you know this weird fact?