Costco's food court, home of the $1.50 soda and hot dog and other cheap deals, could be set to become a privilege afforded only to members.
Word has spread about the apparent shift in policy after a photo of a sign placed at a Costco in San Diego was shared on Instagram by the @CostcoDeals account (not affiliated with the retailer).
"Effective March 16, 2020, an active Costco membership card will be required to purchase items from our food court," it reads. "You can join today. Please see our membership counter for details."
Costco confirmed it will started enforcing the policy in a comment to CBS News 8 in San Diego.
In doing so, the retailer said that its policy had always been that the food court was for members only, but now it will start enforcing it.
The news hasn't gone down well with fans of the food court, who will now need to be in possession of at least a $60-a-year Gold membership.